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Corned Beef and Green
Officially, I'm 25% Irish. I don't need a quiz to tell me this; I know because both of my Grandma's parents were Irish, or at least of Irish descent. I don't know if they were born there or not. I suspect not though -- I think we've been here (in the US) awhile.

But my Grandma's sister applied for (and received) Irish citizenship several years back. She needed some kind of European dual citizenship for one of her complicated world-saving ventures, and she was eligible by proving that all her ancestors originated there. So she's officially Irish, not just of Irish descent like the rest of us in the family.

So that means I'm allowed to wear green today. (Really anybody can wear green, of course, because nobody regulates colors currently.) I like wearing green, because it goes with my eyes.

My Irish heritage might also explain my fondness for whiskey and corned beef, but I suspect they are unrelated.

I had a clever title for this post when I started, but unfortunately I've since forgotten it.

This weekend is another production migration at work, and last night I was running and monitoring a test run. It didn't go smoothly, which means I got several naps last night but not an actual "full night's rest". It's all kind of a blur actually, though eventually everything was successful (the second time).

Anyway, this morning when I was getting dressed, at first I totally forgot I'd planned on wearing green. I was really chilly, not to mention exhausted, so I put on my big snugly gray-and-pink fleece sweater. Then I remembered it was St Patrick's Day. I was very sad about having to remove my cozy shirt, but I knew that gray and pink simply would not do. So I took it off and was cold again.

Fortunately I found a (thinner) green fleece, so I wasn't too dreadfully cold. I didn't remember to wear my green underthings though, and I didn't remember to put on either of the cute irishy t-shirts I own. Oh well.

Tonight F and I are going out for corned beef! He says he knows a good place. I hope there will be cabbage and potatoes too. Yummm.

Someday I need to visit Ireland, I'm told it's beautiful there. I should have worn my big wool sweater that my mum got me when she visited Ireland! But it's not green.

Okay, enough disjointed rambling. I have lots of work I should be doing, plus lunch to be eating. Maybe I'll post more later, if I figure out what it was I wanted to write about....
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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: March 17th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is not your Grandma's sister in fact your Great Aunt?

I think green eyes to be very Irish indeed.

Maybe I'll watch the Committments tonite.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 17th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, she's my Great Aunt. (Not just a good one, a great one!)
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: March 17th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is that the place he met me for lunch at in Plymouth?
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: March 17th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

My oh my, there're going to be busy tonight

Wow. Just to point out how long ago that was, I don't even remember it. Ok, that's not saying it was a long time ago, that just says I occasionally have a rotten memory. :)

But yes, it would be the same place as where we met in Plymouth, assuming that we met at Bodes, the Corned Beef House. It's a tiny little resturant next to the railroad tracks. It's been everything from a boarding house to a church, to a, you guessed it, resturant. It's said that Abe Lincoln ate there at one point.

Great food. EXCELLENT corned beef. And after calling to check, they will have cabbage too. :)
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: March 17th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: My oh my, there're going to be busy tonight

2001. I was working on the movie Project: Tomorrow Men :D I passed by it the other day and thought of you, because I think that's the first time I'd seen you lookin' all professional. :)
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: March 17th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to get a corned beef sandwich today, but there were about 25 people in line from SXSW, so I walked another 1/2 a block to my favorite cuban place and had chicken with a mango salsa instead; talked to the owner for a while about how good business has been for the place during SXSW.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 20th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you should have a "make-up" corned beef sandwich today.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: March 20th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I'll order one tomorrow, I'll be at an off-site for a vendor demo and we get to order sandwiches to be delivered to keep us from leaving.
devnul From: devnul Date: March 17th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmm. Now I know what I'm getting for dinner tonight!

I do, in fact, have on green. It's flannel, it's LL Bean, it's plaid, it's green.
:)

Shoulda dyed your hair red for today, to go with those lovely green eyes!

Ireland is wonderful. I count myself very lucky to have visited, even if it was 1986 and only for 3 days.

In a disjointed rambling way, have a wonderful weekend!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 20th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for wearing green! Did you find corned beef for dinner, I hope?

I've often considered trying for red hair. Perhaps someday....
devnul From: devnul Date: March 30th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't end up finding corned beef. In fact, I had a chicken parm sub, because the craving came upon me like a tidal wave.
:)

If you do decide to go red, you know what you have to do ... post pics!
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: March 17th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm also 1/4 Irish ... the 1/4 including my liver, apparently. :)

I completely forgot about wearing green, but I just happen to be completely in green by accident. The scruffy shirt and cargo pants I chose to have a baseball work-out in both just happen to be dingy, dark green. Luck o' the Irish?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 20th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done Lad!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: March 18th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Coolness. Our corned beef was not as good as either your mom's or Jimmy's, but I didn't start thinking about it until too late to get Asya to come down to Dearborn. On the upside, it incredibly close to Asya's place, not crowded, not smoky, and very nice cabbage, potatoes, and turnips, and a lovely bread pudding with mediocre irish whiskey. I need to remember that the cheap Jameson is better than the cheap Bushmills. Very few places serve decent Irish, though (the expensive blends like Black Bush, Irish single malt really stinks).

I'm talking to Jimmy about starting up a bar, again. Maybe I can require it to be non-smoking, if I'm putting money into it.

I didn't remember to wear green either. But then I didn't wear orange, and I'm not honestly sure if my Childers relatives were protestant or catholic... I guess a websearch could tell me... Protestant, so I guess I shoulda worn orange.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 20th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well of course, it would be quite challenging to find anything as nice as my mom's! The meal I had was very tasty though, and satisfied my cravings. I didn't have any bread pudding though.... lucky! I'm glad you found a decent place at least. Eating corned beef is essential!

That could be nifty, a non-smoking blues bar. I wonder if anybody would come? I suppose if the food and music is good enough, they'll come.

I'd stick with green if I were you; orange is a strange color.
nishar From: nishar Date: March 19th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have green eyes. So you should wear what ever you want and point to your eyes if anybody ask, "Where is your green?"
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 20th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah-ha, clever! (but i like wearing green, so it's okay)
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