HAPPY St. Patrick's Day On My 18th Anniversary...

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    Mar 17, 2013 1:06 PM GMT
    ... of publicly coming out. Because I came out on a Friday evening, March 17, 1995, I now celebrate each St. Patrick's Day as my second birthday. Often have a bigger party than my legal birthday.

    Came out to myself the day before, March 16, and by coincidence Seattle's biggest annual gay party was the next night, which I'd heard about online. So I registered online to attend, first time I ever identified myself as gay, and celebrated with over 1000 gay men. Had a great time, and been marking that happy day ever since. Ironic to me, since I'm a little bit Irish. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 17, 2013 1:16 PM GMT
    ytsnjt saidhappy birthday to you! I like your Avatar
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    Thanks! I live with my partner, shown in my pic. We'll be going out later today for some sedate, if not sedentary, partying.
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    Mar 17, 2013 1:17 PM GMT
    Happy St Patrick's Day and 2nd Birthday!

    Now for everyone partying hard tonight:

    May your blessings outnumber
    The shamrocks that grow,
    And may trouble avoid you
    Wherever you go

    I'm not even Irish but I love this holiday.
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    Mar 17, 2013 1:37 PM GMT
    waxon saidHappy St Patrick's Day and 2nd Birthday!

    I'm not even Irish but I love this holiday.

    Happy St. Patrick's to you! It's one of the few holidays that hasn't become too commercial, remaining more "genuine" and native than something commercially hyped like St. Valentine's Day.

    When I was a kid I was required to march in the parades with my Irish relatives, then make the rounds of their homes as the men got plastered, swapped dubious stories and got boisterous, the women served food and played the piano, and everyone sang, laughed and cried. Numerous priests & habited nuns among the family, too, it was quite the spectacle.
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    ART_DECO said... of publicly coming out. Because I came out on a Friday evening, March 17, 1995, I now celebrate each St. Patrick's Day as my second birthday. Often have a bigger party than my legal birthday.

    Came out to myself the day before, March 16, and by coincidence Seattle's biggest annual gay party was the next night, which I'd heard about online. So I registered online to attend, first time I ever identified myself as gay, and celebrated with over 1000 gay men. Had a great time, and been marking that happy day ever since. Ironic to me, since I'm a little bit Irish. icon_biggrin.gif


    Happy birthday to ur gaydom! and Happy St Patty's day to u too!
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    Happy St Patrick's Day and 2nd Birthday

    I hope you'll have many more.. Yeaahhhhh !! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 17, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    Best on your anniversary, Bob!

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    Mar 17, 2013 3:43 PM GMT
    Happy St. Patrick's Day, Happy 2nd Anniversary to you too.

    "Ireland is where strange tales begin,and happy endings are possible."

    Charles Haughey
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    Mar 17, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    Jonesy saidHappy St. Patrick's Day, Happy 2nd Anniversary to you too.

    "Ireland is where strange tales begin,and happy endings are possible."

    Charles Haughey


    Ireland has many things. Happy endings have never been among them.
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    Mar 17, 2013 3:50 PM GMT
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    Jonesy saidHappy St. Patrick's Day, Happy 2nd Anniversary to you too.

    "Ireland is where strange tales begin,and happy endings are possible."

    Charles Haughey

    Ireland has many things. Happy endings have never been among them.

    Maybe if you worked on happy endings you'd have them. Just saying...
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    Mar 17, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    thatirishbastard said
    Jonesy saidHappy St. Patrick's Day, Happy 2nd Anniversary to you too.

    "Ireland is where strange tales begin,and happy endings are possible."

    Charles Haughey

    Ireland has many things. Happy endings have never been among them.

    Maybe if you worked on happy endings you'd have them. Just saying...


    It was a bit of dark humour referencing Ireland's 49 failed rebellions, incredibly dreary mythology, the fact that most of our songs end with dead maidens or dead soldiers, and that one time all the potatoes died.

    It's not always a knock on you.
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    Mar 17, 2013 4:01 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    thatirishbastard said that one time all the potatoes died.
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    is the famine over, then?
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    If those potatoes didn't die I wouldn't have been born icon_eek.gif
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    Aristoshark said
    thatirishbastard said that one time all the potatoes died.
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    is the famine over, then?


    I thought so, but considering the number of Americans who told me last night that their families came over because of the Famine, I can't entirely be sure.
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    Happy St Patrick's Day and 2nd Birthday

    I hope you'll have many more.. Yeaahhhhh !! icon_biggrin.gif

    Thanks! I hope to make at least 20. 18 seems so unimpressive, like I haven't really arrived yet, not a certified veteran. Sorta like when we're a teenager per our chronological age, still a youngster. You really don't attain adulthood until your 20s, or at least according to our common Western social construct.

    Still, I do feel I've achieved at least some seniority on the gay scene, if not elder status yet. Old in every other way, yes, but not as a gay man. I'll have a great party when I get to 20, which will also coincide with becoming 66, just like the bash I had at 55. icon_biggrin.gif
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    thatirishbastard said
    Aristoshark said
    thatirishbastard said that one time all the potatoes died.
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    is the famine over, then?

    I thought so, but considering the number of Americans who told me last night that their families came over because of the Famine, I can't entirely be sure.

    Well I can confirm that my own Irish ancestors came to the US because of the famine, in 1851. And they did many of the stereotypical things the Irish did then. They joined uniformed services, like the police & US Post Office (which had full uniforms then), and the military. They fought in the US Civil War (one great-grreat-great uncle fought for the North and his fate is still unknown, never returned or accounted for). They also took holy orders, becoming priests & nuns. I don't think any went to build the railroads, however.

    And all those were the stereotypical, but very real patterns of the 19th-Century Irish immigrants to the United States.
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    Mar 17, 2013 4:17 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    thatirishbastard said
    Aristoshark said
    thatirishbastard said that one time all the potatoes died.
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    is the famine over, then?

    I thought so, but considering the number of Americans who told me last night that their families came over because of the Famine, I can't entirely be sure.

    Well I can confirm that my own Irish ancestors came to the US because of the famine, 1851. And they did all the stereotypical things the Irish did then. They joined uniformed services, like the police & US Post Office (which had full uniforms then), and the military. They fought in the US Civil War (one great-grreat-great uncle fought for the North and his fate is still unknown, never returned or accounted for). They also took holy orders, becoming priests & nuns. I don't think any went to build the railroads, however.

    And all those were the stereotypical, but very real patterns of the 19th-Century Irish immigrants to the United States.


    My gods, do you really not understand the jokes? Again, I'm amused because the Irish Americans talk about how hard the Famine was much more than the Irish do (probably because we had troubles after), and they way they mourn for it, one would think it's still going on.

    Again, it's not always a knock on you.
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    Au contraire, mon vieux.
    To Jews, 20 doesn't mean anything but 18 is a number filled with mystical significance.

    In Hebrew, all letters double as numbers,. Eighteen is written thus: 'ח

    The hay stands for ten, the yud for eight. Written in this way, they mean "life".

    You tell me a Jewish thing in French? (With a heavy Noo Yawk Jewish accent)

    No, really thanks, that was informative, I didn't know that.
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    My gods, do you really not understand the jokes? Again, I'm amused because the Irish Americans talk about how hard the Famine was much more than the Irish do (probably because we had troubles after), and they way they mourn for it, one would think it's still going on.

    Again, it's not always a knock on you.

    I didn't think you're knocking on me, in either of the 2 posts where you mentioned it, nor did I intend to imply so. I was just clarifying, an annoying academic habit of mine.

    Perhaps the US Irish immigrants fixate more on the Famine because they may have been the most affected by it, since it caused them to become uprooted from their Ireland for a strange land. The Irish who stayed behind were able to cope, while the ones who fled could not, feeling the Famine the hardest. Just a hypothesis.

    I do know my Grandmother would sing the saddest Irish songs about that period, and have me sing along with her on the piano bench. Yet she was born in this country, never saw Ireland, lived a very comfortable life except for the 10 years of the Great Depression when her husband was ruined and they had to live in rentals.

    But by the 1940s the family was prosperous again and doing well, so she had nothing personally to bemoan in terms of persecution. But moan she did, making me wonder if that's an Irish trait, or a specific US Irish trait. She also drank like a fish, and it was her ruined liver that killed her at only 62 in 1959. More Irish stereotypes, but I witnessed them in my family at first hand.
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    Happy Gay Birthday!

    How does one of the old Irish blessings end? -- "May you be in heaven for one-half hour before the devil knows you're dead!"
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    Mar 17, 2013 5:55 PM GMT
    Congrats man....
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    Mar 17, 2013 9:29 PM GMT
    Sorry ArtDeco, I misread your original post, Happy 18th Anniversary.

    As for Ireland and the lack of "happy endings", it has always been about the journey, not how it ends.

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    Mar 17, 2013 9:33 PM GMT
    Unfortunately the day has ended differently. Around 1:30 PM I took my husband to the hospital ER. He's being admitted, for what may be a cardiac issue. I'm typing this from an ER treatment room on my iPad, waiting for them to move him. The best laid plans of mice and men... icon_sad.gif