Hey. I’m an Irish American. By that I mean that my family, a long while back, came to America on a boat from Ireland. And I have red hair and freckles. Allll over.
I’ve spent many a St. Patrick’s Day in the United States now, and I have to say, I’ve never enjoyed myself. I don’t particularly like this whole “tickle my shillelagh, everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day, I’ve seen Boondock Saints so I know everything about Irish culture, someone get me a Miller Lite” kind of attitude. We, as Americans, have taken this day as an excuse to get drunk, and this year the day has fallen on a weekend, which means we’re going to get very drunk. We will find the closest thing to a pub that we can, which means most likely that we will look for those bars with Guinness signs, or pictures of Samuel Beckett or cute stickers that say “Tipping is not a city in China,” walk in, and get drunk.
My question is, does anyone really know what they’re celebrating? Or are they just celebrating the huge stereotype that the Irish are a bunch of loud drunken leprechauns? By that rationale, why don’t people celebrate, say, Martin Luther King Day by throwing a party that revolves around eating fried chicken and drinking malt liquor? Oh wait, they already did that.
Basically, this is a pointless rant. I’m just saying that maybe we, as a people, should learn a bit more about what we’re celebrating (or mourning, because St. Patrick’s Day is actually the anniversary of his supposed death) instead of just using it as an excuse to do jello shots and dance to Pour Some Sugar on Me on a bar. You can do that pretty much any time you want, and don’t worry, you don’t have to know why. For information on St. Patrick, see here.
I, meanwhile, am going to go out on Saturday. I’ll probably end up at Trash Bar seeing Monster Eiffel Tower because I know that shit will rock hard. But before that, I will most likely go to a pub, and will knock back a Kilkenny or two. But I do that every Saturday. And Boondock Saints sucked.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
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