Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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Monday, April 13, 2009
I was struck by the amount of picture-taking going on. Almost as strange as the way people were talking on their cell phones to someone else, not here, not at the parade. As though taking themselves away from their own uncontrolled experience (here at the parade) to the controlled experience of the phone call. But you have to admire a one-hand grip on a bottle of Guiness and a pint of Jamison's.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The architect may not have quite had this in mind for his half-wall detail in the limestone facade, but let's hope he has a sense of humor about it.
Jello-Shots® seemed to be popular. I'm not sure what they are, and I don't want to know.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Everyone wanted their pictures taken by their friends, no matter what they were doing.
Have you ever heard of the legendary New England "Blue Laws"? The backwardness of these statutes has resulted in some important national changes like the Griswold v. Connecticut decision in which the Supreme Court told the states to butt out of people's personal lives in the matter of birth control. But you still can't buy a beer in a grocery store on Sunday in Connecticut. You also are absolutely forbidden to drink in public. At an art gallery opening, the Connecticut (or Massachusetts) gallery owner may be thrown into a panic because a patron strolls out onto the sidewalk to look back in at the main window display with a little plastic cup of wine in hand. If an officer of the law should see this offense, he is supposed to issue a citation that will shut the place down for a couple of weeks, though most are humane enough to find something else to do. Well, at the St. Patrick's Day parade, it's Katy Bar The Door. Repeatedly during three hours of mayhem, people accosted me, not for pointing my camera at them, but for not having a pint of Guiness in my hands along with the camera.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The reports are that New Haven had 300,000 visitors to enjoy the Irish celebration. New Haven is a really small city. Its famous university is large in reputation, but its population of students is tiny compared to the big universities of America's heartland. This many people on the sidewalks made for total gridlock.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Until a month ago, I'd never been to a St. Patrick's Day parade. That's not all that surprising since I'm not fond of crowds, much less parades, though I've often photographed parade-style demonstrations and in the past few years have looked closely at Memorial Day parades. But I noticed while doing other research that there were Paddy's Day events in my general area on the 14th (Hartford, the state capitol), the 15th (New Haven, home of patrician education) and the 17th (the actual proper date, at New London, center of the New England whaling industry, a couple centuries ago).
Last month I decided to see what might be going on at these parades. For a little while this blog will deal with some of what I saw those three days.