Posts Tagged ‘St. Patrick’s Day’

St. Patrick’s Day? Who Cares?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

(Your basic Saint picture with a few shamrocks thrown in =  St. Patrick. And why is he looking down? More snakes?)

I can’t imagine anyone taking pride in something they didn’t accomplish themselves. From where your ancestors came is just an accident of birth and has nothing to do with you. Proud to be Irish, Italian, Puerto Rican, American, or anything else – just doesn’t make sense to me. It’s kind of like young, macho boys who feel they must “carry on the family line”. Oh good. Often these are the same people who pollute the gene pool and every time they breed, it’s another kick to the testes of civilized society.

Think of most Italian-Americans. We don’t really care much about Columbus Day – even though it’s a national holiday. Most Italians just shrug their shoulders and are happy for the day off. We don’t paint ourselves in our national colors (whatever they are) – get drunk and start barroom brawls, march in nitwit parades, wrap ourselves in strange tribal dresses, wear silly hats, or blow off our fingers with patriotic fireworks. While the Irish say, “Erin go bragh” (whatever the hell that means) the most common phrase heard on Columbus Day is “Does the mail come today?”

So what’s the big deal here? Irish pride? Corned beef and cabbage? Potatos before Atkins? (no wonder these people drink so much – their food sucks) Of course the Irish were discriminated against when they first came to America.  So was everyone else except the Pilgrims. And Indians have stories that’ll tear your heart out. But really, who cares?

So they gave the Irish some green stripes down the road and parades. The Italians got a national holiday and the Indians got the casinos and no tax on cigarettes. The Blacks got Kwanza and the Jews got Hanukah. Everyone gets something – this is America – be happy. And if you can’t appreciate what you get, at least be thankful you don’t get what you deserve.

But now the environmentalists are stealing the color “green”. It seems they have more respect for the earth than they do for the Irish. That’s not good. I’d tell them “go get another color, treehuggers!” The earth is three-quarters blue – claim that one. Losing green is big for the Irish. Fortunately they still have leprechauns, shamrocks, and Lucky Charms breakfast cereal And I guess they don’t have snakes although PETA might be getting on that one.

So how should you treat your Irish friends today? Any way you’d like. Save your love for tomorrow when they’ll probably have terrific hangovers.

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Proud To Be Persian

Monday, March 17th, 2008

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Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? Even if Cats did take pride in their respective breeds, they wouldn’t be dumb enough to advertise it. I can’t imagine anyone taking pride in something they didn’t accomplish themselves. Where your ancestors came from is just an accident of birth and has nothing to do with you. Proud to be Irish, Italian, Puerto Rican, or even American – just doesn’t make sense to me.

I have a friend – let’s call him “Gary” – who loves St. Patrick’s Day because he’s Irish. Now this is a man who’s accomplished a great deal in life. He has a wonderful group of great friends because he  is a great friend to all of us. He should be proud of that. He took special care of an aging parent and made many sacrifices along the way. He should be very proud of that. He worked hard all his life and rose to be the leader of his group with many responsibilities. And he should be proud of that too. He has a beautiful home and land on which he continually makes improvements. Great things in which to take pride!

Gary is a man who’s very smart but felt he wasn’t up to speed on his English or his computer skills. So he’s been learning ‘A-Word-A -Day’’ for years and now knows more about computers than he really needs to know. He’s fond of history and reads about it. Again, he should be quite proud of all this. My list could go on but the point is clear: Gary is someone who has accomplished a great deal in life – I can’t think of another person who has achieved more – and he probably does take a certain amount of pride in all of this – but it seems he takes more pride in being IRISH. How annoying!

Oh well, I guess it would be REAL hard to put this man’s REAL accomplishments on a damn bumper sticker.

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