Aspects of Irishness: Patty's Day
This is a rather tongue-in-cheek article not intended to personally offend you if you are of Irish heritage and do know that it is not Patty's Day. I don't hate America as many people suggest. This holiday just brings out the scrooge in me.Dear America,
|These balloons have been up|
outside Honey Dew since Feb 16th
First of all, I would like to profoundly thank you. Your attempt to embrace our culture of donning ugly green clothes with blatant disregard for the highly fashion conscious, and drinking to excess in the name of a wise and holy man who was not even born in our country is nothing short of admirable. It is a huge endorsement to the Irish people that "having the craic" is an acceptable thing to do.
Sadly, this is all the praise I can muster for your self-proclaimed great country when it comes to Irishness and everything that is associated with it. St. Patrick's Day, it appears, brings this to bear even more-so. This is why I am issuing a forewarning of sorts. The first decree I would issue were I to be "The High Lord Decider of Who is Allowed to Celebrate March 17th" (that's not a real thing, but it should be) would be this:
If you refer to it as Patty's day, you should be taken aside, given a rectal examination by a leprechaun (pronounced: lep-re-cawn. Not pronounced: Le-preshen or Lep-re-shaun), drowned in his pot of gold, and your burial should take place under a fairy tree, eulogized by a Celtic monk, as Saoirse, a red-headed girl with freckles, plucks at a harp. Michael Flatley could then dance on your grave, and young lads walking home from Supermacs can take turns pissing on it.American chain-restaurants and eateries - you are not fooling anyone with your feeble attempts at an Irish menu for St. Patrick's weekend. Yes, Guinness is distinctly Irish and is widely drank in the country. However, adding Guinness to your sauces does not make a dish Irish. Calling Buffalo Chicken Wings, Pot o' Gold Wings does not add any Celtic charm, and putting pistachio (which are fucking Iranian funnily enough) in your donuts does not an Irish breakfast make. My favorite restaurant, The 99, is one of the most embarrassing culprits, with Honey Dew Donuts not far behind.
|The entrance to Honey Dew. Their|
"tip jar" is now a green pot of gold
Instead, why not just celebrate a day of Irishness as an American who wants to be Irish for a day, rather than one who thinks they're Irish all their life. If you are going to make it so hard for us to stay within your borders, we're sure as hell not going to give up our culture and identity like some slut in Copper Face Jacks after Maniac 2000 has been played.
We enjoy the whole leprechaun thing from time-to-time and we embrace our drinking culture with blatant disregard for our bodies, relationships, and self-image. Sometimes we even enjoy the bejaysus, begorrah and begosh, shillelagh-in-me-ear-and-shamrock-up-me-arse type stuff, but we're not complete idiots. We've come a long way and we know we have, so just keep that in mind. We're people too, difficult and all as that is to process when you just sit there waiting for us to shit pots of gold and speak in Gaelic.
Also, these pub crawls weeks in advance of the actual day are cheating. Half the fun of Paddy's Day is trying to make it through the next day of work without shitting your pants, or finding a creative excuse when you're the seventeenth person who has called in sick to your place of work.
|Even the clothing stores are in on it|
Yours in inordinate consumption of alcohol for no discernible reason,
P.S. If you are unfamiliar with a combination of Copper Face Jacks, Buckfast, Supermacs, or Spanish Arch, you are not Irish. That, or you are from Dublin.
P.P.S. We realize our president doesn't do us any favors in the we-aren't-all-leprechauns department, but he's a nice man.
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