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You dont say it how you think you say it.


Today came lessons 2, 3 and 4 of Irish culture 101 and here they are for you:

1. (just in case you missed yesterday’s post) The Irish are quiet. fhwrdh observed that it is as if the entire country is playing golf and speaking in low voices waiting for someone to make a putt.

2. The peas are different here. Peas in the USA are tiny sweet little bright green babies that pop a little when you bite into them. Irish peas are bigger and less sweet with no pop and a slight mealy-creamy consistency. Closer to garbanzos. I am in love!

Dear Irish Peas,
Lets run off and get married!

3. It is not pronounced how you think its pronounced. Tanney is really Taynee. Dun Laoghaire is Dun Leery. Ranelagh is Ranahla. Better just point to the map until you are sure you are saying it right. Also Gaelic lessons seem like they would be helpful.

4. For as quiet as the people here are, they love to talk; and as much as they love to talk, they love to listen. Everyone we’ve encountered seems to enjoy conversation and will stop their day for a bit of talk. They are excellent conversaionalists, making warm eye contact and listening with interest. I am charmed.

Tonight we are heading out to Temple Bar (its named after a guy named Temple, and its not a bar, its a street with shopping and galleries.)

In other news, the PTA had their installation luncheon yesterday and they all found out who their secret pals are - that is everyone did except me! Give it up PTA Ladies - who is it?

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7 Comments to

“You dont say it how you think you say it.”

  1. On June 7th, 2006 at 4:58 pm Bloody P Says:

    Yay! Facty’s back!

    Keep ‘em coming.

  2. On June 7th, 2006 at 4:58 pm Gene Says:

    “Dear Irish Peas,
    Lets run off and get married!

    Does he have a sister? I love peas, I love garbanzos…a trip to the Old Country may be in order. For the peas.

  3. On June 8th, 2006 at 2:16 am Magical Little One Says:

    Do we really have to tell you? It would be more fun to drive you crazy! We miss you and I promise that Miss Beautiful and Cal are doing GREAT!

  4. On June 22nd, 2006 at 2:41 am HighOnPoker Says:

    I spent a month in Ireland. The people are so friendly and the country is so beautiful that I now think of it as my home land…and I’m Jewish.

    Love that Ireland!

  5. On June 22nd, 2006 at 6:49 pm Eric a.k.a. Bone Daddy Says:

    hey facty, it was great to play against you again last night, i forgot you have a bit of a mean streak, at least that is how it felt after I became short stacked.

    Anyway, until next time.

  6. On June 29th, 2006 at 7:00 pm mookie99 Says:

    Congrats again on another final table in The Mookie. See you next week.

  7. On July 9th, 2006 at 6:00 am Sloejack Says:

    Have a pint for me, and if you should make it down to Cork, try to make it a food day. So many great types of food in Cork and all of it generally excellent. In between eating if you’re into the animal thing, take the train over to the Fota Wildlife Park and walk around with the lemurs and capaburras. If I could have swung it, I never would have left Ireland.

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