The first of April, some do say
Is set apart for All Fool’s Day;
But why the people call it so
Nor I, nor they themselves, do know,
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment.
~ Poor Robin’s Almanac, 1790 ~
It didn’t even occur to me that today was April Fool’s until I started reading some of the news on the internet. Most of the extra visitors left early yesterday but some remained to party on last night. After experiencing our first Easter in Panama it became clear why Bishop Ulloa said “We have to be serious, it’s not week to be at noisy parties…”.
This last holiday of summer meant noisy parties at the beach, lots of garbage and busy restaurants in the burg. We ran into someone who lives close to one of the beaches and he said that there were many tents up in the area he lives in. I pointed out that there are no public bathrooms, nor any port a potties in his area. Yes, for that reason he stayed out of the water all weekend. And so for him it was a long weekend of the prelude to April Fool’s.
April Fool’s or All Fools Day is a day when humor rules and innocent pranks, practical jokes, and deceptions are the norm. Usual practices range from simple tricks played on friends, family, and coworkers to intricate media jokes created for mass consumption. The day is mostly practiced in western countries. I’ve noted nothing here today, there are too many people recovering from Semana Santa methinks. Even though it’s nice to see the burg hopping it’s also nice to say goodbye to all the extra revelers and have the quiet back.
While I was tooling around the next today I read about some of the practical jokes out there. I always enjoy the WestJet advertisements, maybe because they’re based in Alberta or maybe just because they’re clever. (I enjoy them almost as much as the Air New Zealand safety videos). This is my favorite joke video for today.
And even though this isn’t a joke it fits in with the furry critter theme. And Boomer is a character even when sleeping. I guess not having shoulder blades is a blessing, it must stop him from getting a crick in his neck while sleeping in this position!