>I have never really gotten St. Patrick’s Day, or why I should even care about it. As a religious holiday, I’m neither Catholic nor Christian (I think I was actually baptized Catholic as a baby, but since I wasn’t part of the decision — I believe I was told we were just going swimming — I’m considering it void) so I don’t really care about that aspect at all. Even if I think all the wacky Saints and such in the Catholic pantheon are kind of cool. I’m not Irish, so the secular part — a celebration of Ireland in general — really means nothing to me either. And as an American Indian, the notion of celebrating a guy whose biggest claim to fame was rolling into an existing culture and converting it to something else is an idea repugnant to me. My status as a card carrying tree hugging dirt worshiper also resents the whole “driving the snakes from Ireland” metaphor as it relates to driving out the old religions. To that end, I’d like to offer the following rebuttal:
For most of the people I know that pay attention to it at all it’s just another reason to get drunk and be stupid. I can live without that. I did happen to be in Chicago two years in a row on St. Patrick’s Day, and the ribaldry that abounded was amusing to watch. So was the topless girl grinding against the window of an upstairs dance club across the street from the bar we were standing out front of. I was with a couple country boys from the Mission Valley on that trip, and they couldn’t believe their eyes. “Can you see that? I can’t believe what she’s doing? Can you believe what she’s doing?!” Ah, the big city.
Speaking of religious imagery, I saw this one online and thought it was pretty cool. Another stab at the conventions of the church, which I’m always a fan of. Apples? A snake? Female nekkidness? What’s not to love?
So I won’t be celebrating tonight, thank you, but I’m happy to keep a sense of humor about it all. If you’re Irish, by all means live it up. If you’re Catholic, have at it. If you’re neither, just try not to be too much of an asshole, okay?