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May the luck of the Irish be with you!

! 0000 happy St Pat

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day and tops off what has already been an Irish week for me so far. Sunday I got a jump on the celebration by cooking a traditional corned beef and cabbage big meal. Yesterday I had minor surgery performed by a red headed colleen who got her physician training in Dublin.

She did a great job and did not require the assistance of Leprechauns or Fairies. She left me with a few stitches and a big bandage on my face to remind me of the experience. I am pretty sure the biopsy will be done by the more traditional medical folks and that I will hear the results in another ten days or so.

In the meantime I am off to restart my exercise program and begin to become me again. Since I am not yet ready for prime time yet I will celebrate the wearing of the green today vicariously from afar after I get back home from the gym.

Since we have readers from other parts of the world I have provided a tutorial on what Saint Patrick’s Day has become over the years as recorded on the Tech Times blog.

What Do We Celebrate On St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day started out as a feast day for St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland (more on him later). A feast day is pretty much just a celebration, usually in the Christian faith, that is commemorated with a meal. People traditionally celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by attending mass and thinking about the life and legacy of St. Patrick, according to PennLive.

Who Was St. Patrick?

These days, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations don’t have much to do with the man for which the holiday is named. Nonetheless, he is an important figure in Irish Catholic history. Ironically, St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family, according to National Geographic. According to folklore, St. Patrick was kidnapped and brought to Ireland at 16, but he escaped and was reunited with his family in Britain at the encouragement of a voice he heard in his dreams, which later told him to go to Ireland. St. Patrick became a priest and then spent the rest of his life converting the Irish to Christianity.

Did He Really Get Rid Of All Of The Snakes In Ireland?

One common myth about St. Patrick is that he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland. As much as that sounds like a Ridley Scott movie, this is unfortunately just a myth. Sure, there are no snakes in Ireland today, but there actually never were, according to National Geographic.

Why Is St. Patrick’s Day On March 17?

We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 every year, but why is that? No, it’s not just to have a holiday in March, which is usually a dull month in terms of major celebrations. The date commemorates the day St. Patrick died, believed to be in A.D. 461. Upon his death, St. Patrick was mostly forgotten, according to National Geographic. However, a mythology grew around the religious figure, and by the 9th or 10th century, people in Ireland began observing St. Patrick’s Day as a feast day.

When Did It Become All About Partying?

So as you can see, St. Patrick’s Day was a pretty tame holiday in the beginning. In fact, it was a minor religious holiday in Ireland until the 1970s, National Geographic reports. Pubs even closed on March 17 in Ireland every year until the 1970s. We can trace some of the modern revelry associated with St. Patrick’s Day to the fact that prohibitions on eating meat, drinking and dancing during Lent were lifted for the day.

However, America is responsible for turning St. Patrick’s Day into the big party we know and love today, which is totally not surprising. There’s some debate over when the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place, but early celebrations happened in Boston in 1737 and New York in 1762. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations continued to grow as more and more Irish immigrants came to the U.S., especially after the Irish Potato Famine hit in 1845. Today, there are celebrations in many small towns, big cities and bars across the country. New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is the world’s oldest civilian parade and the largest parade in the U.S., according to History.com. Chicago is also famous for dyeing the Chicago River green every year for its St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

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May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,

May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

Irish Blessing

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Why the Military can’t communicate with each other. . .

If you tell the Navy to secure a building, they will turn out the lights and lock the door.

If you tell the Army to secure a building, they will occupy it and forbid entry to those without a pass.

If you tell the Marines to secure a building, they assault with heavy fire, capture the building, fortify it and call for an air strike.

If you tell the Air Force to secure a building, they will negotiate a three year lease with an option to buy.

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I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.

Woodrow Wilson

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There was a woman in the grocery store with a three-year-old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the little girl asked for cookies, and her mother told her no. The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Veronica, we just have half of the aisles to go through—don’t be upset. It won’t be long.”

Soon, they came to the candy aisle, and the little girl began to shout for candy. When told she couldn’t have any, she began to cry.

The mother said, “There, there, Veronica, don’t cry—only two more aisles to go, and then we’ll be checking out.” When they got to the checkout stand, the little girl immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there’d be no gum purchased.

The mother patiently said, “Veronica, we’ll be through this checkout stand in 5 minutes, and then you can go home and have a nice nap.” The bagger followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her, “I couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with little Veronica.”

The mother replied, “I’m Veronica—my little girl’s name is Jenny.”

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Why do you have to “put your two cents in” … but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going?

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I was browsing in a souvenir shop when the man next to me struck up a conversation. Just as he was telling me that his wife was getting carried away with her shopping, a brief power shortage caused the lights to flicker overhead.   “That,” he sighed, “must be her checking out now.

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“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.”

Ovid

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May the leprechauns be near you,

To spread luck along your way.

And may all the Irish angels,

Smile upon this St. Patrick’s Day.

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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