The San Francisco Chronicle has been having a field day with the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love--a season that actually began in January 1967 with the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park.
I got pretty morose comparing the then-and-now photos. So I'm proposing a more festive commemoration of the anniversary--one in keeping with the current zeitgeist:
The Spelling Bee-In
- Adults only. No smart-ass fifth-graders. Besides, "senior" spelling bees are the new marathons: competitive as hell, but easier on those aging knees.
- Clothing required. Puh-lease.
- Appropriate drugs (antacids, beta-blockers) permitted, with doctor's approval and signed consent form.
- Reference: The Free Dictionary (free the words!).
- First spelling error is an automatic disqualification, unless your lawyer can provide mitigating evidence.
- Be sure to wear some difficult-to-spell flowers in your hair (recommended: anemone, cyclamen, agapanthus, fuchsia).
Golden Gate Park can be chilly this time of year, or any time of year. We're hoping for sponsorship from a Web 2.0 company seeking to atone for its own spelling sins and able to provide a state-of-the-art auditorium with video conferencing, organic catered meals, and ample parking. Flickr? Joost? Zooomer?
It'll be a trip.