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Lavern08
03-01-2013, 06:12 PM
March Madness = Basketball, basketball and more basketball. :flag:

My hubby will be glued to the TV.

Oh well, at least I can look forward to Easter = A new outfit, a chocolate bunny and spring flowers. ;)

sassandgroove
03-01-2013, 11:52 PM
I love March, it's my birthday month. Thankfully hubby doesn't like basketball.

John Olexa
03-02-2013, 12:11 AM
The weather!!! Here in MD we are at that time of year where mother nature likes to play games with us. Tempting us with spring by having upper 50 lower 60 degree days followed but days in the 40's & nights in the upper 20's lower 30's ! Plus always the chance for a big snow storm just before real spring.

LJD
03-02-2013, 12:18 AM
Slush-filled streets.

Siri Kirpal
03-02-2013, 12:34 AM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

I liked March enough to be born in it.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

F.L.N
03-02-2013, 12:54 AM
March Madness = Basketball, basketball and more basketball. :flag:

My hubby will be glued to the TV.


I'm not a big fan of most indoor sports but a friend of mine said she loves March and March Madness. Her husband is so busy she considers it free time!

As for me, my son was born in March and everything is starting to turn green. Out here in the woods, it is the first real sign of SPRING! Birds are pairing up fawns begin to appear and we may even see a bear cub or two.

There is a lot to be said for March.

Cliff Face
03-02-2013, 01:58 AM
I have to go back to Uni this month. Ack!

Eh, I wouldn't say I hate March. In fact, it's got a bit going for it. There's a writer's festival in my city sometime in March, which I may have to check out this year, sis was born in March, and summer is OVER!

That last one is my favourite. :D Can't stand summer.

LadyV
03-02-2013, 02:01 AM
The weather!!! Here in MD we are at that time of year where mother nature likes to play games with us. Tempting us with spring by having upper 50 lower 60 degree days followed but days in the 40's & nights in the upper 20's lower 30's ! Plus always the chance for a big snow storm just before real spring.

^ This. We just want it to be spring but we get toyed around. Even April can be like this.

Jersey Chick
03-02-2013, 02:04 AM
It's nicer out, but not quite nice enough...

My husband's birthday - he's impossible to shop for.

Another month until baseball season begins....

GingerGunlock
03-02-2013, 02:50 AM
/whines

Why isn't it spring yet??

ElaineA
03-02-2013, 04:25 AM
Not a darn thing! March up here means noticeably longer and brighter days, even if it's rainy. And it smells so nice outside.

BradyH1861
03-02-2013, 04:42 AM
My anniversary is tomorrow, March 2nd. That day is also Texas Independence Day and Sam Houston's birthday. That is why I got married on that date.

I'll never forget my anniversary!

heyjude
03-02-2013, 04:56 AM
Hmmm... I love March. But we're crazy busy at the church, of course.

Also we're having a cold snap. I had to put on the heat. Now that I hate!

BradyH1861
03-02-2013, 04:56 AM
And beward the ides of March!

Chase
03-02-2013, 05:39 AM
My girlfriend's birthday, and I never know what to get her.

MaryMumsy
03-02-2013, 06:00 AM
Tax season really gets rolling, and I lose whatever sanity I've held on to.

MM

KellyAssauer
03-02-2013, 06:52 AM
My mood cycling shifts into a higher gear and I starting swinging from
high to low a lot quicker. I know it's the weather, but it's doesn't help. =(

kenthepen
03-02-2013, 06:56 AM
Whoa.

Lavern08
03-05-2013, 10:06 PM
^ Things you say to a stallion

Tepelus
03-06-2013, 02:10 AM
The weather!!! Here in MD we are at that time of year where mother nature likes to play games with us. Tempting us with spring by having upper 50 lower 60 degree days followed but days in the 40's & nights in the upper 20's lower 30's ! Plus always the chance for a big snow storm just before real spring.

Yup.

LadyA
03-06-2013, 04:12 AM
I love it too, but it's suddenly really sunny and warm here in the UK, and I just *know* that it'll be like last year - boiling hot March and then rainy, hardly-warm-at-all 'summer' months. :(

Cliff Face
03-06-2013, 11:10 AM
Ugh, I was hoping Autumn would get rid of the heat, but so far it's been hotter than most of Summer! And humid!

*takes ice bath*

TimGavin
03-07-2013, 05:45 AM
As an Irishman, I hate St. Patrick's Day in the States. The Irish Americans are some of the most obnoxious, culture grubbing, ignorant individuals I've had the displeasure to meet.

BradyH1861
03-07-2013, 05:57 AM
The Irish Americans are some of the most obnoxious, culture grubbing, ignorant individuals I've had the displeasure to meet.

Wow. Way to paint with a broad brush there. I guess I qualify as one of these ignorant individuals. Sorry my family immigrated here. I guess we should have stayed in the old country.

And for the record, I go to Mass on St. Patrick's Day. I don't drink, so it is the only way for me to celebrate.

TimGavin
03-07-2013, 06:20 AM
Wow. Way to paint with a broad brush there. I guess I qualify as one of these ignorant individuals. Sorry my family immigrated here. I guess we should have stayed in the old country.

And for the record, I go to Mass on St. Patrick's Day. I don't drink, so it is the only way for me to celebrate.

Not necessarily Americans of Irish descent. It's people who identify as 'Irish Americans' that I take issue with, because there is nothing Irish about them.

If you had grown up in the Gaeltacht and then came to America for the neon shamrocks, green beer, and 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' T-shirts, you'd be bitter about it too. In Ireland we call Irish Americans "Plastic Paddies" and they're one of our biggest standing jokes.

Silver King
03-07-2013, 06:24 AM
As an Irishman, I hate St. Patrick's Day in the States. The Irish Americans are some of the most obnoxious, culture grubbing, ignorant individuals I've had the displeasure to meet.
That's not a very nice thing to say, Tim. You've insulted Brady, as well as many other members of AW, including me.

You're new here, so I'll take it that you've misjudged your audience and didn't mean to come off as an asshole. Or maybe you did. Either way, you'll do well to mind your manners here in the future, or this site will be rid of you faster than you can say, "Saint Paddy."

TimGavin
03-07-2013, 06:31 AM
Then I'll try to rephrase what I said.

As someone who grew up immersed in Irish culture and was raised to have a keen sense of pride in his national heritage, the current American caricature of the Irish and Irish nation, most evident around March, is seen as offensive and repulsive by myself and a great deal of the Irish. Many of us hold the Irish American community responsible for misrepresenting and commercialising a culture that does not belong to them and as such, we do not enjoy being in the States during March.

Jersey Chick
03-07-2013, 06:44 AM
As another Irish-American, I'm going to say it's so nice to be part of such a sweeping generalization. No, wait. It's not nice at all. And the rephrasings aren't really all that much better, IMHO. It's only slightly less offensive to Irish Americans than the original phrasing.

But only just.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-07-2013, 07:05 AM
My 'plastic Paddy' ancestors, here in the US since before the potato famine, and I own every single bit as much of the Irish culture as any Irish baby born, raised, and still living on or buried beneath the sod of the old country. I don't drink green beer or stagger about the city wearing 'Kiss me! I'm Irish!' buttons. I don't pinch people who aren't wearing green... so... bottom line, your generalization is full of shit. And your claim that we Irish Americans don't 'own' our own culture because we're 'plastic paddies' is full of shit, too.

TimGavin
03-07-2013, 07:10 AM
My 'plastic Paddy' ancestors, here in the US since before the potato famine, and I own every single bit as much of the Irish culture as any Irish baby born, raised, and still living on or buried beneath the sod of the old country. I don't drink green beer or stagger about the city wearing 'Kiss me! I'm Irish!' buttons. I don't pinch people who aren't wearing green... so... bottom line, your generalization is full of shit. And your claim that we Irish Americans don't 'own' our own culture because we're 'plastic paddies' is full of shit, too.


Does that culture you own include birth, citizenship, language, food, dance, music, lifestyle, and education that the true Irish grew up in?

My distant ancestors weren't from Ireland, but you don't see me walking around calling myself a Pict.

Sure, you own your own culture. You're an American, and American culture is yours. Why would you believe you have any connection to the Irish?

KellyAssauer
03-07-2013, 07:15 AM
:popcorn:

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-07-2013, 07:24 AM
Because Irish blood flows in my veins, TimGavin, on both my mother's side and my father's, along with a goodly portion of Scots blood. Because I am fortunate enough to be able to trace my family back to both countries, I identify with both - just as I proudly identify myself as American. I don't care what you call yourself or with which, if any, culture you claim. Why you give a rat's patoot with which culture anyone else identifies, is beyond me. It is also beyond me why you believe you can come into a community of 50,000+ individuals and insult quite a number of us.

If you intend to remain a member of this community, I suggest you read the Newbie Guide to Absolute Write, link for which may be found at the top of the page.

If you're just here to troll, you'll find your stay brief.

Jersey Chick
03-07-2013, 07:28 AM
Does that culture you own include birth, citizenship, language, food, dance, music, lifestyle, and education that the true Irish grew up in?

My distant ancestors weren't from Ireland, but you don't see me walking around calling myself a Pict.

Sure, you own your own culture. You're an American, and American culture is yours. Why would you believe you have any connection to the Irish?

Hmm... I must have missed the memo that made you the decider of who gets to be Irish and who doesn't. My connection to my Irish is blood, which came from my Irish grandparents.

Now I'm going to sit back and watch... Who's got the popcorn?

TimGavin
03-07-2013, 07:29 AM
Because Irish blood flows in my veins, TimGavin, on both my mother's side and my father's, along with a goodly portion of Scots blood. Because I am fortunate enough to be able to trace my family back to both countries, I identify with both - just as I proudly identify myself as American. I don't care what you call yourself or with which, if any, culture you claim. Why you give a rat's patoot with which culture anyone else identifies, is beyond me. It is also beyond me why you believe you can come into a community of 50,000+ individuals and insult quite a number of us.

If you intend to remain a member of this community, I suggest you read the Newbie Guide to Absolute Write, link for which may be found at the top of the page.

If you're just here to troll, you'll find your stay brief.


I was always under the impression that the types of blood are A, B, AB and O. Does Irish blood have little shamrocks floating around in it? I've never seen any in mine.

It's not what culture people identify with, it's how they treat it, and the Americans haven't done a stellar job with mine.

If you get your kicks from playing 'dress up Irish,' far be it from me to dissuade you, but when you try to associate yourself with us, then we take issue.

TimGavin
03-07-2013, 07:31 AM
Hmm... I must have missed the memo that made you the decider of who gets to be Irish and who doesn't. My connection to my Irish is blood, which came from my Irish grandparents.

Now I'm going to sit back and watch... Who's got the popcorn?


I don't get to decide who's Irish and who's not. But my home does. You know, Ireland. The country that defines being Irish as someone who was born there or has earned their citizenship. Not someone who's great-great ancestor couldn't keep their legs closed for a passing Irishman.

Ireland defines being Irish as a right of birth and right of citizenship. Which do you have?

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-07-2013, 07:33 AM
Thankfully, not all Irish are like you.

Jersey Chick
03-07-2013, 07:35 AM
I know one thing - you aren't worth getting banned over.

And I'm pretty sure being of Irish ancestry makes you Irish. I'm not claiming to be a citizen. By your standards, any Irish who became naturalized American citizens are no longer Irish. Totally makes sense. Except that it doesn't.

And the funny thing is - I also hate the stereotyping that St. Patrick's Day brings. I don't drink beer, never mind green beer, I don't drink shamrock anything and I don't wear green. It was always a rather solemn day in my house, with a lot of Irish music.

Actually, you'd probably have had people agreeing with you. But you had to add the insults and when you got called out on it, you just had to throw in a few more. Why? What was the point? Unless you did just feel like trolling.

TimGavin
03-07-2013, 07:57 AM
By your standards, any Irish who became naturalized American citizens are no longer Irish. Totally makes sense. Except that it doesn't.

Did you miss the part where I said my country sees being Irish as a right of BIRTH and citizenship? Whereas, if you were born in Ireland you are Irish, if you earn your citizenship you are Irish, if you were neither, you are not?

Why try to lecture me on my standard when you can't even quote it back correctly?

Actually I'm pretty sure that being born in America and living in America and being an American citizen makes you American. Not Irish. My mother's family were Roma generations back, and my father's family came to Ireland from Mainland Europe in about 600 BCE, but as I said, I am neither Gypsy nor Pict. I'm Irish. You are American.

If you think you're Irish, why don't you try coming to our nation and voting?

Silver King
03-07-2013, 07:59 AM
I don't get to decide who's Irish and who's not. But my home does. You know, Ireland. The country that defines being Irish as someone who was born there or has earned their citizenship. Not someone who's great-great ancestor couldn't keep their legs closed for a passing Irishman.

Ireland defines being Irish as a right of birth and right of citizenship. Which do you have?
You're done here, Tim.

I tried to warn you earlier, but you wouldn't listen. Must be that proud Irish temperament you're so in love with at the risk of everything else.

KellyAssauer
03-07-2013, 08:07 AM
Did you know that March is:

National Ethics Awareness Month? and Spiritual Awareness Month...and
Poison Prevention Month... and of course National Women's History Month! Woohoo!

It's also Optimism Month! So I'm going to be very optimistic and believe that all us different peeps can respect each other and write well, and help each other!

:Hug2:

So, in honor of all that, I won't be bringing up my American Indian heritage... and telling you all to get the heck off my lawn. ;)

but come April...

zanzjan
03-07-2013, 08:09 AM
If you think you're Irish, why don't you try coming to our nation and voting?

*reads location tag* What, Chicago?

Jersey Chick
03-07-2013, 08:11 AM
It's like arguing with my son. Guess I'll have to tell all of my Irish relatives they are no longer Irish because someone with a weird sort of complex decided it. Should be fun. The poor misguided souls have all thought they were Irish, but now they know they were so very wrong. I'm sure they'll thank you for making them see it all so clearly.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-07-2013, 08:12 AM
Ookay, folks. Move along... nothing to see here. Mr. Gavin will be taking a short break to contemplate what it means to be a citizen of Absolute Write, no matter what heritage he claims.

You know what I hate about March? Spring forward! The bloody time change is almost upon us again.

Kylabelle
03-07-2013, 08:14 AM
Did you know that March is:

National Ethics Awareness Month? and Spiritual Awareness Month...and
Poison Prevention Month... and of course National Women's History Month! Woohoo!

It's also Optimism Month! So I'm going to be very optimistic and believe that all us different peeps can respect each other and write well, and help each other!

:Hug2:

So, in honor of all that, I won't be bringing up my American Indian heritage... and telling you all to get the heck off my lawn. ;)

but come April...

Come April? Are we there yet? Cause April is National Grilled Cheese Month.

But, it's still March, sigh.

:D

Jersey Chick
03-07-2013, 08:16 AM
You know what I hate about March? Spring forward! The bloody time change is almost upon us again.

I HATE this spring ahead stuff. I like the extra hour of daylight, but I HATE giving up that hour of sleep. grrr....

Kylabelle
03-07-2013, 08:18 AM
I HATE this spring ahead stuff. I like the extra hour of daylight, but I HATE giving up that hour of sleep. grrr....

See, this is what puzzles me. The hour doesn't go away, they just give it a different number.

I think it is silly, myself.

ElaineA
03-07-2013, 08:19 AM
Having spent two weeks in Ireland I never ONCE encountered anyone so ridiculous as TimGavin. I happen to be inordinately proud of my Irish Heritage--I'm a McCarthy and will be forever, regardless of my married name. The citizens of Ireland I met were open, welcoming and all-around lovely. Tim, you might be voter-eligible Irish, but Thank The Good Lord you're not the sort of Irishman I ever encountered. In fact, I believe you might be the ONLY hostile Irishman I've ever encountered.

Was this some sort of stunt to provoke a reaction you could write about?? Either way...Slainte, SK, for taking a stand.

Jersey Chick
03-07-2013, 08:25 AM
The Irish I met were warm and welcoming and when they found out we were Irish, they wanted to know all about us. Absolutely wonderful people. Not one told me I wasn't Irish because I couldn't vote. For the ones I met, saying my grandmother was from Kilkenny and my grandfather from County Mayo was enough for them to accept we were an Irish family. That we weren't citizens didn't have them pointing and screaming at us for impersonating Irish-Americans.

If I encountered someone like TimGavin, he'd most likely have gotten a junkpunch for his condescending nonsense. That is, if the attitude showed itself.

Foinah
03-07-2013, 08:43 AM
Oh, dear, oh my. Tim Gavin does not speak for all Irish people. Not at all.
Some things he said...some resonate with me, simply because I dealt with the Uber over-the-top-stereotype-wanna-be-cabbages who would assault my pub on Paddy's. Those folks are idiots all year ;-) haha! But that is not every Irish American.

Tim needs to remember that the Irish have stayed Irish no matter where they go or how long they've been gone. This Belfast girl sees the spirit in the blood and ignores the birth certificate. I may not even qualify by his standards because I never learned the Irish when I was growing up, just a few phrases here and there. But I'm Irish.
Tim, it's gonna be a long stay here in the States if you don't find a way to settle in. Irish pride is one thing, but being a bully boy is simply off sides.

Medievalist
03-07-2013, 09:14 AM
Did you miss the part where I said my country sees being Irish as a right of BIRTH and citizenship? Whereas, if you were born in Ireland you are Irish, if you earn your citizenship you are Irish, if you were neither, you are not?

Why try to lecture me on my standard when you can't even quote it back correctly?

I've been invited to apply for Irish citizenship—because of my Irish language scholarship.

I've been invited to teach at TCD and Cork—because of my efforts to preserve Irish.

I'm not Irish; I'm pretty much everything else but Irish.

But I can read the Táin in the original.

Can you?

Can you even order a meal in Dhún na nGall in Irish ? I can.

Do you even know the difference in Irish from Cork and Irish from Donnegal?

I do.

Téigh trasna ort féin, bualadh craicinn.

ElaineA
03-07-2013, 09:23 AM
Téigh trasna ort féin, bualadh craicinn.


I want to beg you to translate but I have a feeling this is something wonderfully bad. :D

(Rep button for non-public foreign language insults and curses?)

Chase
03-07-2013, 09:25 AM
As an Irishman, I hate blah blah the States. The blah blah Americans are blah blah blah blah.

Little more than an anti-U.S. rant thinly disguised as a defense of purity of culture. As is sometimes the irony, by someone who has abandoned the culture he holds pure to enjoy the fruits he claims to despise. Sad.

I also hate the time jump ahead. I get older faster.

Cliff Face
03-07-2013, 01:13 PM
So I guess that means time will be going backwards for me soon...

As if Australia needed to be any more different. Now time is reversing direction! Argh!

!seon hO .gnineppah ydaerla s'tI

Lavern08
03-07-2013, 09:49 PM
...You know what I hate about March? Spring forward! The bloody time change is almost upon us again.

I know, right?

It takes me at least a month to get adjusted to the time change. :rant:


*Insomniac Jazz Hands* :D

Cliff Face
03-08-2013, 01:24 AM
It's like a miniature amount of jet lag without actually going anywhere!

Surely there's a pill for that?

Ashwood
03-08-2013, 01:58 AM
I dislike the random snow flurries while it's sunny. Ugh. Typical Oregon weather.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-08-2013, 06:46 PM
That's as bad as thunder snow.

Jersey Chick
03-08-2013, 06:49 PM
We got six inches of snow last night. It's supposed to be in the fifties tomorrow.

**sigh**

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-08-2013, 06:59 PM
I hear ya, Jersey. Before Snowmageddon a week or so ago, we had 60s. The thermometer plunged, snow hit, thermometer rose and we hit the 70s this week. My sinuses don't know what to do - other than make me miserable.

Lavern08
03-08-2013, 07:01 PM
... My sinuses don't know what to do - other than make me miserable.

Ohhhh, I feel ya, Girlfriend, I truly understand. :flag:

Cliff Face
03-09-2013, 12:43 AM
*makes note to visit Americaland in March one year*

I think it's a case of "want what you can't have". We don't get snow in Australia (except a couple of mountains out in whoop whoop that do skiing) so when I hear everyone else complaining about snow, I just want to experience it for myself.

So my point is, go make a snowwoman. ;)

Jersey Chick
03-09-2013, 12:52 AM
It's not the snow, it's the seesawing weather that drives me batty. I like the snow, personally. :)

Cliff Face
03-09-2013, 01:57 AM
Oh, okay. :)

I don't seem to mind see-sawing weather. I just dislike Adelaide weather in general. :tongue Like, it's too hot for about 7 months of the year and the wind is nearly constant. Except on the really hot days - then there's no wind to even attempt to cool you down.

Last year when I had long hair, walking to the shops meant my hair was going everywhere. By the time I got to the shops, I looked like I'd just rolled out of bed 3 seconds ago. Ack!

But yeah - Adelaide has been called "the windy city" for a good reason. I'm not sure if Chicago is windier (is that a word?) but it's bloody annoying nonetheless.

So give me some snow to combat the heat, and less wind, and maybe I'd like the weather? :D

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-09-2013, 07:05 AM
Oklahoma and Chicago trade the title of 'Windiest City' back and forth, Cliff. If Adelaide is even half as windy as either, I do feel your pain.

Cliff Face
03-09-2013, 07:09 AM
Not sure how windy either of those places are. But as far as Australia's concerned, Adelaide is the "windy city".

ETA: I should add that we don't get tornadoes though. So we don't get the super extreme winds in that regard, but the everyday sort of "Argh go away!" winds, we get those most days.

KellyAssauer
03-09-2013, 07:11 AM
I don't think I like that March has International Woman's Day.


Shouldn't we have the whole month? ;)

Cliff Face
03-09-2013, 07:12 AM
Sounds like a plan to me.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-09-2013, 06:24 PM
I claim the whole year, personally.