The Two Things About St. Patrick’s Day:

Posted: March 17, 2009 in Braak

Here are two things about St. Patrick’s Day:

1) I think it’s hilarious that, here in Philadelphia, the specials and drinking and green shirts started on Saturday.  Every year, more and more days get included in St. Patrick’s Day.  I am hoping that I will live to see St. Patrick’s Week.

2)  The whole scene seems weird to me.  I am part Irish, though I grew up here in America, and I think that all of my grandmother’s Irish relatives died in jail.  The Irish are a pretty awesome people, but primarily because of all the crap that they had to go through.  I haven’t had to go through any of that crap, so it seems weird trying to participate in the awesomeness.  It’d be like if I celebrated a Native American Day, and just went around doing the Ghost Dance or something.

My friends say, “It’s just an excuse to drink,” and this is even more baffling.  Why do you need an excuse to drink?  Drinking is an innately pleasurable activity–it can be done without excuse.  The way my friends do.  All the time.

  1. Zak (who is great) says:

    I enjoyed a St Patrick’s festival in San Diego on Saturday. It included booths selling rain sticks, Gyros sandwiches, and bouncy castles. Despite the lack of anything to do with St Patrick’s day, it was a very fun outing.

    I think eventually our holiday celebrations will just be called

    Holiday Week
    Celebration Day
    Honoring Weekend
    Ethnics are Great
    Month of Getting Down
    Love Hour
    Attack Afternoon
    Rally Time
    Old Time Jamboree

  2. threatqualitypress says:

    I believe it will be called:

    Beer Hootenanny.

  3. V.I.P. Referee says:

    Read “Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics” by Nancy Sheper-Hughes. We sometimes forget that Ireland is full of Catholics. So a weeklong “Mardi Gras” mentality is mostly out for the Irish. Drinking’s a go, though!

  4. matt says:

    It’s even more perplexing when you consider the fact that St. Patrick wasn’t even from Ireland. But he did convert the pagan Irish. Yay?

  5. threatqualitypress says:

    @VIP: Irish-Americans are only “Irish” in the loosest sense of the term. Here in America, weeklong beer festivals are practically a matter of course.

    @matt: Well, he’s Ireland’s patron saint, though. He’s the saint of Ireland. So the Irish have to pray to him if they want anything done, the way children with cancer have to pray to St. Jude, and people who’ve spilled something on their pants have to pray to St. Pantalone.

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