Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Top of da mornin'n to ya!

According to Micheal Scott today is the closest day the Irish will ever get to having their own Christmas.

Today the world celebrates yet another Catholic holiday, Lá Fhéile Pádraig.

Patrick's father and grandfather were deacons in the Church. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. He escaped and returned to Britain, became a bishop and later returned to Ireland to "save" the Irish.

One of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) to the Irish people. After teaching God's word for 30 years he died on March 17, 461 AD.

Originally BLUE was the color of Saint Patrick but in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 against British rule (an idea that was influenced by the ideas of the American revolution) the solders, on March 17th decided to wear green as a political statement in hopes of catching attention with their unusual fashion gimmick.

Some places like Chicago pour copious amounts of green die into the river- in Madison they go all out!

DAMN IT - I had to use that photo for the holiday.

My original "blog thought" was about how humans are blessed with randomness. Everyday we walk outside and see a beautiful random sky.

Yesterday I was walking to my car and the high cirrus clouds really gave everything a wonderful depth and I could not help but take a photo. 

The last two days driving to work has been about 30 minutes before sunrise and the horizon has been so beautiful! 

HA - we're warmer then Florida! Everyone on Spring breaks are colder then it is in Wisconsin then they will come back this weekend to . . . . garbage spring.  I see many places are calling for gloom and doom. Well - 3 degrees below normal ain't THAT bad.  I see all the talking weather heads on TV are saying low 30's and 2-4 inches of snow.  I doubt it very much.  Remember they want you to tune in and watch the weather, the worse it sounds the more you will watch.  Also remember that if they go extreme and it does not go there, no one remembers.  If they say the REAL forecast and it does go extreme everyone says they missed the forecast. 

Speaking of beer.

I DO NOT DRINK GREEN BEER - This is beer abuse and it's just wrong! 

The entire city of Madison gets about 1 case of the beer I savored last night.  I drank one of 4 bottles and loved it.  A Fullers 2008 Vintage Ale.  This ale will continue to grow and change flavors over the next 12 year.

It was Dark Gold with a big foamy two finger head that settled quickly The smell was of apple with sweet malt. The taste was very rich with a tangy caramel apple taste, some alcohol and more sweet malt and a dry finish. I took this shot just before I took my first taste.  I see my table is a tad crooked LOL

have a great Green Day



  1. Great Blog!!

    Happy St. Patty's Day!!

    I love the photo in green!

    Hope are are enjoying a great green day!

  2. beautiful weather.....
    great to hear all the songbirds back early in the morning :))

    hoping for the weather predictions for the weekend to be wrong......