I find it interesting, as St. Patrick’s Day becomes “bigger,” that more people are celebrating with plastic trinkets and green items, mostly made in China or elsewhere, without much real homage to anything Irish, much less local. Let’s not even discuss green beer, which is actually better thought of as beer yet to reach full fermentation that a food coloring filled macro lager.
That said, the music is always fantastic this time of year. At least there’s some effort to bring a bit of Eire to the stage.
Overheard on Sunday: “Is it me or does St Patrick’s Day in the U.S. resemble a green version of Mardi Gras?”
– Englishman Mike Ewer
Overheard at the bar on Saturday: “I really like craft beers…do you have anything like Killians?”
St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was an Englishman born of privilege, who “drove the snakes” (pagans) from Ireland by spreading Christianity. Parades and celebrations actually began in the United States through Irish Aid Societies. The day was a pretty minor holiday in Ireland until the 1970’s, and only promoted by the Irish government since the mid-90’s.
Overheard on Thursday from the local Miller Beer truck driver, while stopping for lunch at a local watering hole: “Man, all this green beer be killin’ me. I been hauling them d**n kegs all day.”
“Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.”
“An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.”
“There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.”
“May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go.”
“Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck.”
“A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.”
“May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, but never catch up.”
“May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.”
“Here’s to you and yours and to mine and ours. And if mine and ours ever come across to you and yours, I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours as mine and ours have done for you and yours!”
“The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick – who was an Irishman only by adoption.”