Niagara Gazette


May 5, 2013

VINCENT DAVIS: You don't need a sombrero to have a good time


Niagara Gazette — These are real holidays with real traditions, stories and histories (though not the stories or histories you’re thinking of regarding ‘Mexican Independence Day,’ which is actually Sept. 16).

When it comes down to it, human beings are hard-wired to get down and have a good time. According to the increasingly accurate Wikipedia; archeologists have discovered beer jugs from the late Stone Age that tells us that purposely fermented beverages existed at least as early as 10,000 B.C. Do you think our Stone Age ancestors also invented “Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day” t-shirts to justify wearing oversized hats and partying all day on a Sunday? I think not (especially since sewing fabrics didn’t really become a “thing” until 4,000 B.C.)

Friends and neighbors, I’d like to take some time to get “real” with you. While not specifically spelled out in the constitution, Bill of Rights or any other official document outlining the rights of free peoples — you can wear a novelty hat any night of the week. Furthermore, while general society may frown upon it, you can group text your friends to “hit the town” whenever work and restaurant schedules permit.

In fact happy hours and Sunday brunch specials across this great nation would suggest that “partying,” “chilling” and getting together with friends is encouraged regardless of the day of the week. No need to speak broken Spanish or drink Pabst Blue Ribbon while discussing great workers’ uprisings of the past. You can leave your squirt guns and pussy willows at home (Dyngus Day) and if you’re still a little nervous about how society will look at you, you can always hit up a TGI Fridays, because in there it’s always Friday.

Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. He can be contacted at

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