Thursday, January 1, 2009

WELCOME TO '9

Oh, what fun we’ll have in ‘9! What could go wrong? Forget I said that. We have a president that can use pronouns, what more could ya ask? Today’s New Years Day, or the first day of ‘9. Let’s just say that I’m very hung. Over that is. We plan spending the first day of the New Year over a Carl and Will’s house. Eating black eyed peas.

Many parts of the U.S. (meaning the south……meaning Texas) celebrates the New Year by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, (meaning gassy) being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.*

The song, Auld Lang Syne is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."*


After the Peas and Pork we'll spend the remainder of the day on their couch wondering what the rules of football really are. Besides shoveling all their meaty junk in tight spandex. Yum!

So, go have a safe and fun day. And, when someone asks why you’re eating black eyed peas say that you read the reason on some wack-jobs blog. That will gain you respect.

Here's a vid of me in the kitchen last night...




* http://wilstar.com/holidays/newyear.htm

2 comments:

the replicant said...

Are black-eyed peas good for hangover?

Ben said...

Love that Ab_Fab clip... Bubbles is my favourite