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Monday, 20 Mar 2006

Location: County Bondi Sydney!, Australia

LA FHEILE PADRAIG and all that malarkey!!!! ;o)

ok Paddy's weekend....where do i begin....the start i suppose!!!! Friday was Paddy's day, and not being in Ireland for a change, we had to work or take it off as hols, so we decided to all be good for a change, and went to work. all except Keith whos contract finished a week ago, so he decided to go drinking for the day!!!
Our morning started off with the whole family up at an ungodly hour, like 7 or summat, and we were up in the Cock n Bull then for our "genuine" Irish Breakfast at 8 on the button. For 15 dollars you got a breakfast, a pint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and a class Paddy's day T-Shirt with "who's your paddy" and the cock n bull logo on it!! .....loving it!!! Free Stuf!!!! you can't beat it with a big stick!!! :o)
so after the pint 8a.m., off Liz and John toddled into
work, leaving the others behind cos they werent starting til half 10, and as we were leaving, they were tucking into a voddie and redbull, courtesy of Ashley, the lads friend from Leitrim!!! sickened i was!!!
So of we went into the ofice with big depressed head on us, and me luminous in my Roscommon Jersey that day!! It was casual friday, so we can wear jeans and stuff to work, so me in my jeans runners and rosc jersey, as if i was heading to a match or summat, the little blue and yellow ros plaits round my wrists, all patriotic... in yellow - only cos id never brought an ireland top with me!! Getting off the train in central station and walking over to the ofice, i saw a sea of yellow in front of me, ....well ok. it wasn't a sea, more like a little puddle, but anyhow it was yellow, and as i drew closer it was 4 boys in Roscommon jerseys too!! ....and anyone who knows roscommon knows that its not a regular ocurrence anywhere, let alone Sydney, let me tell you!!!!! the last time i saw so many roscommon jerseys in one place was when we won the connacht final in 2001!! ;o) So especially as i had mine on too, we all decided to stop for a wee chat for a while, finding out who the other was, and where we're all from and the likes!! ..this of course making me even later for work, but i didnt care, i was the honorary ofice leprechaun for the day, so obviously had special privileges like being late, and stuff and stuff!!!!!!

so anyhow, i was working til 4.30 friday, and Keith who was on the pish for the WHOLE day with Ashley since 8 that morning was texting with regular updates on how drunk they were getting and how many people were there, and how great it was, and and and and ....i was getting worse and worse..more in need of drink than ever, and the fecker knew i was mad for road, so wouldnt give up texting all day!! :o( but anyhow to make ourselves
feel better, Cat, Enda, myself and their friend from work, Jenny went for a few quiet ones at lunchtime... half an hour later we were flaming ...ya they only give us half hour lunch here!!! How can you do anything like get drunk in half an we decided to put them to the test, we decided to see just
how many voddies we could stuff into our little selves in 25 mins,
giving myself 5 mins to run there and back..timed to perfection it
was...... and lizzy was flaming!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loving it! Loving it!!
loving it!!!

After those drinkie poos i SO didn't want2 go back, but alas i did, and can you picture the sight it made..... me walkng, or more like waddling up the street, half rotten cos we decided drink was more important than food for this lunchtime and seeing as it was Paddy's day, courtesy of Paddy Maguires pub, we each of the girls had a little bunch of helium filled balloons...a mixture of green white and orange ones. I had mine tied together and looped thru my belt loops at the back!! (so nobody would see them of course!!) .....and there i was marching through the streets looking like this, and then marching into the head office of the department of Commerce with them still with me, and obviously i was complately oblivious to the fact that i was probably the star atraction there, in my luminous top with these balloons hanging out of me, especially with all the other people there in their power suits and the lkes...the security guards nearly looked
shocked when i showed my security pass, to prove i actually AM supposed to be there!!! so after i went through the security checks and had a wee chat to the guys there,into the lifts and up to the office with me and in the door. on my way out of the lift, theres a bit of a step, and normally i remember it, but not friday, i nearly tripped and half went flying out the doors, only to see the general manager person guy thing, (ie the dude in the big office) in front of me ...least he's pure sound, cos otherwise i could have been in a little bit of trouble!! :o)

The girls, thankfully, were as bad as me though, and had their balloons too, but there was 3 of them coming back to their office together, and they wouldnt look as bad, but i was on me todd headin away up the street, and in on my own! What harm!!! ;o)
I think they think im half daft anyhow so they dint pass too much heed to me!! :o)
I was nicely kept going for the afternoon then, and once i saw the
clock creep to 4.30 i was out the gap before my chair stopped

First stop Cock N Bull,and the place was hopping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i met Linda on the way in and we joined into the madness, everyone was rotten already and it was only 5! Keiths updates had been getting more frequent as he knew we were nearing our days end in work, so we were raring for road!! A swift change into my Whos your paddy tshirt in the loo's in the office before i left, and i was ready for action!! We landed in the c'n'b and started into the drinking, Cat and Enda were finished at 6.30 so were in to us by 7, and the rest of the boys were in by then too, so there was a great crowd of us!!! ...ths music was hopping, all irish sessions, and everyone going round wearing either the ever-so-trendy-and-original "Who's Your Paddy" t-shirt or their own green concoction!!

To see us, you would think we had never heard an irish song before in our lives, because the place was going MAD!!!!!! The atmosphere was brilliant, and everyone in such great form!
-getting into the paddys day spirit...mainly vodka's!!! ;o)
Them's irish dancing legs were a hopping when the diddleye-eye music started, and we were lepping and hopping about with the best of them!! If anyone half sober was looking on at the crowds, they'd have us committed or something!! Our little family was a lovely sight...Linda and John were the only half decent looking ones of us with their green tops,. and none of the acoutrements hanging out of them! ... myself and Cat had "borrowed" big huge luminous feather boa's in green white and gold and had them hanging of of us,and cat had huge shamrock glasses hanging out of her aswell, i "found" one of those cool huge furry top hats on the back of the seat we were at, and the 5 second rule kicked in so it was mine from then on in, and Keith had one of those aussie-type hats with the corks hanging out of it, only instead of corks, there were little guinness pints, and underneath the hat, he had a very fetching green curly wig! Enda was running round like a mad thing trying to take someones hat but kept getting caught, every time he came back to where we were, he had a new hat on him, and someone coming running after him to get their hat back!!

There was a few drunken attempts at ceili dancing, and a bit of the old irish damhsa going on... on top of the tables! ..not a strange occurrence in the cock n bull at all at all!! ...the maori bouncers were even in on the craic, they had their green shamrocks painted to their faces, and reen wigs and the of them has a mad afro, and dyed it green for the occasion!!!!
after a while we decided to take our little circus on to the t-gardens, and made our way up the street and piled on in, lepping and hopping our way through the crowds!!! Oh sure we were the
life and soul of the party, doing jigs around the middle of the floor
alon with everyone else.... the ozzies there were looking at all the
irish people going mad as if they had never seen hundreds of people dressed in green and lepping about saying "to be sure to be sure" before in their lives!!!! ...oh we were the real deal alright!!! ;o)
Eventually the crowds dwindled away, and the diehards were left at the end of the night, heading for the courthouse. Never one to forego a session, i said i would catch up to them, and not half an hour later, i saw 3 drowned rats crawling...yes crawling across the footpath towards me, trying to look discreet and blend in with the scenery so i wouldnt see them was Keith, John and Ashley, the 3 who i was on my way to meet in the courthouse!!! ....apparently they had decided to go for a
dip in the fountains outside the courthouse, and then were surprised when they werent let in soaking wet! :o)
Later on, Keith realised that in one of his sliding tackles of the
other 2 inside in the fountain, mobile in his back pocket he'd heard a crack but passed no heed to it, and after they got home, he reached into his pocket to find his mobile in pieces!!
....another casualty of the day!! ....he'd brought his BRAND NEW digital camera to the pub with him that morning at 8am, and over the course of the day, it had ended up in the bottom of a pint glass.... full of beer!!
So off home with us by then, i had to take my 2 bedraggled housemates home!! and as has become "family" tradition, everyone piles into our bed at the end of the night, just cos its bigger!! Cat was already there, Linda had been there but moved, John soaked, fell in between Cat and me, then Enda woke up and came bounding in to find out the craic from the rest of the night, and then he and Keith launched themselves in aswell!! is not as if its a big bed or owt, but they still land in!! By the time we got to sleep, there was myself and Cat at either side of the bed and John and Keith betwen us, with Keith sleeping ON John! very close family we are indeed!! :oS

Anyhow, that was paddys day, the abridged version, and so Sat morning came and we were all up bright eyed and bushy tailed. self Cat and Keith. :o) 12 oclock and we were just toppin off the
alcohol levels form the night before. :o) Cat got a fit of weakness and had to go home again to bed for a few hours, an the 3 of us stayed out!! go me!
Later on everyone else came up to us, and there the madness started again!! Another messy one!! ;o) WooHoo!!
Next day, sunday, was the paddys day parade, and we all went into that. its weird to be sitting out sunning yourself the day after paddys and getting tanned in the process!!! :o) that nght we were out again, and me with no voice, my laringitis had kicked in, so i wasnt really much use with the hopping and lepping so i was home tucked up in my leaba for half 11, and the rest home before 1, all wrecked from the wekend!!!

all self inflicted, but worth it!!

Now we're all saving ourselves for next weekend, we hitting for melbourne to the grand prix, so it'll be another weekend of madness with Chris i reckon!!
He's planning a MAD weekend for us, with lots of fun stuf, and lots of drinking too no doubt id say!!!
Bring it on!!!!!!