Virile in Venice

Time to make plans now to attend the
Carnival celebration in Venice. Starting next year on
January 28, the Bacchanalia rages for a week or so. You therefore have just a few months left to get one of those
creepy Tom Cruise in “Eyes Wide Shut” masks.


An interesteing note about these masks, the practice of wearing them (which peaked the 18th Century), came from
when Venetians of different social classes used Carnival as an excuse to mingle and, in some cases, to trade sexual
favors without fear of recognition or retribution. (Ergo: donning a mask, a silk hood, a tabarro cape and a
tricorn hat, a housewife in search of gettin some was indistinguishable from a nobleman on the prowl.)


As Chatchi would say: wa wa wa!