Everyone’s a Paddy
It’s St Patrick’ Day weekend and in American everyone has a connection to Ireland. Honestly, they do – it’s amazing. 😉
Celebrations hit Baltimore yesterday and folk who didn’t want to drink green beer got out of Baltimore for the calm of Columbia. They will probably return to piles of green vomit on the pavements/sidewalk.
Here, even dogs go green for St Patrick’s Day.
This gives you an idea of what the parade in Baltimore is like.
There’s one happening today, but I’m not getting there for the parade – I’m doing the Shamrock 5K! 🙂
I attended an American Pie event t’other night. It was actually very clever because it was Pi Day (3.14 in American date terms, so not an event we could celebrate in the UK with our date system) and everyone brought pie to support my chum Tom Coale, who is running to be a super dooper political top banana in Ellicott City.
I had no idea there were so many pie variations, nor that Americans are so very proud of their pie. The Americans who attended this event are also very proud of Tom, who I think represents the American dream, American wholesomeness, American pride, American positivity, the American attitude to hard work, and all that is Americana in a good way.
It’s interesting to see the reaction to this ‘kid’ who is making things happen in the political arena. In the UK, I think we would be cynical and not always positive in our attitudes to someone to take political steps in this way – we would be racked with caution and advice; but here there is a real ‘get up and go’ attitude in the USA and a sense that Tom really can do it, and I’m convinced he will.
Anyhow the pies were pretty amazeballs too – check them out!
Did I really do that whole blog post without an entire reference to the pie scene in American Pie the movie! Yes I did! Incredible… 😉
All the years I’ve lived here and I still don’t get the St. Paddy’s day fascination. Maybe in places like New York or Boston, but Colorado Springs? (there was a big parade downtown yesterday). Just an excuse to get pissed I suppose.