I’ve ignored most of the holidays as they’ve come and gone, at least as far as my writing here goes. I have nothing good to say about Valentine’s Day or its bastard child, this weird “Sweetest Day” thing that’s big up here in Ohio. Since I found out my family is NOT actually Irish (as we thought we were for many years - but no, we’re Scotch) St. Patrick’s Day means nothing to me anymore. (Ok, I’ll be honest. It never really has meant anything to me. I hate beer, much less green beer, and not being a Christian - and definitely not a Catholic - I don’t have any special reverence for that St. Patrick fellow. Not that drinking green beer actually has much to do with him anyway.) Easter, aside from being the time of year that Cadbury eggs are abundant, hasn’t meant much to me since my last Easter Egg hunt at about 10 years of age. (And since I do the whole low carb nutso thing now, the Cadbury eggs are more vexing than happiness inducing, since I can’t have any.) I’ve never understood Memorial Day and Labor Day, aside from the fact that it means a lot of people are off work. (I mean, I know the reason for them, but I’ve never quite understood why it means cooking out and drinking large quantities of alcohol.) Thanksgiving has never been a big deal in my family, so I never really got into it either. Halloween used to be fun, but somewhere along the way, I just sort of lost my exuberance for it. I haven’t dressed up in a costume for Halloween since I was 16. (I really ought to think about changing that one though. Halloween’s a cool holiday.)
Most of the holidays throughout the year mean nothing more than “We’ll be dead at the store today.” or “We’ll be swamped at the store today.” or the more rare (but relished), “Wooo! I get an extra day off cause we’re closed today!”
And really, April Fools’ Day doesn’t even mean that to me. I’m working, but it’s not a holiday that really has any sort of impact on sales of porn or gift items, so we’re neither swamped nor dead, but reveling in the normal Saturday traffic. So I was planning on mostly ignoring it.
Then I was reading a couple of the lists of the creative April Fools’ jokes on the web, like the pretty spiffy WordPattern (of special note are the trackbacks on the announcement where you can’t even tell if some people are taking it seriously or not, and the actual existence of a download file… great attention to detail guys), and Google Romance, which actually isn’t as creative and well done as Google’s usual April 1 fodder. I always dig most of them - they’re good for a few laughs. But I kept finding comments from people, or links to their own blog rants, about how much of an annoyance April Fools’ Day is to them, lots of snipes at the “lameness” of certain ones, or even that April Fools’ has no place in the technology world because it apparently messes up stock markets worldwide. (I had no idea, really.)
Come ON people, LIGHTEN THE FUCK UP!
A sense of humor is really one of the best tools you can wield in the face of real life. (And, just as a personal note, it’s the one trait that can trump nearly all shortcomings when evaluating whether I like people, and wow, can it up a guy’s sexy-o-meter rating.) It’s the only thing that keeps most people sane I think, and you folks have really got to get one. April Fools’ is only one day a year (in my ideal world, something that inspires this kind of creativity would be a monthly or weekly event), and most of the intelligent people in the world (of which, admittedly, there are too few) know to expect some silliness on this day. As for the people that are actually falling for these jokes - well, all I have to say is that it became known as April FOOLS’ Day for a reason, you know?
Sorry about the pissy nature of my post on this humor holiday, but I find it very sad that people can’t let the corn cob fall out of their ass for one day and laugh a little.
To the rest of you, happy April Fools’ Day, and if you’ve found a particularly good web prank, please share. I love these things, and obviously, I could use a good laugh right about now.