Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patrick's Day part deux.

I have written on St. Patrick's Day in the past on the appropriate beverages for consumption to celebrate, and you can read that here if you wish. However on the eve of the all important day in celebration of St. Patrick, I would like to address a very important issue: the treatment of little people as nothing more than leprechauns every March 17th.

You see, since I can remember, and from what I remember from many St. Patrick's Days of years past, I always remember seeing in live person or on television, instances in which the wee living Hobbits of our world are asked or paid or forced to dress in green and dance for us. We may even be able to get their lucky charms! But how much longer can we force these wee champions to withstand our requests to be entertained while we drink our livers to the end of the rainbow?

I'll tell you how much longer, until it no longer entertains us! What would St. Patrick's Day be without the joyous little people dressed in green and handing out pints of Guinness to all the revelers of this most joyous celebration of Irishmen, alcoholism, shamrocks, and the color green? It would be just another boring day at the bar where some tool who got his hands on a green Affliction t-shirt and a Miller Lite with green dye in it.

If we decide to get tired of midgets in leprechaun drag, then the douche's who drink green light beer win. As a man of Irish descent, and a man who enjoys many of Ireland's craft beers and whiskeys, I refuse to let another holiday succumb to dealing with the Jersey Shore cast at the bar with their green dyed beer. So this year, I decided to make the world know that we must support our little people in leprechaun drag, as I did at the Dash Down Greenville in Dallas this past weekend (see picture).

So until next time, be awesome and be proud of the green tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Law of Mardi Gras

Since today is Fat Tuesday, I thought I'd share some relevant Louisianan Law. Feel free to check the site. This is quite an enjoyable statute, unless of course you are injured by a flying missile of beads...

This is somewhat important for me to note, because while Captain Awesome won't be down there for Mardi Gras, he will be celebrating a bachelor party during the course of spring break, so I will be prepared for flying beads...

La. R.S. 9:2796 (2011)
§ 9:2796. Limitation of liability for loss connected with Mardi Gras parades and festivities; fair and festival parades

A. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no person shall have a cause of action against any krewe or organization, any group traditionally referred to as Courir de Mardi Gras, or any member thereof, which presents Mardi Gras parades, including traditional rural Mardi Gras parades, processions, or runs in which participants ride on horseback, march, walk, or ride on horse-drawn or motordrawn floats, or wheeled beds, or other parades, whether held on a public or private street or waterway, or in a building or other structure, or any combination thereof, connected with pre-Lenten festivities or the Holiday in Dixie Parade, or against any nonprofit organization chartered under the laws of this state, or any member thereof, which sponsors fairs or festivals that present parades or courirs, for any loss or damage caused by any member thereof, during or in conjunction with or related to the parades or courirs presented by such krewe or organization, unless said loss or damage was caused by the deliberate and wanton act or gross negligence of the krewe or organization, or any member thereof as the case may be, or unless said member was operating a motor vehicle within the parade or festival and was a compensated employee of the krewe, organization, or courir. The provisions of this Section shall not be intended to limit the liability of a compensated employee of such krewe or organization for his individual acts of negligence.

B. Any person who is attending or participating in one of the organized parades of floats or persons listed in Subsection A of this Section, when the parade begins and ends between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight of the same day, assumes the risk of being struck by any missile whatsoever which has been traditionally thrown, tossed, or hurled by members of the krewe or organization in such parades held prior to the effective date of this Section. The items shall include but are not limited to beads, cups, coconuts, and doubloons unless said loss or damage was caused by the deliberate and wanton act or gross negligence of said krewe or organization.