This Sunday is St Patricks day here in the states. There will be parades, lots of drinking and corned beef and cabbage. It was originally a day of solidarity among Irish Americans in a time when a lot of them were stuggling with prejudice . Now there may be a little of that spirit of solidarity left but mostly I just see it as another exuse to party. Not really a bad thing. My problem is that although I am of Irish decent, I don't drink, I think parades are boring and I would rather have enchiladas than corned beef and cabbage. Besides I think corned beef and cabbage was actually invented here in the states not in Ireland. So what do I do? I guess I'll just put on the Chieftans and the Pogues and leave it at that. I don't think my great grandparents would be happy.