Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rant: Tartan Turkeys & Everyone's Irish

Few things rankle me more than native born Canadians who complain about burkas and turbans and then show up at their weddings wearing kilts. My forbears left Scotland to settle Upper Canada. I respect their decision to leave the highlands behind and I feel no compulsion whatsoever to wear a skirt. Truth is, kilts look ridiculous on everyone except those born in Scotland and professional wrestlers from Saskatoon.

I told you that rant so I could tell you this one. On Saturday night, everyone is going to prance around in green and pretend to be Irish. I'm not sure that there's much to celebrate, but every Italian, Greek, and German I know would beg to differ. Enjoy your green beer and shamrock tattoos.

6 comments:

Road Hammer said...

Right on. I am maternally Irish and I hate St. Patty's Day. There's nothing worse than being cramped in a pub hearing some mournful tune about the potato famine while some ball-cap wearing Leafs fan to your left pukes all over your shoes while some desperate 25-year old mini-coug reeking of cigarette smoke gets right in your face and says at full volume, "Wanna kiss me? Look at my pin. It says I'm Irish".

o'webber said...

As much as my Father embraces his Irish roots, he will be the first to tell you that up until the last 20 yrs or so, St. Patrick's Day was religious as opposed to a party holiday in Ireland.

I am proud to say that I have not gone out for St. Patrick's Day in 6 years. The only reason I may go out this year is because it is a Saturday night.

Anonymous said...

I loathe celebrations of any kind that purport to be in the name of someone or something. Celebrations are an excuse for people to quell their anxiety and to exercise their predisposition towards addiction. No one is as principled and knowledgeable to ever celebrate in accordance to the name of the holiday. I HATE HOLIDAYS!!!

SGT DUB said...

But Roddy Piper does wear the kilt nicely. Ah, St Patty's Day. Nope, I dont' see me doing anything special this year.

David said...

Anonymous, I hate St. Patrick's Day more than I hate a Leafs playoff run (deep into the second round).

Paul said...

I won't be ingesting anything green, that's for sure. I will likely hoist a Guinness or two. That is, however, not a once-a-year activity for me.

I, too, have Scottish heritage, but can't see myself in a kilt either.