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Happy St.Patricks Day...Don't forget your teeth!!

Oh St. Patricks Day. It's a day when everyone becomes Irish despite their actual descent, donning green clothing and downing Irish Car Bombs, Irish Whiskey galore...and basically anything alcoholic. It is a drinking holiday for certain. I recall one St. Patricks Day many years ago at a popular bar in Palm Springs named Flahertys. Perhaps some of you remember it. It was a cool hangout on the corner of Indian and Ramon, easily found by the 1950's style state trooper car that was permanently parked on the bars drive.

So there I am, with a group of friends in the middle of the day ready to party like a crazed leprechaun. We walk in, and the bar is wall to wall people. The cliental at Flahertys was a nice melange of old, young and middle aged people, which gave the bar a well rounded appeal. But as I have found to be true in most bars, the earlier you go, the older the crowd. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that many of those of a certain age go to bed early, hence getting up early, hence partying earlier. This was definetly the case on this day. We walked in and surveyed the joint for a spot to hunker down and drink like Irish farm workers off from a long day on the fields. There wasn't any such spot to sit on. We noticed that the two pool tables were not being utilized for their intended sporty nature, but rather as extended seating. So without hesitation we found a good green lip to rest on between two corner pockets. Mind you, we have yet to order a drop of alcohol.

We were discussing which one of us would get up and swim through the crowd to get to the bar and grab us some pints, when all of a sudden I leaned back putting my hand on the flat part of the pool table and felt something a little strange...a bit moist even. It was not a beer soaked eight ball, but rather someones dentures. Yes, someone apparently got so into the holiday that they forgot their teeth.

I can see how that could happen actually. You're there, laughing it up with your friends and BOOM..your teeth pop could happen, and obviously did. After the disgust from touching a total strangers teeth faded, I went to the bar, retrieved several, and I do mean several napkins, and brought the teeth to the bartender. I joking said, "I think someone forgot these.....most certainly will be calling to pick them up". The bartender laughed, then cringed at the relay...the teeth were in his hands now, literally.

The rest of the day went on like most St. Patricks Days...and of course the teeth jokes never ended. I just hope that they got back to the rightful owner. It must have been quite the humbling phone call. 

So on this St. Patricks Day, drink lots of green beer, sing Irish songs, laugh and dance. But for goodness sakes, don't forget your teeth!!

Zombies Invade Palm Springs!!

It's Halloween eve, and you see some people that...well, don't really look like people at all. Perhaps they are a little pailer than the locals (Canadians?)...perhaps they have had one too many at the Village Pub. Or could it be that they are...ZOMBIES!! Yes, it will that latter of the options it you are on Palm Canyon Thursday, October 30th during Village Fest. But don't get too freaked out! Most likely it's your neighbors participating in the 4th Annual Palm Srings Zombie Walk. The annual event has attracted would be zombies to downtown Palm Springs for the last four years. The event gives those with a more chase life the ability to let loose and scare the crap of tourists and locals alike..and seriously, what could be more fun!!

The event starts at 6pm at a booth off Baristo and Palm Canyon where zombie wannabes can have their makeup done. All proceeds benefit the Safe House of the Desert...a seiously formatable charity which deals with kids in need and also focuses in human trafficking. And believe it or not, is a growing concern even here in the Coachella Valley, which is the true fright well beyond the prospect of a zombie invation.

The actual walk starts at 7pm and there are some perameters which are listed on their website.

I personally was watching a program on the History Channel that hightlighted the whole zombie phenomenom....I suggest checking it out if you really don't feel like sleeping. But if you just want to be in denial about the whole thing and have some fun...go down to the Village Fest Thursday, October 30th and get your zombie on. It's for a great cause and truly mindless....but don't worry about losing your mind, because  you'll be dining on some brains will get it back. Happy Halloween!!

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