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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Friday Morning St. Paddy's Day

Saint Patrick, Shamrocks, Guinness, The Chieftains, Van Morrison

Did you know that in recent years Ireland has been stricken with a shortage of shamrocks?

That's right.  Experts blame a number of exceedingly harsh and consecutive winters along with a decline in the traditional hay meadows for a scarcity of Trifolium dubium, the wild-growing, three-leaf clover that botanists consider the official shamrock.

There is no shortage of Guinness however.

According to the people that keep track of things at the Guinness Book of World Records an estimated 13,000,000 pints of Guinness are consumed internationally on St. Patrick’s Day - with 30 percent being in the U.S.

Tomorrow I shall wear some green along with my shamrock pin and raise a pint to one of my favorite saints.  The rest of you can work on the 12,999,999 pints remaining.

My dog says she wants me to post her favorite song too...


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