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07/21/2010

USA USA USA USA USA USA

THE 4TH JULY! BBQ! SWIMMING POOLS! FIREWORKS! I DID NONE OF THESE THINGS!

I went to a Hurling Match on the 4th of July. What's Hurling? Field Hockey on steroids and a disregard for padding.

Tangent Time: Ireland has a huge volunteer sports organisation called the GAA, the Gaelic Atheltic Association where they play Irish games such a Gaelic Football, Rugby, and Hurling. They're all various variations of running and trying to kick things through uprights. They do have one common theme, beating the crap out of each other with minimum cushioning. In Hurling there is a 200 pound man barreling at you with a wooden club in his hand swinging all about your personal space. They were FORCED to wear Helmets this year. It's really wild.

The Hurling Tournament was good craic and I'm glad I got to go. Irish sports has a really cool dynamic American sports lack because since the Athletes are all from their respective Counties and are unpaid, the players are all members of the community who you see at the bank, the grocery store, etc. etc. It's a cool concept to cheer for your friends and neighbors as opposed to laundry, as Seinfeld says.

We then celebrated America's birthday by asking some Irish friends of our what the most American place to eat is. It was called Captain America's. It was the pretty much the Hard Rock Cafe with faux-Americana knick-knacks on the wall and American inspired specials.

I went home feeling full, groggy, and slightly underwhelmed. SOUNDS LIKE THE 4TH TO ME!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

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