Last year at this time I was wondering why I hadn’t written columns celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for every year of this e-zine! I definitely had things to say in the two columns I did on it, in 2013 and 2014. (If you’re interested, you can always look for them in my archives, on the righthand side of the title page. Or just put the words “St. Patrick’s Day” in one of the two “Search” boxes.)

happy-st-patricks-day-2015-1But, in trying to find something to suggest to my LA readers to do this go-round, the best answer I got to that query to my pals was, “I got squat.” And that’s from a girl who loves green so much, her car is even that color!!!

I asked all the happening peeps I know what they were going to do today, and all they came up with was going to the usual Irish pubs. (Or a few events that are just on this date by accident.) I don’t even know what I was expecting!

Some public places celebrated on this past Saturday, to take advantage of week-end partiers. But I hate that! St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17. Period. Having celebrations on other days doesn’t negate that it’s today! Christmas is always celebrated on December 25 (even the people who open gifts on Christmas Eve can’t change the real date,) Valentine’s Day is always on February 14, no matter the day of the week, and St. Patrick’s Day is always March 17! Get it right, people!!! Wearing green on Saturday doesn’t cut it, if you neglect to dress in that hue today.

Karen Salkin's shamrock-shaded nails. Not a great pic, but they look really fun in person!  Photo by Karen Salkin.

Karen Salkin’s shamrock-shaded nails. Not a great pic, but they look really fun in person! Photo by Karen Salkin.

As usual, I’ve done my part: I polished my nails two shades of green, (and let me tell you, it was hard to narrow my many green hues down to just two, ) and I changed my desktop photo from one of my precious Clarence to one of greenery in a park, (which is pretty refreshing, I must say.) And, tonight, when I go to a, sadly, non-holiday-related art soiree downtown, (which I’ll tell you about next week,) you know I’ll be rocking green attire and my shamrock earrings. (This is how nutty I am—I bought two pairs of them, even though I get to break them out on just one day a year!)

So, please people, even if you’re not Irish, (which I’d venture a guess that most of you are not,) try to have some Emerald Isle fun today! And, please, please, please pinch those who are not wearing green! It will serve them right for not getting on board with the merriment!

Have a great, fun, safe, non-drunk Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Erin go braugh!


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