Speaking of being unfortunate enough not to live in New Orleans, you all really are missing a great time. It is the first weekend of big Carnival parades, and, in case you didn't know, the Saints are in the Superbowl! The game may be in Miami, but the parties are here. Even the San Francisco paper realizes it Our hotels are full and everyone I know is planning to be at some Superbowl party. I have the day off Monday, as does my five year old, who attends a Catholic school. My teens are in public school, and while they haven't cancelled classes, the teachers (those of them who don't take a sick day) have been told to work with kids who are absent and let them make up work. When we won the NFC championship two weeks ago, the absentee rate for the public schools was close to 20%. Anyplace you go, the uniform of the day is black and gold. Most parishes are cancelling the Sunday night mass (and the archbishop is going to be at the game--wearing a gold cross with his black suit). Half the time I've spent reading email at work has been spent reading emails about the Saints. Everyone is in a great mood, and win or lose our Saints are being honored with a parade Tuesday. I'm sure all the Carnival parades this year will somehow work a Saints float into their theme. Yes, we are having a great time, and we wish you were with us!
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