So I read in the SJ-R today that there's some debate over whether things were out of hand during Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade ... because people were drinking on the sidewalks outside of the bars.
Edwards said the city should take formal action if drinking in public is to be allowed. Otherwise, he asked, what should police say to people who wanted to drink in public to celebrate Christmas or their birthdays?
You know, I haven't been able to drink in years ... because of the whole PKD thing. I suppose that's the main reason why I haven't attended a St. Patrick's Parade ... or Pub Crawl ... or anything else alcohol related for that matter ... in years.
So, since I wasn't there last Saturday, maybe I should keep my opinion to myself. Sure ... and if you think that's gonna happen, you must not come here very often ...
Back in the day when I did imbibe ... and boy, did I imbibe ... people always stood outside Kane's (my favorite bar at the time ... anyone remember Kane's?) on St. Patrick's Day. We watched the parade go by and had a drink or two. So, not to sound harsh or hurtful, but is this backlash just a knee-jerk reaction to Patrick Sheehan's death?
For those of you who don't know, Mr. Sheehan had been drinking downtown and was traveling 80 to 100 mph on Jefferson Street when his SUV flipped over shortly before he reached Veterans Parkway. The crash happened at 6 p.m., about an hour after downtown bars stopped outdoor alcohol sales.
Don't get me wrong ... Mr. Sheehan's death is a tragedy. Furthermore, I'm not advocating public intoxication. Drinking outside is against city ordinences ... but I think Jim Leach said it best on WMAY this morning. If you're not accosting anyone, you're not harassing anyone, and you aren't throwing up on anyone ... how is it hurting anyone?
In my humble opinion ... and that's all it is ... here's the bottom line. If you drink and drive, you're just as dangerous to me and my family ... whether you're sitting inside on a bar stool or whether you're standing outside watching the Mayor's brother handing out Guinness to folks dressed as leprechauns.
On the other hand ... who needs to drink ... when you can see the Mayor's brother handing out Guinness to leprechauns ... and still be totally sober.
In a free and easy way
Just give me enough of that fine old stuff
That's made near Galway Bay
The police men from old Donegal
Sligo and Lietrin too
We'll give them the slip and we'll take a sip
Of the rare auld Mountain Dew
Four To The Bar - Mountain Dew