¡Feliz cinco de mayo!
When it comes to the U.S.A., is Cinco de Mayo a big deal outside of the Southwest? I honestly don’t know and, to be honest, I can’t say for sure that I really want to know. All that really matters, to me, is that it’s a pretty big day where I come from. It’s always been one of my favorite holidays and the idea of celebrating this day in lock-down, shelter-in-place quarantine really, really sucks. Cinco de Mayo is a time when people should be gathered together and not forcibly separated. It’s also one of the few times that I ever drink. That’s how much I love Cinco de Mayo!
(My fondest Cinco de Mayo memory comes from a 2006 party that I attended in Denton, Texas. Everyone gathered on the roof of a house and celebrated. There are a lot of stories from that night.)
Oh well. This year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration will be different from previous years but still, I look forward to celebrating the day. I may just end up celebrating it by just watching a lot of movies and writing a lot of reviews but that’s just the way of the world right now. As I wrote to a friend of mine yesterday, quarantine sucks but at least I’m getting to watch a lot of movies. Plus, my friend and TSL collaborator, Case Wright, was wonderful enough to send me an audible of Lonesome Dove being read by western actor Lee Horsley. I just got started listening to it but I’m enjoying it so far!
As well, Dillon Francis is doing an online benefit concert so I’ll definitely check that out. Erin makes the best margaritas. And, of course, I can always watch the Cinco de Mayo episode of King of the Hill. That one is a Texas classic.
No, today will not be a typical holiday but that won’t keep us from celebrating!
Anyway, my apologies for this rambling post. This is not exactly a typical TSL article, is it? But sometimes it’s good to just be able to vent a little. We’re staying safe here at TSL and we hope you are too. Happy Cinco de Mayo to all of you.
P.S. Today is not Mexican Independence Day, despite what many people seem to believe. Instead, today commemorates the Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla.