Fêtes and Folly: Bacchus

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Peter Paul Rubens, Bacchus, 1638

In this painting, Peter Paul Rubens paints Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and intoxication, which basically means Bacchus was an alcoholic who liked to party. But, this painting was not commissioned. Rubens painted it just for fun and kept it in his studio until he died. Considering he married a 16 year old when he was 53 years old, I don’t consider his fascination with chubby gods strange at all.

Spring Break as a fledgling includes beaches, music, and of course, alcohol. But, what would Spring Break be like in the future? Technically, there is no two week break that just asks for you to make poor decisions. But, there’s a good rule to follow, YOLO. Create your own Spring Break! You go, Glenn Coco. There are no obstacles to hold you back. Have children? Bring them with you and party with them! The more the merrier! There’s no stopping you. Beer gut? It’s not there if you’re too intoxicated to have the capability to focus. Outta sight, outta mind. Living with the parents is strange? No, it’s the new norm. Make the best of it and bring them with you. Parents are great drinking buddies, until they guzzle down all the good stuff. Thanks Dad. Bring your wife, Barbara! She might pester you about your weight, but geez Barbara! Cut him some slack! He just killed a tiger, what have you done today? Perhaps Barbara should avert her attention to her kids instead of always badgering her husband. We can’t have little Cindy becoming addicted to alcohol at such a young age. 

After a bit of pondering, I withdraw my statement. This is a public service announcement. Do not bring your family on your Spring Break vacation. Instead, just go to Vegas alone.

*** Editor's Note: Students developed the topic of Fêtes and Folly to chronicle elegant celebrations, bad dates, late nights, or other things related to that time in Spring where barbaric yawps can be heard from backyards, beaches, or the more familiar rooftop. Enjoy their revelry, cheeky overstatement, and occasional tales of ribaldry over the next couple of weeks.

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