814Santarchy Date....(a long missive)
- Nov 12, 2008While I don't want to turn the Santarchy date into some big
controversial topic, I am going to chime in here with my two cents.
From what I have read, the only real reasons why the 20th is the
current date was the availability of the school bus for private
transportation and the pending road construction. While I agree that
the use of public transportation has been problematic in the past,
especially later at night, it has also always been one of the best
parts of Santarchy. Riding the bus or Metro in full regalia at various
stages of inebriation throughout the day was always an adventure.
Waiting at the various stops always made time for fun, clandestine
flask use, great timing for a quick smoke, and excellent opportunities
to interact with the public. Yes the school bus would be "convenient,"
but would it really be Santarchy without the ritual of public
Regarding the road construction information that was posted earlier
using this link as a reference:
The story at the link is from 2007... If I am misreading and there is
actually going to be construction at Kingshighway this year...so be
it. That phase of the Hwy 40 rebuild is starting whether we like it or
not, and will still be occurring on the 20th as well, I'd assume.
Now, we all know that Santarchy is actually a two day event...one day
to be Santa, and one day to sleep it off. With the date being set on
the 20th, Sunday the 21st is gone as well....that really doesn't leave
much time for last minute Christmas preparations. Many extended
families gather together the weekend before Christmas, allowing
smaller, immediate family gatherings on Christmas eve and Christmas
day. If one were planning to travel over the holidays, the
weekend/week before is probably when most people would be planning to
leave. Then there is the issue of those that work in retail. Having
been in that unenviable position myself in the past, I can attest that
the weekend/week before Christmas is a time that is nearly impossible
to take off of work, and while at work, you had better not be hungover
because its going to be hell if you are.
Lastly, I would like to also mention that many workplaces tend to hold
their holiday parties the Saturday before Christmas. I know that mine
does, as well as Cheryl's. I know that we have several school and
workplace acquaintances that are excited about the prospect of their
first Santarchy, that would likely be unable to attend on the 20th.
While it would be theoretically possible to do multiple events, it
would mean being unable to enjoy Santarchy the way it should be enjoyed.
If there are reasons for choosing the 20th over the 13th that I am
unaware of, I am sorry. I can only base this argument on what I have
read on this board. Yes, my reasons for writing this are entirely
selfish- I want Cheryl and I to be able to go to Santarchy 2008, all
day, all night, the full, interactive, inebriated experience. I want
to see all of my Santarchy friends decked out in their red and white
finery, wreaking havoc across the countryside. It saddens me to think
that I may not get to sing refrains of the never ending "You Better
Watch Out!" or hear the infamout cry of "HO HO HO, SANTA'S GOTTA GO!"
If the 20th remains the chosen date, then I am afraid that this sad
eventuality will come to pass.
Enough ranting from me for now, sorry for the length,
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