“And the rest of the day to yourself “

origin of phrase “top of the morning to you”

Are you wearing green today?

The above picture was taken 4 years ago, as I was getting ready for work. I was in Death Valley at that time also…just not at Stovepipe Wells.

This picture was taken yesterday on my birthday, I usually like wearing a bit of green both days. I can remember when I was a kid in elementary school that if anybody forgot to wear green then other kids would pinch them. Supposedly it was to pretend that they were leprechauns (or something like that). Strange because the original official color of Ireland used to be blue.

That shot was taken at a business in Pahrump Nevada, on Saturday.

Leprechauns, Pots of Gold & Rainbows

Just what does a mythical leprechaun look like and why are they so special? A leprechaun looks like a little old man and dresses like a shoemaker with a cocked hat and leather apron. According to Irish folklore, leprechauns were cranky tricksters who you wouldn’t want to mess with. They live alone and pass the time by mending the shoes of Irish fairies. According to the legend, the fairies pay the leprechauns for their work with golden coins, which the “little people” collect in large pots–the famous “pots of gold” often associated with leprechauns. The legend says that if you catch a leprechaun, you can force him to tell you where he hid his pot of gold. Supposedly, this pot of gold is hidden at the end of a rainbow. Because you can never find the “end” of a rainbow, you can’t get the pot of gold. To get the gold, you first get to catch the little Leprechaun.

The cheerful, friendly ‘Lil elf most Americans associate with St. Paddy’s Day stems from a 1959 Walt Disney film called Darby O’Gill & the Little People. The Americanized, good-natured leprechaun soon became a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland in general.

Seeing as my birthday is the day before this green holiday, my mother would always give me something green..green clothes, green jewelry and sometimes a green cake. It was fun trying to figure out what she would come up with next. Well one of my sons was born on my birthday and he turned 28 yesterday. I wish that I had kept the “green” tradition going for him.

Why do Americans make up traditions …like wearing green, drinking green beer, Irish car bombs, and lucky charms cereal, that had nothing to do with Ireland? In Ireland, people go to church, eat corned beef with cabbage and kiss the blarney stone. Americans just wanted another excuse to get drunk so we made up our own traditions.

Oh yeah before I forget: don’t call it “St Patty’s Day” either because Patty is a girl. Saint Patrick was a guy. In Ireland the name Patrick is actually spelled differently so if you shorten the Irish name it would be “Paddy”. Just another American tradition that probably drives another country bonkers.

Well in other news:

I had a big group of guests from Poland in my store yesterday. They are now stuck in the USA because their flights home were all canceled. Hopefully they all have enough money for food until they are able to get home.

Couple of my coworkers are starting to freak out about customers that come in coughing or looking sick. They have even started following some people around with lysol spray. I was told that an older Asian gentleman got upset because an employee was following him around with lysol. I assume he hasn’t seen or heard the news in a month.

The National Park Service has closed the visitor center, but our store and restaurant is still open. I don’t really expect us to close. As far as I know ALL of my grandchildren have an extra long Spring break vacation. Which is probably why I am seeing more kids in my store this week.