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How It Is, How It Used To Be

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I'm glad you were around for this.

Thanks. First Christo and Jeanne Claude's Gates, and then the parade. Blessings!

Paddy's Day

The night before St Patrick's Day found me in a bar in Temple Bar here in Dublin. Me and a friend got talking to a brother & sister over from Wyoming for the big day. First time in Ireland. The guy had tatoos all over his arms. He left the military a year ago, he said. Did he miss it? Yes, he said, it was like having twenty brothers. He had been in Iraq, but didn't want to talk about it.
Nor did we. It wasn't a night to risk stirring up disputes. They were friendly people. We were glad to have met them.
And they were surprised to hear that the Dublin parade is a copy of the original and best St. Patrick's Day parade - in New York! Yep, the New York parade is a full 50 years older.
Aiden in Dublin

Twenty years ago, when I lived in New York, I'd set aside St. Patrick's day as my tribute to my Irish ancestry. I started the morning drinking, and by the time the parade started I was very nearly incoherent. One year's parade I woke up, disoriented and covered with my own vomit, literally in the gutter. A cop nudged me with his nightstick. "Come on, pal, get up and get outta here." I wondered how in hell he knew my name, or at least part of it.

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