In the fall of 2006, the Major and I enjoyed a weekender trip to Dublin, along with another couple (the Chief and our friend Susan). We stayed in a hostel in the downtown area where we could walk to everything or take the Hop On/Hop Off tours. From the Guinness and Jameson factory tours & tastings, to the pub crawling, it was a great trip. The best part of course was a little dust up I had in one of the pubs with a very drunk Irishman. Basically, as my husband and the Chief looked on (Susan was in the “loo”), the drunk man came up behind me and gave me a good spooning with his body while groping me around the front with his hands. Seeing the man spooning me, and then the hands where they should not be, the Chief turns to the Major and says “What should we do?!”
The Major replies “I’ll handle this,” and continues to drink his beer. What ended up happening was that I quickly flipped around and grabbed the man tightly by his “stones”, planted the palm of my other hand flat on his chest, and walked him across a very crowded bar. All the while, I was lecturing the man on the inappropriateness of grabbing a woman like that, let alone a married woman standing with her husband. To say the least it cleared a wide area around us and the man was then escorted out of the bar by his countrymen. The Chief laughed hilariously while the Major continued to drink his beer. While we had previously called that particular maneuver “the hand grenade” (think of it as “grab, twist, pull, throw”), it has become known at our house as “The Irish Treatment”. And such is my tale of an enjoyable weekend in the fair city of Dublin!
This year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Major ran in the Marine Corps’ Irish 10k Sprint. For dinner we will enjoy the traditional corned beef with cabbage, potatoes and carrots. And we will also watch “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara (a yearly tradition in our house). Adding to the frivolity this year, I am making Irish Soda Bread (using last week’s leftover buttermilk and topping it with the last of our homemade butter) and also a Guinness and coffee infused chocolate cake, all. I hope everyone enjoys their St. Patrick’s Day as much as we will!Below are the recipe links. Please note that the cake recipe states that you can use either Baileys or Guinness.