Cowboy Mardi Gras – Done Stampede Style
Yes, it’s that time of year again. The Calgary Stampede is just around the corner and the tourists have shown up for the Greatest Show on Earth. Hotel rooms are booked solid (and not just by the tourists), cowboy boots and skimpy clothes are bought and parties have been planned.
Local establishments are readying their ring checks and their booze stock for clientele. They’ve pulled the bulls (*#T) out of storage for riding and tossed around the hay stacks for sitting or whatever.
Yup, it’s rodeo round-up time!
The Stampede is not ALL about fun rides and great food. It’s not ALL about amazing rodeo or free concerts. Seriously people, did you think the country music and free pancake breakfasts were drawing in worldwide visitors?
Not at all. It’s our growing fame for 10 days of legitimate cheating on our spouses. Now hold on a second, I know what you’re thinking. Take a look at it from a different perspective. An economic perspective.
The private eyes in the city cannot keep up with requests during those amazing 10 days and the lawyers are swamped afterwards! The booze sales? Over the top!
Okay, okay, I admit it. Perhaps I exaggerate a little. Maybe! Still, I find it a little disconcerting that our wonderful Stampede is becoming even somewhat tainted by such discouraging behavior. Not to mention the bars that actually help their customers act in such a way. Ring checks indeed!
*Cowboy Mardi Gras was a phrase I stole with permission from RebTheCatSitter over coffee.