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Beyond Ridiculous and Way Beyond Sublime

Posted 8/24/2013

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  Perhaps one way to deal with Pink October (and, STOP!, it is only August) is to try to make a game of the totally ridiculous ways that "breast cancer awareness" is misused. The timing of this particular entry reminds me of the way Back to School is all over stores right after July 4th, and Halloween no doubt will be evident in a week or so. I hate Pink October, and it appears that there now will be at least two months of its pervasive and disturbing and, often, ridiculous and insulting twists.

  I would love to hear from you, now or in the weeks ahead, about things you see and find distressing or just think are in really bad taste. I think of Delta's pink plane and the pink ties sported by some gate agents or the community newspaper that is published on pink paper in the first week of October. Others?

  This one, however, stands alone:

THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT  (and please look at the link in order to appreciate the illustration)

A festival of bacon for breast cancer
The Virginian-Pilot
August 21, 2013
The first Virginia Bacon Festival in Norfolk will be held
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Scope Plaza, 201
East Brambleton Ave.
The celebration of crispy pork tastiness, presented by
Smithfield Foods, will feature bacon-themed dishes by
area chefs, cooking demonstrations, beer and spirit
samplings, a kids area, and of course, more bacon.
Entertaininment will include music by The Fighting
Jamesons and The Pawn Shop Lifters.
Participating restuarants include Todd Jurich's Bistro,
Public House, Havana's Great Neck, Belmont House of
Smoke, Smoked Out, Cotton Southern Bistro, Bite,
Twisted Sisters Cupckaes, Stuft, Elaine's Cafe and
Tessa's Creations.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets
are half price for children 7 to 12 years old and free
from children 6 and younger. VIP tables, seating up to
10 people, are $250. Visit
or to buy tickets online. Tickets
are also available through the Scope Box office, Public
House, Havana's Great Neck and Smoked Out.
Part of the proceeds will go to Beyond Boobs, a breast cancer support group dedicated to helping women diagnosed with breast
cancer while also providing breast health education for all. Visit
For more details and updates, visit or follow the festival on Facebook.


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