13 March 2008
The Daily KruMB had a record day, yesterday! Our blog stats show that this site was accessed 166 times on 12 March! And today we’re not far behind that record with 159. We are very proud.
We’ve been on a fairly steady growth path since the very beginning. We’re remembering to tell more people we’re here, all the time. But, this current spike seems to be somewhat falsely driven by an enormous number of people googling (or otherwise searching the internet) for St. Patrick’s Day references! Specifically: “Erin Go Braugh”—which as Kyle pointed out in a recent post isn’t even the correct spelling for the phrase that means “Ireland Forever!” I was at first a little embarrassed that my door decoration he photographed is spelled wrong. Probably made in a country where the people don’t speak English, much less Gaelic! And then, I thought, well, at least we should spell the title of that post correctly. The writing itself will still make perfect sense if we just take that one extra letter away . . . but now . . . it’s that extra letter that’s driving all these hits! I find it very amusing.
I’m a lover of St. Patrick’s Day. I know there are plenty of Scottish and Irish folks that are not. After all it is Patrick that practically single-handedly crushed the ancient religious ways of the Celtic people and melded their belief structures into his version of Christianity. The Church was not really the best thing that happened on those two little islands in the fourth and fifth centuries. But, my family’s heritage is half Irish—Gammy’s last name was Mulligan!—and growing up in the north, where the church on every other corner is Catholic, not Baptist—it’s practically in my DNA to wear green on March 17th. And since I’m going on about this so early, all my friends will have plenty of time to plan to do the same!
So, what, you may be asking yourself, is the connection between tequila and St. Patty’s Day? Nothing actually. Just the crazy little path the firing neurons in my brain decided to take. Kyle had a desire for tequila tonight, and I thought that sounded like a great idea. So, two rims were salted, two little glasses were poured, and my prize bottle of Herradura Anejo got a teeny bit emptier. An hour later, trying to wind down and realizing there’d been no photography in my day as I alternated sewing with website data base work, I thought back to that smooth, yummy stuff and into the light box it went. Kyle and I are trying to learn to take pictures using the light box, but it’s not an easy style of photography. We are sadly, much in need of more practice and maybe some studying. But, I like what I’ve got here, anyway.
It wasn’t until I opened up my flickr site and had to name my photo, that I realized the little tequila treat could be considered our celebration for our record day . . . and there, then, is the Irish connection. So, whether you’re celebrating St. Patty’s day on Saturday with the hard-core Catholics who don’t feel that the “celebration” or feast day of a beloved saint should contradict the thoughtful, quiet nature of Holy Week, or whether you’re planning to party hearty on Monday the 17th — raise a cup of tea or coffee or a glass of whiskey or Guinness or Ugly Pug . . . or even tequila—and offer a toast, and remember good ole’ Saint Patrick.