Print Story The luck of the Irish eludes me at the annual Saint Patrick's Day parade
By georgeha (Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 07:11:17 AM EST) 40RL, beer, drugs (all tags)
Plus, drug of the week, Harold and Kumar, Battle of the Bulge, ground loop. you can't fight City Hall, and less

Poll: Favorite parade?

I'm not a bar manager, so there may be a good reason to allow drunken yahoos to pound on a second story window above a crowded sidewalk while the Saint Patrick's Day parade is going on, but I can't think of one. In any case, while I was watching the parade Saturday the expected happened.

It was a bit of a rush to get to the parade route by the 12:30 start time (I had to exchange videos, buy corned beef and such, and fill the crock pot), so we ended up missing the beginning, which usually includes a short Irish guy dressed like a leprechaun, a bishop, and the Mayor. We initially stood a few blocks before the starting line, but the girls (we also had newspaper_girl with us) wouldn't get candy, so we had to move. It's not enough to have bagpipes and firetrucks and step dancers, you need to throw candy these days.

So we threaded our way downtown to the actual parade route, and ended up near Daisy Dukes/Soho, two of downtown's bars. The girls and Mrs. Ha stood on the street to get candy, I stood on the sidewalk, trying not to block people's views. The expected happen.

One of the yahoos must have pounded on the glass just right, and popped out a dinner plate sized section, which shattered and fell on the sidewalk a few feet from me. No one appeared to be hurt, though if you had to get hurt at a parade, getting cut by glass from a bar's negligence could have been lucrative, provided a few of the thousands of police and fireman around were sober enough to keep you from exsanguinating. The bar did have security out front, who eventually swept up most of the glass, while people inside put plexiglass over the windows.

It was a cool day for a parade, which didn't stop one guy form walking around in a cape and green striped tightie whities. I geeked out when I saw a firetruck numbered 3016, which is a version of the interpreter we're running on $product.

Later that night my friend's band was playing a set at the bar about six blocks away. Mrs. Ha was too tired to go out, but I had a few bucks, even after paying for allowances, and they were close, so I reckoned I might as well go.

I made it a few songs into their set, and ordered a Custom Brewcrafter's Saint Patrick's Day Ale to start with. It was a good tangy stout. I managed to get to an isolated corner to watch them finish their set, the only song I recognized was "Breaking the Law", though Tom said they played a Metallica cover, too.

Next beer was a Rorhbach's Cask Ale, and I got grief for using a $2 bill (eleven year old was tired of hers and wanted singles). It was a cool, yeasty and less carbonated treat. 40RL finished their set and began breaking down their gear, so I finished my pint and played some Family Guy pinball. I left when they were done, and chatted with my bud for a few minutes as he was loading his car, he had a Subaru and I was jealous.

What's up with grouploop? Seriously, enough of 5 gig ipods smaller than a matchbox, why don't you EE sorts do something really worthwhile and fix ground loop. My friend's band had a case of it (as does my computer) and I've had enough of it.

Mrs. Ha is trying a new med, trazodone, to help with the anti-anxiety med caused insomnia, that's her fifth prescription (fourth prescribed by the psych) for those keeping score at home. She tried a full 30 mg Sunday night at 9, and quickly had to go to bed. I wasn't in the mood for anything too hard, but I didn't want to go to bed, so I picked out Harold & Kumar go to White Castle to watch. I found it funny, as an adolescent male comedy/fantasy, though I don't know how much Mrs. Ha would have appreciated it (I think you have to know Indians and Asians to fully appreciate it), and it gave me a hankering for White Castle that may not be fulfilled (the nearest one is hours and hours away, and the frozen sliders aren't the same).

In other media news, I just finished another Bulge book, Merriam's The Battle of the Bulge. I'm meh about it, it was a slim overview of the battle, with little of the cool Nazi tanks or valiant paratrooper stands that make the Bulge so interesting.

In other Mrs. Ha news, she's had a day cut off her schedule, which impacts us financially about $@0 a week.

We got a letter from the city, addressed to us, but referencing the garbage tote sitting on the street next door. It threatened us with a fine if we leave garbage totes out all week. No shit, that's why we bring ours back. Our neighbors don't, though. I haven't been able to get in touch with the person who wrote it to get the explanation of why we're going to get fined for our neighbor's behavior.

I'm pretty burned out, it's been a busy week. Tonight won't be very restful though, as eleven year old will be having newspaper_girl and Porsche_girl over for a sleep over.

Happy Easter!

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The luck of the Irish eludes me at the annual Saint Patrick's Day parade | 9 comments (9 topical, 0 hidden)
Was it homecoming ? by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 07:30:17 AM EST
I thought Animal House parade was in the spring..

My college only had parades in the fall by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 08:05:14 AM EST
and wiki sez homecoming.

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Dartmouth by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 08:11:57 AM EST
has the winter carnival, that's in FEB. Animal house was based on Dartmouth, so I figured.

Seems odd that "so much" happens in the movie, yet it's homecoming. Usually the first big round of exams is at/on homecoming (was in my college experience..)

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If you want this year's homecoming parade by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 08:22:04 AM EST
from imdb's quotes pages. I should some some first hand research and watch it again.

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Indians *are* Asians, Mr. Ha. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 07:35:53 AM EST
I'd have to vote for Berlin's Love Parade, in spite of the fact that I am not a homosexual.
Excellent tunes during it.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

So are Israelis and Turks, technically by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 08:01:43 AM EST
but I'm stereotyping based on appearances.

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I thought drinking age was 21 in USia? by marvin (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 07:46:43 AM EST
Next beer was a Rorhbach's Cask Ale, and I got grief for using a $2 bill (eleven year old was tired of hers and wanted singles)
Wow, I never understood the whole parents finishing the food on the kid's plates thing before, but I admit that I would gladly quaff down any Cask Ale that my eleven year old was tired of.

Thank goodness you weren't letting her have doubles, and limited her to single-shot shooters. Although hard liquor for an eleven year old is probably not good parenting, but who am I to judge?

Fat, drunk, and stupid by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 08:26:15 AM EST
is no way to go through life, son.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

comment to previous diary by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #9 Sun Mar 23, 2008 at 05:42:33 PM EST
re: budgeting....many in my circle are extremely happy with this app.  it's really cheap, too.

The luck of the Irish eludes me at the annual Saint Patrick's Day parade | 9 comments (9 topical, 0 hidden)