Dreaming of green…

Ode to Saint Patrick’s Day

Shamrocks and leprechauns
Green stuff galore
After I drink a pint of green beer
I really don’t want any more!

So in a couple days it will be St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve even  declared it a major holiday this year, just because I can.

Sidenote: I’m still hoping for a decent Easter, but you just never know. The Bunny can be rather fickle. One year it’s a solid, two-foot chocolate bunny…and the next it’s a hollow, choco-flavored hare with a side of black jellybeans.

So for all of you history buffs, here’s a quick recap of the history of St. Patrick’s day. For those who don’t care, just scroll on down to where I ramble on some more…

“The person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD 385. His given name was Maewyn, and he almost didn’t get the job of bishop of Ireland because he lacked the required scholarship. His mission was to convert the native pagans to Christianity.  (blah, blah, blah, lots of details here….)Thirty years later, he adopted that Christian name Patrick, and was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland.

His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since.

Much Irish folklore surrounds St. Patrick’s Day. Not much of it is actually substantiated.

The St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737. That was the first year St. Patrick’s Day was publicly celebrated in this country, in Boston.

Today, people celebrate the day with parades, wearing of the green, and drinking beer. One reason St. Patrick’s Day might have become so popular is that it takes place just a few days before the first day of spring. One might say it has become the first green of spring. “

Wow. I feel more learn-ed every day!

It’s amazing the things you can find out when you know how to type. And have a computer. And the internet.

Anyway, McGuire’s had their St. Patrick’s 5K run last weekend through Pensacola.  I didn’t get to attend, but the pictures make me really want to have gone…almost 8,000 people decked out in green clothes and funny hats and running all over town.

I don’t know who won. But I bet the winners do. So good job you guys!

After the race is when the real fun begins:  the race to the beer taps!

I even heard that some people would pay the registration fee but not run the race; they just wanted to get into the afterparty.  Now that’s dedication to some nasty green beer!

Speaking of dedication, here are a few dedicated Army fellows who ran the race…

And while we’re on the subject of green, here’s another greenie:

Kermit is cool.

And it’s not easy being green.

That’s all I have to say about that.

And for my final ode to green things…a little something from my local news on the radio yesterday:

“Pensacola teenagers found about 28 pounds of marijuana on the side of road along Blue Angel Parkway this weekend.
They were picking up trash and discovered 20 pounds of it in plastic bags in one location and found 8 more pounds several miles down the road. Authorities say the street value of the marijuana is between twenty five and fifty thousand dollars.  They don’t know who the owner of the drugs is, but authorities say the whoever it belongs to is welcome to call the Sheriff’s Office and claim it.”

Yes, I’m sure they’ll be calling real soon.

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