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#003; Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May 13, 2009
We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.” – Churchill
photo from the dcist.
Ah, St. Paddy’s Day, the one day when my gorgeous Irish roots get their due. Of course, this tends to show itself in the rest of the world swilling watered-down, green-dyed beer throughout the day, the world waking with a hangover on the 18th, but hey, you take what you can get.

I’m Irish, and Catholic, and very little else. St. Patrick’s Day tends to be a day I wear green, pretend I don’t know that I should be at Mass after work instead of out with friends, and break my rule about drinking during the week to grab a pint. Basically, St. Patrick’s Day, for me, is a day to pretend I’m pretending to be Irish, much like everyone else. As of now, I have no plans whatsoever, which means I might just end up at Church because I’m bored when I leave the office tonight. However, this beginning-of-Spring holiday has gotten me (and a lot of fellow DC Tweets) thinking of (and longing for) the soon-to-come beauty of warm weather.

DC in Spring, I’m convinced, is unlike Spring in any other place on Earth. I’ve seen the sunset over Santa Monica in April, enjoyed haystack parties in the rural fields of Maine, spent a sweltering June on a bus in Cuba… and nothing can compare to the smell of cherry blossoms in full bloom, their petals covering the monuments in pink, the warm breeze hitting you when you get off the metro, and free events packing the Mall every night of the week. There’s Screen on the Green, James Bond nights in VA, and now for the first time a green fountain in front of the White House! What city in the world can match this? Who doesn’t love the White House Easter Egg Roll? The National Cathedral’s flower mart (one of the best free events in existence, in my opinion, as I end up there every year just wandering around and feeling far more crafty for it)? Have you ever been to the Smithsonian’s annual kite festival? The entire Mall dotted with brightly colored kites, live music, food vendors, and shouting kids. I’ll admit, I’m sad to see that I’ll miss it this year thanks to being out of town that weekend.

Spring in DC is a reminder to me of why I love this city as much as I do, and I look forward to the first warm day I can get out of work, wind my way down to Dupont Circle, and waste the night reading at the fountain in the humid warmth.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2009 11:50 PM

    You’re Irish, you say.
    We had a lovely trip to Ireland this summer.
    One morning late in the trip, my daughter and I parked the car by one of the old-fashioned white and black directional signs. We took our grocery bag with a loaf of brown soda bread, a pound of Irish cheddar, some peaches and a bottle of water, and followed the sign’s direction down a farm lane. After about a kilometer, we passed through the sheep gate and found ourselves here, with just us and the cows:

    Lovely. You should have been there.

    • atlimbo permalink
      August 11, 2009 2:34 PM

      I am Irish! And Native American. I’ve never been (also never been out West to see where the Blackfeet are from), but I’m hoping to at some point.

      That sounds like such a lovely way to spend a day! I’m sure your daughter appreciated it all 🙂 Though, the picture link isn’t working.

      • August 12, 2009 2:32 PM

        We drove out west a couple of years ago, and would recommend 3 weeks and a reliable car. We saw:
        – Yellowstone
        – Grand Teton
        – Jackson Hole (rode horses)
        – Float on the Snake (?) River
        – Cody
        – Little Big Horn (moving)
        – Devil’s Tower
        – Cody, WY (The rodeo runs all summer & the “Smithsonian of the West” is there.)
        – The Black Hills
        – The Dakota Badlands
        We saw otters and elk and bald eagles and lots of buffalo.
        We also went to Denver, Rapid City, SLC, and Madison, WI.

        We got a pass from the Fish and Wildlife Service that is good for a year for all park service and FWS sites.
        (In Ireland, we got the Office of Public Works pass for all its sites.)

  2. August 10, 2009 11:53 PM

    And how did you get to Cuba?

    • atlimbo permalink
      August 11, 2009 2:45 PM

      I did research through my alma mater and the US Dept. of Treasury. Everyone had their own topic; mine was gender, art, and politics, as most of my study in school revolved around that in some form or another.

      • August 12, 2009 2:21 PM

        That must have been very cool.

        I had a friend in college who was the son of the head of the U.S. special interest section. He was the only American teenager on the island with a vintage Mustang and free run of the country.

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