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March 17, 2006

prefer orange to green?

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 4:34 pm

Last March, we were just mad about saffron, and featured

b&w (that’s grayscale to you younguns) photos of The Gates,

the wonderful art event in NYC’s Central Park, created by

Christo and Jeanne Claude.  Each image posted was linked to

a full-color photo taken by lawyer Arthur J. Giacalone, of East

Aurora, New York (my brother).



                                                                                        larger in full color


If you’d like a glimpse of orange rather than (or in addition to)

green today, why not check out our tribute to The Gates, which

also includes haiku by George Swede.

tiny check Meanwhile, our resident-realist Honored Guest

poet, Ed Markowski, sent an email today that says:

“let’s inject a little more reality into the st. paddy’s day




                the 8th day

                 of a week long bender…

                    st. patrick’s day







                                st. patrick’s day

                                   the rainbow ends

                                     where no one ever goes






st. patrick’s day

   our pot filled

     with watery broth






                    st. patrick’s day

                        the foreman hands out

                            pink slips






                the spare change

                    jangling in my pockets…

                       st. patrick’s day





tiny check Estate Lawyer Joel Schoenmeyer, of the Death & Taxes weblog, 

and I have conducted a debate of sorts this week on whether

the courts should make more user-friendly information available

to applicants in Probate Court, so that those who wish may appear

pro se (that is, without a lawyer).  See our original March 13 post,

probate and pro se: whose court is it?, which has several updates

linking to and responding to Joel’s thoughts.


the runner’s vest

blends in  —

through The Gates of central park




tiny check  Thoughts of St. Patrick’s Day and the color orange remind your

editor of his first act of “civil disobedience”, which occurred on St.

Patrick’s Day in 1964, when I was a high school freshman.  My

home-room treacher, Mr. McCarthy, announced on March 16th

that anyone who wears anything orange on St. Patrick’s Day

would receive detention. which we called “jug” at McQuaid Jesuit

High School, in Rochester, New York.  That seemed awfully unfair

and arbitrary to my 13-year-old psyche, so I wore a one-inch wide,

neon-orange tie on March 17th, with a little fear in my heart. 


fence painter


The result was, fatefully, my first detention, and I had to spend some

time In Jug after class that day.  I wonder what I learned from that?

I never committed any wardrobe infractions thereafter.  However, as

editor in chief of the school newspaper, a couple years later, I sure

did point out unfairness, arbitrariness, and foolishness rather frequently.

That kind of behavior can be addictive.



tiny check  Last week, Metroland (Vol. 29:10, March 9, 2006) reported that  eyeG

its Readers Choice poll participants chose the weblog AlbanyEye as the

Best Local Blog here in the New York Capital Region.  I want to say hello

from across the county line here in Schenectady and send my congratu-

lations.  AlbanyEye‘s tagline is “Casting its unflinching gaze at Capital

Region media since 2004.”


tiny check  I very much enjoyed a short  NPR segment a few minutes ago, in

which David Weinberger explains why he loves you and your weblog,

but he can’t promise to read everything you post — and absolves you

from the responsibility to keep up with all he writes on his site.  Click to

listen to “Reading Blogs Is a Time-Consuming Endeavor,” March 17, 2006.


                                                                                                                    raindropS raindropS



erin go where?

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 10:41 am

Only in America, which makes a much bigger deal about

celebrating St. Patrick’s Day than any other nation, could

the little weblog of a grandson of Southern Italy produce the

#1 result in the Google query meaning of erin go bra>. Our 

piece on Erin Brockovich from September 2005 got the top


tiny check Of course, the simplified spelling in our headline —

using “erin go bra”, rather than “erin go bragh,”

“erin go braugh,” or “

reprise: feeling a little Irish?

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 1:09 am


Here are a few haiku and senryu from last year’s

St. Patrick’s Day post:




St. Patrick’s Day

a traffic cop directs





spring green

on the scaffold a workman

swinging his feet



by Pamela Miller Ness,                                                                            

“St. Patrick’s Day” – The Can Collector’s Red Socks (2003), a haiku sequence       

“spring green”  – A New Resonance 2 & frogpond XXII: 3






the little sake shop
open for business…
spring mountain






into the grass
at the shrine, pouring…
new sake




    translated by David G. Lanoue





Saints Patrick

and Christopher  —

sharing a drink and a ride






March 17 —

snow ‘s gone

snakes are back


    [March 17, 2005]





St. Paddy’s parade —

at the curb

green and yellow snow


   [March 12, 2005]



pickup g




drawing the
designated driver straw —
st. patrick’s day





2006 Bonus: from Pamela Miller Ness:


new kitten

the size

of her heartbeat


   Editor’s Choice,  Nisqually Delta Review (Winter/Spring 2006)

                                                                                                                            pickup gf


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