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Rainy gray Saint Paddy's Day

Out to the river on Saint Paddy's Day in Ireland

For the last few years that I lived in Ireland, a friend and I would grab some "flagons" (two-liter plastic bottles) of cider on St. Paddy's Day. We'd hike the hell away from town and light a campfire beside the river.

There, we could smoke hash, drink, fish, talk, and keep the fire going until late. Most of it was legal — the 17th of March is the first day of the fishing season.

It was great. We did that three out of the last four years I was there. Saint Patrick's Day will never again be that good.