Today is Valentine’s Day—and Ash Wednesday. Kind of an odd mash-up of things that don’t really match. The day we kick-off forty days of fasting and remember we are dust and unto dust we shall return combined with the day we normally celebrate romance, go out to dinner and binge on candy. (For the record, the last time Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day collided was 1945. The Detroit Tigers also won the World Series that year. True story.)
This got me thinking about other unlikely mash-ups. For instance, Wired Magazine took a look at some combination inventions. Some that work. Some not-so-much. Best (or, at least, my favorite): Clock radio. Waking up to music instead of a siren was a brilliant idea, especially for those of us who aren’t morning people. Worst: A combination plow and gun, which was patented in 1862 by two guys in Waterloo, NY. Another mash-up that’s a total fail: the combo steering wheel-desk tray, which allows you to eat or work while you drive. What could go wrong? A pet peeve of mine: sporks. They don’t work well as either a spoon or a fork.
Food mash-ups: Mac ‘n cheese pizza. That would be a no for me. But T-ball players may disagree. As a kid, I loved peanut butter and sweet pickle sandwiches – all the sweet of jelly with the bonus of crunch.
Check out YouTube if you’d like to see some odd music mash-ups. Adele’s Rolling in the Deep and AC/DC Back in Black mash-up is a total fail, in my opinion. The mash-up of Pink Floyd’s The Wall and the Bee Gee’s Staying Alive? Brilliant. It totally works for me, but then I grew up during the disco era.
Back to the Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day conundrum. Obviously, we could move our Valentine’s celebration to another day. But if we want to be creative and work both in, candy and a big dinner are off the menu. Maybe Mass and a movie? We could get our ashes, then go to the cinema (sans popcorn). Is there a movie currently playing that would seem appropriate to watch with ashes on our foreheads?
Any special plans for Valentine’s Day or Lent or a mash-up of the two? Any favorite mash-ups—food, music or other? Share your thoughts in the comments.