As you know, I am very proud of my Irish heritage, and once lost my heart to a Sweet Irish Girl from the Emerald Isle. As a result, I enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, but I no longer have the mischievous spirit of a Leprechaun.
I thought about hanging out at an Irish Pub in Downtown Bangor to really soak in the essence of the holiday, but I realized that doing that wasn’t at all appealing.
I’d rather be here hosting The Friday Night McThink Tank, where I truly belong.
This week’s topic: Do you still go all out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, or do you find yourself treating this like your average Friday?
Having St. Patrick’s Day fall on a Friday seems like both a blessing and a curse. Revelers can stay out ’til the wee hours without having to worry about getting up for work in the morning. Then again, tomorrow they will still have to deal with the consequences of getting their Irish up until the wee hours of the morning.
I had to work, of course, and we usually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the office with a baked potato bar and afternoon carb coma nap time. However, due to logistical nightmares, we had to endure a potato famine this year.
I tried to offset that in the wildest way I could possibly think of at 7AM on the Friday of a crazy work week: by bringing a giant, frosting covered St. Patrick’s Day chocolate chip cookie to the office for my coworkers to enjoy.
I made it festive by pointing out that the place we ordered from was called Rainbow, and our Chinese food was the treasure the Leprechauns left at the end of the rainbow.
Not every idea out of my head is solid gold, but since this one was smothered in MSG, it was a hit.
St. Patrick’s Day is really all about celebrating your Irish heritage and having fun with friends. Well, most of us wore green, we talked about Ireland, Leprechauns, parades, pots o’ gold, and we definitely had as much fun as you can have while still working.
Sure, it wasn’t the wild celebrations of yore, but when I really think back on it, I never went Full Leprechaun on the holiday. Even when I had an actual Irish girlfriend, she was in Ireland and I was in Maine, so I didn’t break out my shillelagh and chug green beer until I could float across the Atlantic to be with The Sweet Irish Girl.
My plans for tonight would not make anyone think of a Leprechaun. I’m going to relax here in The Think Tank, hang out with my wee Irish kitties, and have a little apple pie and ice cream. Sure, that dessert is as American as it gets, but the Irish helped build America!
I was temporarily possessed by a Leprechaun while grocery shopping, though, as I bought some corned beef to make me a proper St. Patrick’s Day dinner. I also bought an eight pack of beer, but that’s for my neighbor to thank him for snowblowing my driveway after the blizzard.
I still bought beer on March 17, though, so that totally counts for something!
I’d like to say I’m not as young and wild as I used to be, but I never was wild. St. Patrick’s Day has always been about wearing the green and being proud to be Irish.
How did you spend your St. Patrick’s Day, Modern Philosophers?
I’ll leave you with this Modern Philosopher Irish Blessing: May the Deep Thoughts always fill your brain, may you never trip over the hem of your toga, and may you forever keep smiling, no matter how challenging life gets!
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