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In my world, Christmastime means one thing – less than 3 months until the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I’ve already begun preparations – practicing my reel steps, shopping for uncomfortable sweaters, and learning how to say “The priests are eating eggs” in Gaeilge (thanks, Rosetta Stone).
Then last Thursday morning I opened up The New Haven Register (while eating a breakfast of eggs with my priest friends) and learned that the New Haven police department is planning a St. Patrick’s Day “crackdown.” For as long as I can remember, public drinking laws have been “unofficially” suspended on Parade Day, but Chief James Lewis says this year will be different. As St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland (even though post-glacial Ireland never had snakes), Chief Lewis is hoping to drive the drunks out of New Haven.
So when hundreds of thousands of people converge downtown March 14, there will be no U-Haul trucks with kegs or wagons filled with cases of beer allowed. Officers will be instructed to tell cooler-toting people to return them to their cars, Lewis said.
As for spectators who still insist on drinking, “There will be tickets written that day,” Lewis warned.
Personally, I always thought the reason that the police didn’t enforce public drinking laws on Parade Day was because they couldn’t. How can you enforce “no public drinking” when the public drinkers outnumber police officers 50 to 1? (Statistic completely made up.) What say you? What do you think of the “Great St. Patrick’s Day Parade Crackdown of 2010”?
While Elle hems and haws over the weather report (storm warning in New Haven County takes effect at noon… not til 4pm in Hartford County!), I’m hemming and hawing over whether it’s lame to wear my flannel lined khakis to the brewery to show how aware I am of the extreme weather conditions, thanking the automotive gods for four-wheel drive, and wondering if the extreme conditions are an angry divine response to (1) my belief in automotive gods or (2) my intentions to visit both a seminary AND a non-denominational megachurch today.
Either way, the OneSixNine girls are totally not going to be slowed down by a little national weather alert. A toast to that! See you at Hooker.
The Courant shared this tidbit with me today:
Connecticut is the second least happy state in the country according to a survey of 1.3 million people across the country by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Obviously not enough Connecticut folk are reading the OneSixNine blog. Come join our fun! A study of the happiest countries in the world put Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands rated at the top of the list, ranking first, second and third, respectively. Since Denmark is #7 on the heaviest drinking countries, I’ll going to assume a causal link. Since I endeavor to make Connecticut a happier place, I will suggest all our readers join us at the Hooker Brewery this weekend. Do it for Connecticut!
Hey, don’t ask us, ask whoever wrote the town’s website text. They said it, not me! Actually, we’re pretty excited to be going somewhere as beautiful as Bloomfield claims to be… even in this weather! So we’re going to warm up with a few Hookers — only $5! Come join us! — and then maybe seek penance at Connecticut’s first megachurch or the local seminary, which looks totally stunning. I think we’ll skip this round of hiking — it’s cold out! — but we haven’t decided the rest of our day. Bummer that the farm implements museum met an early demise, but there appears to be some nice looking and/or architecturally significant buildings in the Bloomfield area. No James van der Beek, but I guess we can settle for Indianapoliz Colts well-paid, if not well spoken, defensive end Dwight Freeney. Hey Elle, maybe he’s single? We’ll see…. Anyways. Suggestions for food in Bloomfield, anyone? One elite Yelp listmaker has some options for us, but we’re always open to other ideas.
I want to take this opportunity to remind all of you that OneSixNine has a Tweety Page to go with this Bliggity Blog. (reference) We do not yet have a FaceySpace, although Emme thinks we should get one because we have a lot of friends who don’t actually read the blog but would join out of obligation.