Happy White People Getting Drunk Day!
Here we are again at another borderline holiday that really makes no sense at all here in NYC, or in all of the United States really. It’s just another excuse for white people, bro’s and fratties, among legions of suburbanites, to go out and get shit-faced on cheap tequila, margaritas, and Coronas! Now, I’m not saying that myself or my friends have never done the sombrero crawl on May 5th partying it up for Cinco de Mayo, but I’m pretty much over the amateur hour of drunkenness to celebrate a long ago Mexican battle. The date is actually observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s improbable victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It’s a sense of pride for many in that country. It is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day, which is on September 16th. Just sayin’.
Then again, does anyone really care here in the States? Not really, as it’s just another reason to go out after work and get polluted while eating at bad Mexican restaurants and feasting on nachos and tacos. We all love tacos! There are so many ways to make them – meat, fish, vegan – that there is something for everyone’s tastes. Helps soak up all the booze too. Here’s another fun fact – it’s also Taco Tuesday!
Yes – taco’s for all tonight! Piled high with sour cream and hot sauce. Oh yeah. It seems as if every other restaurant in my neighborhood has some sort of Cinco de Mayo party going on tonight. Spots that are normally not Mexican based in the slightest. Italian restos, Irish bars, my fav German place, sports bars, even the Indian eateries are getting down and dirty with becoming Mexican for the day. Special menus and drink deals. Along with that also comes out the droves of people who want to do nothing but get sloshed and act as if they really know what this day means to many who really are of Mexican origin. Who we kidding? Most people don’t care and just want to drink and eat. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I can attest to being a part of this drunken group in the past.
It’s just that it’s become “amateur hour” here in NYC as I am sure we will also see plenty of drunken shenanigans and puke puddles in the streets later tonight. It’s Mexican St Paddy’s Day! Tequila will fuck you up pretty good. Margaritas taste great and go down so easy. Way too easy. It’s a fun drink. Before you know it after six or seven of them, mixed in with some Dos Equis and Coronas, tacos and salsa, you’ll be projectile vomiting across the sidewalk. I’m steering clear of these spots tonight and heading to the gym. At least if I puke there it will be because I was squatting heavy and will have a bucket close by! I’m sure we’ll see more than enough tequila hangovers tomorrow at our places of employment.
Oh, and for the love of all that is holy, if you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo and live out in the burbs please don’t go feasting at Taco Bell. That’s always a risky adventure.
Unless you bring me back some bean burritos, chalupas, and cinnamon twists! I’m not above running for the border once in a while myself.