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HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY        Wednesday, March 17 2004

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

A great day for the Irish

Based on the weather forecast in Tuesday's Tribune-Democrat. I have visions of a heavy snowfall continuing to blanket the top of the Allegheny Mountains (aka Cambria County) even as I write on this St. Patrick's morning. Of course the winter would have its last word (or I'm sure you're all hoping it's the last) the day after I redressed the front page in St. Patrick's Day-themed photos to make a short transition from our winter to our summer look.

I believe this is the first time we've had photos that were not of local scenes on the Front Page, so will assure the non-Irish that they won't be there long. (Or is everyone Irish for today?) Meanwhile, I'll consider whether to put the previous snowfall photos back on the page after I have a look at what today's Pittcam reveals. Here in California we're having an early summer or a summer preview; the daily highs for San Jose not being below 80 degrees since last weekend...but you don't want to know that.

Corned beef and cabbage tonight? I've never seen corned beef on a menu in my six visits to Ireland, and cabbage, I think, only once. Irish stew is big, usually made with lamb or beef, potatoes, carrots and possibly other vegetables. I believe with every dinner on my first visit (the most "upscale" or expensive tour, with dinners in three- or four-star hotels every night) potatoes and carrots were ubiquitous side dishes. Many of the fellow travelers in that bus tour which took in England, Wales, and Ireland in nine days, complained at the same-ness, but I felt right at home.

The Irish boast many good restaurants, and the trend is increasing as is the general economy, motivated no doubt by desire to outshine their British neighbors in a field where they'll get little competition. With the sea no more than an hour's drive from any point in the country, and cool rivers and lakes everywhere, seafood and fish are always specialties.

And if you haven't bought the corned beef for tonight and are wondering what would really hit the spot, two words: Dinty Moore.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

Steven Wrightisms

31. The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.

And a St. Patrick's Day bonus... An Irishman named O'Malley went to his doctor after a long illness. The doctor sighed and looked O'Malley in the eye and said, "I've some bad news for you. You have cancer, and it can't be cured. You'd best put your affairs in order. O'Malley was shocked but being a solid character, he managed to compose himself and walk from the doctor's office into the waiting room, where his son was waiting. "Well, Son, we Irish celebrate when things are good, and we celebrate when things don't go well. In this case, things aren't so well. I have cancer. Let's head to the pub and have a few pints." After the few pints the two were feeling a little less somber.. There were some laughs and some more beers. They were eventually approached by some of O'Malley's friends, who were curious as to what the two were celebrating. O'Malley told them they were drinking to his impending end. He told his friends, "I have been diagnosed with AIDS." The friends gave O'Malley their condolences, and they had couple more beers. After the friends left, O'Malley's son leaned over and whispered, "Dad, I thought you told me that you were dying of cancer, and you just told your friends you are dying of AIDS!" "Aw," O'Malley said, "I don't want any of them sleeping with your mother after I'm gone."

You gotta love the Irish.

—Sent by Trudy Myers 

Lenten thought for today

Whom we declare

Because there is no other God, nor ever was, nor will be, than God the Father unbegotten, without beginning, from whom is all beginning, the Lord of the universe, as we have been taught; and His son Jesus Christ, whom we declare to have always been with the Father, spiritually and ineffably begotten by the Father before the beginning of the world, before all beginning; and by Him are made all things visible and invisible. He was made man, and, having defeated death, was received into heaven by the Father; and He has given Him all power over all names in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess to Him that Jesus Christ is Lord and God, in whom we believe, and whose advent we expect soon to be, judge of the living and of the dead, who will render to every man according to his deeds; and He has poured forth upon us abundantly the Holy Spirit, the gift and pledge of immortality, who makes those who believe and obey sons of God and joint heirs with Christ; and Him do we confess and adore, one God in the Trinity of the Holy Name.

St. Patrick, c. 385-461, Confession

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