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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Green Day!

Well it has been a long time since I posted a blog entry. To be exact, I think the last time you saw me here was a post celebrating dressing my dog up for Halloween! Now I'm back and here to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. My celebrations today include a new green polo that I'll wear to work, wishing numerous people a happy holiday, and enjoying a few beverages at the end of the day with co-workers. I doubt I'll get to partake of corned beef and cabbage, haggis, or Guiness, but that's probably just fine by me.

A Man, His Kilt, and His Dogs

Molly and I joined Jim and Angela for Madison's St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday. It's a festive time that directly followed the Shamrock Shuffle, a 10K run/walk, and State Street Brat's and Brothers's parodied .10K run between the bars on Saturday. Many of all ages arrived to watch the parade go round, including the Irish man and his canines above.

Emerald Duchess

I loved all the characters walking round the Capitol Square. The Emerald Duchess was a hoot! It didn't take long to realize what the parade was really about: certainly the Irish, but really the candy. Tons of kids surrounded us and bolted into the street to grab Smarties, Tootsie Rolls, suckers, beads, and more. The candy-throwing was so intense that one poor little kid in the parade had to reload in front of us.

Reloading Irish Candy

In the end, it was a great day for a parade. The sun was out, the candy was plentiful, and we were all decked out in green. The weather cooperated, even to the extent that I got a sunburn. In March. IN WISCONSIN! In closing, I hope you all have a great St. Patrick's Day in whatever way you celebrate. Oh, and Happy Birthday Colin!

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