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Happy Plastic Paddy Day

America is fucking insane about "I once smelt Irish Whiskey so I'm Offically Irish" Day.

Just don't get me started... the first time someone pinches me on St Pads for not wearing Green is the day I get arrested for beating someone with a nice Orange traffic cone "because I'm English and it's symbolic."

Fuckers.

(previously posted as a comment in ms_violet's journal)

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rinnywee
17th Mar, 2006 20:46 (UTC)
Why's it such a bad thing?
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bodelian
17th Mar, 2006 20:46 (UTC)
Or you could just wear green in atonement for English oppression over the years?

;)

Don't hurt me.
rinnywee
17th Mar, 2006 20:46 (UTC)
Word. :D
darkcryst
18th Mar, 2006 10:05 (UTC)
Haha, concidering Miriam and I have a plan to take over Gaylords on July 4th with a Union Jack claiming "this territory for King George" I somehow think that would be out of character ;)
caramida
17th Mar, 2006 21:48 (UTC)
I hear what you're saying, unfortunately, many of these folks have never e'en smelt Irish whiskey. Why would a God-fearin' 'Murican want to import whiskey when we have perfectly good (sic) Jack Daniels right here?

Besides, everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick's Day, I'm told. Well, excepting the English, of course. ;)

Simply put, St. Paddy's is the American version of Cinco de Mayo. There's an actual celebration for people who know what's what, but for most folk, sadly, it's an excuse to drink more than you ought, with special dispensation for the holiday. Come to think of it, so's Cinco de Mayo.

For the rest of the world, it's a demonstration of how, world power or no, American's can't hold their liquor.
darkcryst
18th Mar, 2006 10:44 (UTC)
I've not had much experience with Cinco do Mayo, other than it sounds delicious ;)

The Day Of The Dead seemed to be conducted pretty well though, everyone was really into it for the right reasons it seemed.

And ugh.. Jack Daniels... ugh.
elsh
17th Mar, 2006 21:51 (UTC)
Your post is hurtful. My ancestors are Irish and so are many other people's here in America. Seems like you just have certain issues with Americans in general.

I didn't even remember it was St. Patrick's Day today, but if I felt like going all out and celebrating, who the fuck are you to tell me not to or that it's crazy or foolish? It doesn't affect or hurt you, so get off it already.

Similarly, are you Catholic? You celebrate St. Valentine's Day. Christmas is also a religious holiday. And you don't have to be Wiccan to celebrate Halloween.

My last name was formerly Connally and my own father's name is the same as this holiday's. Irish enough for me. People like feeling a connection with their past and I can trace my family back to Cork. But I don't even need these facts to enjoy a holiday if I wish to do so.

Sorry I sound upset, but I have seen you say similar things in the past and it's just rude. There's no reason for it. It doesn't harm you.
rinnywee
17th Mar, 2006 23:16 (UTC)
For me it's about celebrating my heritage, just as on the Swedish national holiday I celebrate that part of my ancestry, Australia Day is about the fact that I'm an Aussie as are my immediate and not too distant family, same goes for the rest of my ancestry.

Family history is very important for me, and I am bloody proud of every bit of it. If a day like St Paddy's Day makes me, and other people, think more about this kind of thing, or anything to do with Ireland, then imo it's only a good thing.

So what if they get drunk? If it gets people out, socialising and having a good time, then I don't see a problem with it and certainly wouldn't start pointing fingers.
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winters_edge
17th Mar, 2006 22:08 (UTC)
Hey, I go around explaining to people that they have the option to wear orange today. I never have figured out why it's all about the Catholics when there are tons of Protestants in this nation, too. (Nothing against the Catholics, but people glom onto the Irish part, not the "St. Patrick" part, so it makes no sense to me.)
bodelian
17th Mar, 2006 22:20 (UTC)
Well, if you want to start a riot you can wear orange today.
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rethought
18th Mar, 2006 00:17 (UTC)
St. P's day has always been the day that we (my sibs and I) come together to celebrate our family.

Our ancestors, who were very much right-off-the-boat Irish, did all they could to hide their Irish traits. They only held onto the ones that were part of internal family life. They probably wouldn't approve of our celebrating the date and acknowledging it as intrinsically Irish.

Since St. P's day is the day we picked for this and it's something I do just for the benefit of myself, Dane, and Lynn...I've not really done anything today. No green, no whisky, no goofy hat. If I'm with them next year at this time, I'll celebrate in the way we have for 6 years previous.

That being said, I did have a Guiness tonight. But, I always have Guiness after curry. That has nothing to do with the date. :)

Give the Americans you know a chance, we're not all completely mad. (Well, sometimes, but not always in the stereotypical ways... ;) )
redthought
18th Mar, 2006 00:29 (UTC)
Yeah, without the Jyll-biscuit, there was no celebration today... we went to Ankar's instead... mmmm cheese sandwich.

I don't really see celebrating St. Patrick's Day as an American any different than celebrating Cinco de Mayo as an American. But I guess I get a free pass on that one, since I speak Spanish. If you speak gaelic, can you celebrate St. Patrick's Day as an American?
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a_muse_d
18th Mar, 2006 01:50 (UTC)
i had my Irish Whisky (Jamesons) and my Bailey's in my coffee last night. i think that's good enough.


but then again, i'm the Irish one, so i can't go around saying "do you have any Irish in you? would you like some?" and get my ass kicked by a mob of rightfully pissed off women (because odds are i wouldn't make a hot man). my brothers on my mom's side, however, could if they so chose. and if i heard them say that, I'D be the one delivering the beating in behalf of the female species. heh.
darkcryst
18th Mar, 2006 10:49 (UTC)
Yeah.. see that's more my point - the way it has become an excuse for excess and debauched behavior, especially in the states, rather than a celebration of Ireland/Irish People.
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