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Do you have any St. Patrick’s Day traditions?

Asked at Free State Brewing Company, 636 Mass. on March 17, 2006

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“Usually I attend the parade, but we’re going to be out of town. We’ll be eating corned beef and cabbage at our son’s house in Denver while we watch the KU game.”

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“I always wear green and some plaid to work, and I watch people get drunk. It’s usually pretty entertaining.”

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“Drinking Irish ale at Free State and watching the parade.”

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“Wearing green and drinking green beer.”

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bmwjhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

This photo size thing is insulting to leprechauns, but I like how I can see the pores on their faces.

beatrice 12 years, 2 months ago

When ever there are four Irishmen together, there is always a fifth.

enochville 12 years, 2 months ago

I should mention that Robert is The _Original_Bob and Ceallach never made any predictions.

neopolss 12 years, 2 months ago

green beer is the perfect compliment to fruitcake.


avhjmlk 12 years, 2 months ago

I'm glad he's enjoying his frozen green goo!

outoftowner 12 years, 2 months ago

oops, got ahead of myself. I meant (future?) in-laws.

sgtwolverine 12 years, 2 months ago

On that note ...

Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day? Because real rocks are too heavy.

avhjmlk 12 years, 2 months ago

sgt--did you notice that I got it right? I'm so proud of me!

sgtwolverine 12 years, 2 months ago

I did notice. You get a gold mitten. (Gold upper peninsula not included.)

kcwarpony 12 years, 2 months ago

Hey, don't bring me into this. I'm an innocent bystander.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 2 months ago

OMB, sorry, too late...somebody did say it! Gootsie at 9:23. ;0)

Linda Aikins 12 years, 2 months ago

Same to you blue73o'harley! And here's to having more to pinch...

Wear green. That's about it. I don't drink so that's out. What a fuddydud I am! (I just wanted to spell out fuddydud. I'm not really.)

ruette 12 years, 2 months ago

Well, I consider St Patrick's Day, along with New Years Eve, to be 'Amateurs' Night' - or day... I usually wear green, but today am proudly sporting crimson and blue; maybe I could put on some green socks... So, 'fuddydud!' I've not heard of that. Is it a sort of grown-up fuddyduddy? But, wait, fuddyduddies are by definition overly adult, aren't they? In a way? Happy St Pat's, and go, 'Hawks! Hope you're all, after your celebrations, able to see the game tonight...

Linda Aikins 12 years, 2 months ago

fuddy-duddy Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural -dies Etymology: origin unknown : one that is old-fashioned, unimaginative, or conservative - fuddy-duddy adjective

I guess a fuddydud is 1) not a good speller, and 2) missing two letters in their name (kind of like missing spots on a die, elevator not go to the top floor, one toe short of a hang ten, etc.).

Kelly Powell 12 years, 2 months ago

i will get drunk in memorial of my head hunter ancestors who got drunk, took psychoactives and got their swerve on riding in war chariots and kickin butt.....except when they met the romans....and the vikings.....and the normans....Ah hell, the only people we were good at fighting was each other...more civilized fightin friends anyway.

sgtwolverine 12 years, 2 months ago

I'm mostly British, with some German in me. The closest I get to Irish is my dad's in-laws (good solid Irish Catholics). Am I authorized to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

YourItalianPrincess 12 years, 2 months ago

TGIF and Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you. Today is the last day of work for me= Spring Break vacation for both my kids and myself.

Taking my little daycare kids downtown to the parade. I reminded them yesterday to wear green, and I bought them all green beads. They have been looking forward to going all week as St. Patrick's Day has been our theme of the week.

Have a safe day and to those of you taking off Spring Break...........Have a blast, because I know I'm going to.

RonBurgandy 12 years, 2 months ago

Drink beer and, if my wife reminds me, wear green.

Actually, it isn't really much different from every other day, except for the wife telling me to wear the green.

Rock Chalk! Let's go KU, please don't lose again, I am not sure that my weak heart could take another one.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 2 months ago

Forgot to add green food color to the oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes. Drats! Oh well, I'll put on some green later to keep the hubby's hands at bay. I might take the kiddies to the's so hard to get a "spot." Tomorrow's in Tongie we will definitely make. Big green tractors and lots more candy to get beaned upside the head with. :o)

I have a good friend that lets her kids put out leprechaun traps every Paddy's eve. Leprechauns, being the tricky little wee buggers they are, never get caught in the traps but put tiny little skunks in them. Her kids now have collections of little ceramic skunks! (It's good SPD only comes once a year because that's how long it takes her to find the little skunks.)

trinity 12 years, 2 months ago

i'm proudly sporting my CRIMSON&BLUE today, to heck with green-in my world, the 'Hawks supercede (sp??) ANY tradition or holiday!! :)

besides-i ain't irish; i'm a acadian french/german with a tad of american indian thrown in for good measure!

gootsie, you ain't no "fuddyduddy"(i wanted to type that word toooo, lol)! you guys rock...even though i enjoyed hannibal's story-it skeered me! :p

ms_canada 12 years, 2 months ago

Gee, I haven't posted for so long that I almost forgot my password. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all and a hearty Slainte as I raise my glass of o.j. (it is only 7am here) I don't fancy Guinness (I believe it is an acquired taste) but might not turn down a pint of Harp provided it was not green. Usually serve corned beef and cabbage and then take in one of the several Celtic concerts that always are to be found in our fair city on this day. The Irish Sports and Music Society even welcomes German-would-be-Irish gals like me with open arms. As for wearing of the green, it is my favourite colour. You would be able to tell that by a tour of my house and my closet. So have a nice day all of you, do.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 2 months ago

Aw thanks Trinity. I try not to be!

I have a green KU hat. I usually object to wearing anything KU that isn't crimson and/or blue, but for today I'll make an exception. And I understand that in some places, Catholics have been given permission to eat corned beef today, even though it's Friday during Lent. We are a soft society, aren't we?

Old joke - what's Irish and sits on your back deck? Paddy O'Furniture.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 2 months ago

My one St. Paddy's Day joke:

Q: What do you have when you've got two green balls in your hand?

A: Complete control of a leprechaun!

Have a good day ya'll!

sgtwolverine 12 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps the servers have trouble navigating roundabouts. Or they suffered from not having all-day kindergarten when they were young.

ms_canada 12 years, 2 months ago

Prospector et al - slainte (slawnche) is a greeting as you raise your glass to a friend. It means good health to you. He would answer you, Slainte mhath, (slawnche vah) good health to you also. So, slainte mhath to you all and I wish for you all this day Ceol, caint agus crak. Good music, good conversation and good fun with friends.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 2 months ago

had corned beef, sans the cabbage...I cook mine with sweet onions...makes a helluva broth!
many times during the day the ljw's servers are incredibly slow, and sometimes I can't even get a page to load at all!
for those interested, Simon Gilmore is apparently out, again, as he was spotted sleeping on 9th st behind weaver's.

happy st. pat's, enjoy the, am not irish, half of my ancestor's oppressed them, though, does that count? the other half...well, those damned germans huns all.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 2 months ago

MS_canada, I'm glad you made it back here. you read about our little storm of last sunday? kinda rearranged a few things and removed some stuff with a lot of noice and fury in the process.

ms_canada 12 years, 2 months ago

bearded gnome - I hope the storm did not prevent you from taking gnome dog for his walk. Also that things in your neighbourhood were not too badly re-arranged.

trinity 12 years, 2 months ago

just call me o'trinity for the day! ;) these irish jokes are great, i'm laughin'!


and an awesome day to you all, fellow o'ljw readers&commentors!

bearded_gnome 12 years, 2 months ago

okay, OMB, I'll bight, what does one do for falkland islander's day?
look for an argentine, and then get bombed?
or, find a rocky outcropping and declare it is part of another nationality?
seriously, what is the tradition for falkland islanders day? when I was a kid, I remember,well, suppose young adult, tuning into the bbc's south atlantic broadcast service during the falklands war and listening to their wartime broadcast of messages to the islanders...was very interesting indeed.

ms_canada, see my post at the end of the ots thread on "how did the storm effect you?" type question. I wrote a detailed answer which will respond to your question. thanks for your concern.
and, the corned beef in the fridge didn't go bad.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 2 months ago

curioso, I hope your little one has a great day! (I know how crushing it is to have a kid come home from school despirited!) My little one had to sit on the wall at recess the other day because the teacher said that noboday could stand completely flat against the wall and bend over and touch their toes w/out falling over. Well, my little gymnast took that as a perfect opportunity to show that she could do it...and did. Guess the teacher didn't like looking foolish in front of the class but she should have asked if there were any contortionists present before making such a claim. Shame on her! >:P

avhjmlk 12 years, 2 months ago

curioso--take him to MickyD's for whatever green frozen treat they're pouring today. Make it a special--just the two of you.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 2 months ago

Oh Sue, seriously? She had to stay in at recess because she proved the teacher wrong?

I'm thinking the teacher needs to bend over facing the wall so we can kick him/her in the "corned beefs" (beeves?).

avhjmlk 12 years, 2 months ago

curioso--I totally agree. What's the point of learning if we don't learn that we can question authority if that authority seems misguided?

"Damn the man! Save the Empire" (name that movie...)

ms_canada 12 years, 2 months ago

curioso - Come to Canada do. You will have no trouble with the language. It is doubtful if you will hear any Gaelic on the street and as for French that should be no problem. Quebec is a most beautiful province and Quebec City the most charming in Canada. Tour the Gaspe Peninsula also. We loved it in October when every bend in the Highway is a new delight of autumn foliage. We had our Thanksgiving dinner (Oct 10) in the charming village of Perce, not turkey but a big fat lobster each. Heavenly!! Do come!!

enochville 12 years, 2 months ago

Well, my tradition today is to watch the tourney. For those who care here are the standings in the OTS pool after the first day (Each person could submit up to 5 entries):

Rank Entry Points 1 "Enochville 3" 140 2 "Robert C. Jouhnes" 130 "Jouhnes 3" 130 "Strong 3" 130 "Return of Das Ubermime" 130 "RonBurgandy2" 130 7 "RonBurgandy3" 120 "Jouhnes 2" 120 "Gootsie really thinking" 120 "avhjmlk" 120 "RonBurgandy1" 120 "Son of Das Ubermime" 120
13 "Enochville 5" 110 "Enochville 2" 110 "Gootsie by heart" 110 "Noland 1" 110 "Das_Ubermime" 110 "Strong 1" 110 19 "Enochville 4" 100 "Enochville 1" 100 21 "Strong 2" 90 "Gootsie alphabetically" 90 23 "Gootsie backwards alpha" 70 24 "Ceallach" 0

sgtwolverine 12 years, 2 months ago

Okay, so I actually put a little bit of thought (admittedly, not that much) into my first two entries, and the third one I just breezed through because i felt like doing three. Is it a coincidence that the third one ("Strong 3") is doing significantly better then the first two? I know it's early, but still...

avhjmlk 12 years, 2 months ago

Does anyone see "home cooking" in Enochville 3 being currently in first place? (JK, e.)

Linda Aikins 12 years, 2 months ago

You might want to notice that alphabetically frontwards and backwards is not a good idea.

Air Force and Xavier are not powerhouses...

sgtwolverine 12 years, 2 months ago

Well, the problem is that the NCAA doesn't allow air strikes on the opposing team. If they would relax that unnecessary rule, Air Force would win the tournament.

outoftowner 12 years, 2 months ago

I don't remember who made the comment about the Catholics and the eating meat today comment, and I'm too lazy to go back thru and read. I just want to say I think that's bs. So many exceptions to the "rules", why not just make it up as they go along. The guys here at work that are Catholic tell me they are allowed to give up meat another day. I say, what's the point! Oh, and I'll be having a beer after work, although probably not green, and going to the in-laws for supper, hopefully not for corned beef and cabbage. ick

avhjmlk 12 years, 2 months ago

Hah!! LMAO!

multi-I love that movie mostly for the total absurdity of it. And for the kind-of "Wow, look how far Renee Zelwegger has come" experience...

avhjmlk 12 years, 2 months ago

I totally just emailed that to my family--we went to Mackinac Island for vacation one year.

sgtwolverine 12 years, 2 months ago

As a Michigan native, I feel compelled to note that Mackinaw is actually a city (called -- surprise, surprise -- Mackinaw City), while the island is Mackinac. I have no idea why. In fact, I think half of Michigan doesn't even know there's a difference.

However, that doesn't detract from the humor in the joke.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 2 months ago

I heard the exception to the meat-on-Fridays rule on the Bob and Tom show yesterday.

And I remember the first time I had a Shamrock shake. I lived in Wichita and went to the Exorcist with my boyfriend. We then went to McDonalds afterwards and had a Shamrock Shake. I couldn't drink it.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 2 months ago

I think I'll start a new St. Paddy's Day tradition and watch my favorite all time movie tonight..."The Quiet Man." I just love that movie! Such good one-liners. Can any John Wayne fans out there quote one?

sunflower_sue 12 years, 2 months ago

Gootsie, I remember the first time I had a "day after the shamrock shake." I thought I was dying (no pun intended).

outoftowner 12 years, 2 months ago

I wonder if bologna and hotdogs are considered meat since they're just pieces -n- parts. lol

angelofmine 12 years, 2 months ago

We will be having the 'ol corned beef and cabbage dinner this evening, and in my office, if you're not wearing green....expect to be pinched. Reapeatedly!!

We will take in the parade in Tonganoxie tomorrow. My little girl entered it the year before last and won a cash prize for the open entry category and had her picture in the paper. She was in her little green powerwheels VW bug. It was pretty darned cute, if I do say so myself!

Ember 12 years, 2 months ago

Q: What is the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish funeral?

A: 1 less drunk

beatrice 12 years, 2 months ago

As an American of Irish heritage, I take great umbrage with this line of discussion today. I'm so upset, I think I'll have to have an extra drink or two tonight.

Okay. Here is my (Irish) joke for the day. Sally (lets say she is Irish) was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car. Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman.

The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally. "Whats in the bag?" asked the old woman.

Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, "It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband."

The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said, "Good trade."

Be safe tonight!

sunflower_sue 12 years, 2 months ago

OMB, I knew you would come through for me! My 2 favs: "A man would have to be a sprinter to catch his wife in a bed like that." And "Here's a good stick to beat the lovely lady." (or something like that) Yes, gotta watch that tonight!

Linda Aikins 12 years, 2 months ago

It's OK OMB. You told it a little differently, so you can own yours and I will own mine! It's a small world after all.

ms_canada 12 years, 2 months ago

Yeh hoo for Waking Ned Devine, my all time favourite movie. Have watched it 14 times now and LMDO every time. Just love it. Especially the opening scene where Jackie gets Annie to bring him in his apple tart. Just too hilarious. Everyone who has not seen this movie, make an effort to get it, you won't be sorry.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 2 months ago

msc: you probably won't see much traffic on here, the jayhawks just lost to milton bradley university, 77-74. there's tears tonight in mudville, and testosterone addled sports wackos are looking for bill self's head, maybe literally. hope his home has security!
not much interested in Bball, more in the human drama around it and the stupid behavior is pretty funny.
still no word on how to celebrate falkland islanders day. maybe I must research this one or contact the british embassy...on saturday, wake 'em up!
"hey, today is falkland islanders' day" "aye...but why the bloody 'ell you call here mate?" well, I'd like to know how to properly celebrate it!" CLICK.

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