Sunday, May 4, 2008

Dos de Mayo Party!

Well, the event came and went, and all without taking a single solitary picture! Everything ran smoothly. We made a substantial amount of money, everyone that we had contracted to provide services the night of the event showed up on time, tasted great, worked, etc. I am very relieved that it is over, and once my reports are done for the Board, I will be sitting around wondering what to do with myself.

As far as my family at the event, Jackson had a blast on the enormous jumper/slide, and it was GREAT watching him get excited every time he would see one of his friends arrive. Tyler loved to run up and down the hill, and she especially loved the ENORMOUS chocolate chip cookie that came with the dinner. Patrick was a great help, taking orders, running food, and making sure legal action was avoided by super duct taping the cord for the bounce house running across the sidewalk. Overall, it was a great night, followed by heavy drinking with friends at the neighborhood bar.

I thought I would take a few minutes to research the history of Cinco de Mayo, and what exactly we celebrated on Friday night, and what you may or may not be celebrating tomorrow. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory, on May 5, 1862, of an ill-equipped Mexican army fending off a large invading French force at the Battle of Puebla. It's a day of national pride in Mexico, but not celebrated with nearly the fervor as Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 15. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become a holiday to celebrate all things Mexican, and Latino heritage more broadly.

So, as you sit down to eat your tacos and margaritas tomorrow night, remember that no holiday is created without reason or purpose behind it!