Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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A toast from me to you -- Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Beware the leprechauns!!

Time is flying by on Spring Break. Either too much stuff to do, or perhaps too little, since I’m not really doing any homework. But, nonetheless, It’s time to bring on the blarney charm and write something cool about St. Patricks Day.

man from Pierre dressed in green outfit for st pats day

A very festive Pierre resident bringing on the St. Paddy's Day spirit at Bob's Lounge in Pierre, S.D. This gentlemen dyes his beard each year for this occasion.

It’s always been one of my favorite holidays, you know dressing up in green, pinching people and consuming mass volumes of green beer. I think one the coolest moms on Earth put it so succinctly one year during a session of the South Dakota Senate. I can’t remember what she said verbatim, but state Sen. Nancy Turbak Berry, D-Watertown, told members of the senate “Happy St. Patrick’s Day,” and if she could pass along a tradition to the state legislature, St. Patrick’s Day would be a day to take off from work. Her kids, Seamus and Liam Culhane, were allowed to play hookey on St. Patrick’s Day, since birth — my sentiments precisely. As of right now, my brain has now checked “out” and is now off-duty. (OK, lemme finish my blog first. BTW, I post every WEDNESDAY, so come back here.)

portrait of South Dakota senator nancy turbak berry

South Dakota state Sen. Nancy Turbak Berry, D-Watertown

Adria Johnson serves green beer

Adria Johnson brings heavy pitchers of green beer to her bar patrons at the bar formerly known as Mitch's GrandStan in Pierre, S.D., March 17, 2007.

Let me digress now on the past three St. Paddy’s Day memoirs. Hmm. In 2009, I was traveling thru the small town of Pierre, S.D. It was only a year earlier the honorable senator made her remark about her family tradition. I was still living in Pierre, a political reporter at the Capital Journal, back then, but last year I believe I was heading back west to New Mexico, after working a few odd jobs in New York, and Michigan. Pierre has a lovely tradition of having a parade and bringing the whole town together to celebrate…. it was the first time I saw Pierre’s new mayor, Laurie Gill, waving to the crowd on the city float. It was chilly that day. Me and this little rascal; a kid of about 10 years old standing next to me, started being very competitive about gathering the candy being thrown around us. We bumped heads, literally, several times diving for Lemonheads and Everlasting Gobstoppers. The final laugh for the little squirt was me chomping down on a very piece of hard candy. A premolar that was losing life slowly all of sudden succombed to the candy and broke; nearly in half. OMG! Pain could not be measured on a scale of 1 to 10. Perhaps, 25, or 40 would be where I was on that 10 scale.

Dan Myers and Adam wearing goggles

Adam sporting fashionable St. Patty's Day mega glasses and Dan Myers at the Silver Spur Saloon in Fort Pierre. This bar is only opened one day a year to keep it's liquor license (valued over $100,000) alive.

Luckily, that’s where green beer comes in. And, Irish Car Bombs. Oh those people in Pierre. I think this was the third year I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Pierre. So to you my fellow Pierrites (or Pierronians, or whatever), I raise my Molson Ice (dyed green with food coloring just a second ago), to Dean Peterson, Dan Myers, Jen Neely, Jen “who throws bugs at Crystal L.” Cannes, Laz Szomor, Christopher “Shakespeare” Webb, Sheila and Gina, Jeff Bunn, Kent Anderson, and the rest of you mofos out there that I failed to mention — the best to all of you. What is St. Paddy’s Day without you? Geez. How depressing.

Laz, Dean and Chris

We can probably call these hooligans the Rat Pack of Pierre. From left, Laz Szomor, Dean Peterson and Chris Webb.

Let’s not forget about the mystical Irish creature who guards the pot of gold on this day. They are alive and well in Pierre… near the waters of the Missouri River, in and around La Framboise Island. I’ve heard the call of the leprechaun. Dean and I sent Chris Webb on his merry way to locate the bizarre creatures… he instead lassoed in a girl from the ruff. Oops, you know who you are… hehah. Just seeing if you’re reading my blog. Be thankful, I didn’t mention names here. Because, it was an amusing night. Anyway, they hang out in the dark shadows guarding their beloved treasure. They’re troll-like things — LEPRECHAUNS… scarey!

Bob's Lounge in Pierre

A look at Bob's Lounge on March 17, 2007, in Pierre, S.D. If you look closely at the sidewalk in front of the bar, you'll see a freshly painted shamrock. Cheers!

Well, enough of my musings of St. Patricks Day. My agenda for this afternoon is to see the holiday parade downtown Cleveland. It won’t be the same as Pierre, but it’ll have to suffice for now. Oh yeah, cheers to Bob’s Lounge in Pierre, as they repaint the green Shamrock on the sidewalk out front — a once a year festivity.

Bronson Peshlakai on St. Pats day 2007

Bronson Peshlakai, your's truly, wearing no flair for the St. Patrick's Day holiday in Pierre, S.D., 2007. I'm ready this year baby.

I’ve got my Kelly Green Polo shirt ready, as well as some Paddy’s Day trinkets that blink and stuff. Stopping for a bit of holiday merriment after the parade is almost a certainty. I was planning to celebrate this day in New York City, but other plans have creeped up last minute. This evening, I’ll mosey my way to Little Italy (Cleveland, not New York) to the Holy Rosary Cathedral to begin rehearsals for Easter services coming up in a few weeks. Let’s hope I don’t get caught up seeking an imaginery pot of gold by means of metabolizing ethanol molecules tinged with green dye.

Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!!!


Back on track . . . Obama anticipated to be in the state

Crystal Lindell mugWell thanks to the very kind generosity of Ms. Crystal Sue Lindell, formerly of Pierre, S.D., we got my blog looking a little more cooler. Thanks Crystal. I suggested she help me redesign this page, and I would write on this blog at least EVERY OTHER DAY. I’ll try a daily post, but sometimes, my 12 hour (10 hour flex houred) days get the better of me.

It’s a  beautiful day to be a South Dakotan!

On Friday, Barack Obama’s campaign office announced South Dakota’s Obama state campaign director. Nathan Peterson will handle the throes of throwing Obama a huge party wherever and whence ever he plans on coming to the state.

Obama poseThe state has 16 delegates who will head to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug. 25 to 28.  According to the Associated Press, Peterson worked on re-election campaigns for former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle in 2004 and Sen. Tim Johnson in 2002. He now works for Hildebrand Tewes Consulting of Sioux Falls, a political consulting firm.

HillaryI talked with Peterson today and he was pretty excited to add my name to a media distribution list that will inform me when and if Obama will head to South Dakota. Peterson said he pretty much is almost certain that he is.

American Indian girlThe United Sioux Tribes Executive director Clarence Skye, of Pierre, told reporters last week that they have sent invitations to both Hillary Clinton’s and Obama’s campaigns to be a special guest of honor at a traditional Lakota Sioux Pow Wow at a time to fit in any of their busy schedules.

Skye said he wants to discuss issues facing American Indians with the Democratic presidential candidates.

In the 2006 presidential elections, the five largest Sioux tribes — Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Crow Creek and Lower Brule — voted overwhelmingly for Democrat candidate John Kerry, according to a county breakdown of votes from the South Dakota Secretary of State Web site. Although a couple counties showed a larger number of votes for Republican George W. Bush, those counties likely have less land area on a reservation.

With Michigan and Florida Democrats failing to garner enough support from their respective state legislatures to have a “re-do primary” after breaking Democratic National Party rules of moving their primaries up before the Iowa caucuses, South Dakota will now have the benefit of seeing more attention from the Dem prez candidates when voters head to the polls on June 3.

suttonklaudtPerhaps we may still have some national news coming out of this state that doesn’t have to deal abortions, a senator’s slap on the wrist for letting an 18-year-old legislative page he sponsored sleep in the same bed as him, and a fat-farmer-former-state representative manipulating and allegedly extracting eggs from his foster daughter, who also happened to be a legislative page in the state house.

More information on the county break down of South Dakota’s 2006 presidential election can visit the secretary of state’s Web site: www.sdsos.gov.

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New blog

Alright, so it’s slightly crazy that I set up this blog. Call it an eerily whimsical maneuver I suppose, considering it is 3:15 a.m.

After reading my friend Crystal’s blog a few times, I figure what the hell. But, why? First of all, I hate writing editorials for the newspaper I work at, The Capital Journal (Pierre, S.D.). It’s hard to find a piece every other week. The ones I’ve written so far are so trite and just as lame as this posting. But, I figure writing a blog can probably fine tune my editorial writing skills. You think?

So with that, this is my announcement to the world that I intend to write a blog at least once a week… or perhaps if I just need to rant and rave, like Crystal does on hers. Whoa there cowboy!! You know I’m joking Crystal. You always have marvelous content on your blog.

Anyone wanting to read some top-notch stuff visit crystalsuelindell@wordpress.com to read the thoughts of a well-mannered, bright and I’m-not-a-gumshoe-reporter-anymore-cuz-I-don’t-live-in-SouthDakota anymore kinda gal.


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