St. Paddy's Day brings back a memory from almost 35 years ago when I lived in Richmond for a year attending school. Two famous stores back in those days were Thalhimers and Miller & Rhodes; they have since closed their doors as most downtown Richmond stores have moved out to the malls. A shame.
But one of the store owners (and I can't remember which store it was) would always dress in a bright green suit on St. Patrick's Day and ride the escalator up and down to the different floors giving out "greenbacks" to any customers he ran across.
I went downtown that year trying to be in the right place at the right time to grab one of those bills he so willingly gave away. Funny how I still remember the generosity of that man, and I didn't even come away with anything. ~Deb
Anyone know how the St. Patrick's Day tradition of pinching people who don't wear green got started? I certainly don't have a clue. Certain persons *cough* in our family love to wear green today, but I'm not one of them. I guess you can call me a St. Patrick Scrooge! Looks like I'm doomed to lots of pinching today. :) But I will be serenading the family with some Irish music. ~Jonathan
Does anyone else have Irish ancestry? Dad's mom was Irish and his dad 1/2 Irish. On my mom's side all I know is there's English, Irish, and Scottish somewhere in the family. It would be interesting to find out more about my family. ~Sarah