It all began when I swore I would not go out on Friday so I could save some money for Saturday’s St. Patty’s Day. After getting to the island and paying for the enourmous amount of upfront costs on top of only getting paid once a month, I hadn’t seen a real pay check in 5 weeks. But truth be told, I went out. We hit up Fidel Murphy’s Pub for a singer name Mundy that was down from Ireland. Apparently, this lad, is huge in Ireland and my neighours have been wanting to meet him for quite sometime. Anywho, we met the guy had a few Guinness and before I knew it we were bouncing from place to the next and it was half one, time to grab a beer sponge and get a few hours of sleep. We spot Gino’s Pizza on the way back and dive in, for a slice. I have $5 cash and of course they don’t take credit card. Now, if you havent been around the Irish, I would say they are quite and reserved until they get a little nectar in them. Then it is full out fun. These two are chatting it up with the two behind the counter and talk them into some slices of pizza for dancing an Irish Jig. And then seals the deal with a kiss on the cheek.
Back on the deck, we play a few hands of poker and I decide it will be an early morning for the 6 nations rugby matches that everyone is keen to watch. First draw is Italy and Ireland at half eight. I wake the Irish and my roommate, throw on my Italia tee and start stiring the pot. We reach the Fidel’s and pay the annoying cover charge for the matches and of course had to order a tradition Irish breakfast with Guinness.
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The day was great, the intensity was there when Ireland beat Italy and set everyone it a great mood, but after France rolled Scotland, the point system came down to England needing to win but they let Whales take the match. Ireland falls from first. We catch a ride back to Oceanside (our apartment) and decide to get some pizza and play some spades before the evening St. Patty’s celebrations. We pull our money together to split a couple pizzas and run out to pick them up. Now Dave swears he jogs by this place and will show me where it is since I have not been before. We drive, we turn, we drive, we turn, we turn around, we turn around again and he promises its just down the this street. I see the liquor store and thought we should just stop by and see whats going on there and perhaps ask for directions. okay okay…you got me, I wanted to see if they took credit cards so I could use my check card for a two-four of beer. Of course they do not, but we do have the exact amount of cash to get the beer, it was meant to be. We run over pick the pizza up on the card, pick the beer up using the cash and as I drive back Dave is cracking a Heiniken (non twist off) open with his key. As I glance over waiting for him to bend his key I hear the pop of the bottle opening and a flash fly out the window. I check the mirrors and dive to the side of the road, Dave looks over with a confused look to why we are stopping. “I can’t belive your key just flew out the window!!” to which he replies, “It did?” Classic. Dave attempts to use his Mensa skills and calculate the velocity we were traveling and the breaking speed with the trajectory of key out the window and begins his search. About 3 minutes later I find it about 15 yards further down the road in a patch of grass and dirt. It was pure luck. I still can’t believe we found it.Just an aside, another lucky find…after some pranks and jokes my flip fop ends up in some bushes, its dark, my flip flop is black and no way we are going to find it. Dave charges in, jumps into the bushes (that are a good 9 feet high) and shouts “found it!” as soon as he hits the foliage. I have no idea what the odds are that we find either of these items, but we did.