So yesterday I complained about Happy New Year wishers....
On that subject, I want to point out that the South Philly gumba will wish you a Happy New Year most enthusiastically.
In fact, even if you don't see your gumba until March of the new annum....he will STILL belatedly wish you one big fat Happy New Year. For some queer reason they are really into it down there.
Speaking of queerness....don't mistake the Mummers for these types. They are the manliest of men even if clad like Key West Halloween prancers.
The annual New Year's Mummer's parade is the raison d'être for what is probably the last of the urban social clubs active in America.
"Honey, I've got string band practice at the club,..."
The Irish and Italian wives of South Philly have had to endure this line, this ruse, for decades.
Practice for next year's performance starts.....next week. Seriously.