NO.... I will not thank anyone for green Beer!
Today however, I will celebrate the Irish for the things that they have brought into my life over the years.
#1 for my Tastebuds - Irish Whiskey
Yes I'm a Scotch drinker, but I'm NOT a Scotch snob! The fundamental difference between Irish Whiskey and Scotch is, Irish Whiskey is distilled from a mash of mixed malted and unmalted grains (referred to as “pure pot-still” whiskey) whereas Scotch is either distilled exclusively from malted grain or from unmalted grain. It's a deviation that creates a product as intricate as lace panties and if you know me, you'll certainly know that I GET THAT!
Well now that I'm sorta' on it, I guess we'll stay with that theme.
#2 for my Loins - Meav Ni Mhaolchatha
So very easy on the eyes isn't she?
For those of you that may not already know of her, Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!
I think you just might find that Meav is also pretty easy on the ears, no matter what language she's singing.
#3 for my Heart - Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee. Gaelic for party)
The debate goes on and on about if this is of Irish, Scottish or English Gaelic origin. Since I personally learned of them in Ireland, I give them full credit for teaching me the word. It was at a Pub called The Goat in Claremorris in the west of Ireland, where I first heard the words, "For what's the sense in living at all, if your not going to enjoy the time and friends you've been given."
A belief so strong within in me since then, that my daughter was given a permanent reminder by name.
#4 for my Smile - The Pogues
Mixing the styling and lyrical cynicism of The Clash with classical Irish musical styles, I don't know, just makes me smile.
And finally #5, the entire Irish package.
Peter Seamus Lorcan O'Toole
One man that to me, embodies so very much of what it is to be Irish. At least, the Irish that I've been lead to believe is real. Work ethic, devotion to his heritage, humour, drink and most importantly, an understanding of just how short this life can be. A celebration of all of those things, rolled up into one complex yet simple package.
For these five things I give my thanks to the Irish and say to all, Happy St. Patricks Day everyone.
My sincerest thanks for dropping by....