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17 March 2011 @ 01:03 pm
how to tell…  

How to tell you are still fundamentally American even if you’ve been living in Ireland for five and a half years: it does not even cross your mind that the entire city centre will be closed down because it’s Saint Patrick’s Day…

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Kerry aka Trouble: Moi?controuble on March 17th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
That's only because you didn't grow up in Chicago where we even dye the river green. (Of course we do it all on Saturday now because Thursday is a work day, but we used to do it ON St. Paddy's Day)
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on March 17th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
which always reminds me of the line from The Fugitive, when one Fed asks another "if we can dye the river green on one day, why can't we dye it blue the rest of the year?"
Kate Kirbykirbyk on March 17th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
But you do call it a city centre, not a city center, so you've got a little Europe in you by now. :)
Kerry aka Trouble: kirbycontrouble on March 17th, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
Now I know I'm old. This icon will always be Kirby to me...
mela_lynmela_lyn on March 17th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Oh man... that's awesome. In Cleveland, everything is still open but it's pointless going downtown unless you are at the parade. :)
Greymalkingreymalkin on March 17th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Can you answer something for me?
My father, a native Glaswegian whose family all came from Beleek, once told me that in his day, St. Patrick's Day wasn't really as big a deal in Ireland as it is in the U.S., and that the Dublin parade and festivities are actually sponsored and driven by Americans of Irish descent. Does that seem true today?
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on March 18th, 2011 05:05 am (UTC)
*laughs out loud*

Thought of you today. :)