Today I am in New Orleans celebrating Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras translates to Fat Tuesday - the day before Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days where Catholics give up something as part of their religion. Since Mardi Gras is the last chance before they do, people imbibe and dance before they begin their period of austerity and atonement. There are numerous parades where masked float riders toss beads, trinkets, and doubloons to crowds who raise their hands in the air and yell "Hey mister, throw me something."
Success is measured one strand of beads at a time.
Celebration is alive in the lab.