February 26, 2011

and credit to its inspiration…



Return to the Auld Sod–June/July 2010

February 20, 2011

Saltee IslandsWanted to throw up a brief note on our fantastic voyage back to Ireland in the Summer of 2010.  It was all about catching up with friends and family, giving the kids a chance to get some time with their cousins and spending time in Rosslare.  We managed to cover all 3 at the same time as Rosslare and the incredibly good weather managed to draw lots of folks down to the blissful south-east.  Beaches, barbecues, beers, a little bit of golf, stress free and in superlative company.

4th of JulyOne 24 hour period summed it all up – July 3rd, a beautiful day, spent the evening with a table full of cousins, other halves, some old Rosslare buddies and a few pint bottles of Bulmers, in the beer garden in Ryan’s O’ Rosslare (well Brady’s but it’s still Ryan’s to me) back home with the cousins for more beers and music, woke Ryan but he was as good as gold, somehow managed to get up and parent the kids next morning on about 2 hours sleep (Jackie at this point was back in Dublin on a girls night).  Weather looked a little sketchy but the hangover and clouds cleared at about the same time and we kicked off an impromptu b-b-q to celebrate 4th of July, glorious sunshine, cousins, friends, aunts and uncles, kids everywhere (cue Fresh Prince – Summertime), zipped up to the train station with the kids to meet Jackie and we returned to while away the hours in the back yard.  The b-b-q had about 4 separate sittings through the course of the day – it was like the feeding of the multitude but it was more like 25 people and we had ribs and chicken kabobs instead of fish and loaves.

We had a little bit of a torrid trip home thanks to Delta but we made lemonade by bringing the kids for a brief taste of Manhattan while we waited for our flight home.  Check out Jackie’s picture below.

Can’t wait to get back for a summer trip again…maybe 2012.

Here be a few more pictures.

Harry and NoahHarry on the StrandIn Sabrina's WoodCousins in Johnstown CastleCousins in Johnstown CastleTrain to WexfordRathaspeckCousins Road-TripSabrina's WoodJackie and The Naked Cowboy

Don’t know what you know…

February 15, 2011

… only know what you don’t know.  I’ve been a firm believer in that philosophy since I heard that phrase in a Bill Plympton interstitial on MTV about 17 years least I think that’s where I heard it.  I have not been able to surface a clip.  What reminded me of this was an OMG tweet today on something called the Dunning-Kruger effect.

These 2 great quotes explain it:

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge” – Charles Darwin

One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.” – Bertrand Russell

2010 – expurgated

February 6, 2011

PostaDay and even PostaWeek are probably beyond me but in 2011 I will endeavor to do better than PostaYear.  To avoid any confusing continuity errors here’s a brief recap of 2010:

Jan – Post-Christmas ice-capades


Feb – Winter Sports & Vancouver Olympics


Mar – San Diego

Paddy’s Day (I’ll never remember it), LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, Spring Break all wrapped up in an awesome (oh yes) vacation down in San Diego with the Sullivan clan.  The gaf had a pool and a hot-tub.  Nice bar 5 minutes away.  SeaWorld and Mission Bay 10 minutes away.



Apr – Harry and Ryan lament Ireland’s performance in the 6 Nations


May – Harry chases Butterflys. Lauren rehearses for the big show…


Jun – Jackie’s first Triathlon



Jul – Whidbey Island

Most of June and July were taken up with an extended trip home to Hibernia.  That deserves a separate post.  After getting back to the PNW we made our fist trip over to Whidbey Island.  I also managed my first hike of Mount Si and the kids joined me for Big Tree Loop




Mt Rainier as seen from Mt Si


Mt Rainier as seen just above my tired sweaty bonce.


Big Tree Loop

Aug – Boating, Camping etc.

Finally got our hands on a boat.  We also had a great trip up to Lake Wenatchee for some ‘cold-weather’ camping in the summer.  Harry attended his first Seahawks game.




Sep – Chelan and Mariners



Oct – Last of the boating, Rugby on Bainbridge Island, Ryan’s 1st Birthday, Oran’s wedding and Halloween







Nov – Thanksgiving Snow and Moustaches



Dec – Christmas, Lauren in the Nutcracker, Seahawks win the NFC



What a year.  Hope you had a great one too.  See you in 2011.

The French take to the streets…

February 4, 2011

…and set things on fire.   The Irish hang cheese on their doors.  Still a work of genius though.


Eamon Dunphy is my hero

February 2, 2011

Indo headline today – “Dunphy hits back at political analyst over ‘sexist, ageist attack’ on RTE”.

Hilarious stuff from the old rogue –

“BROADCASTER Eamon Dunphy has said he is still shocked by a "sexist and ageist attack" on him during a TV debate.

The 64-year-old and fellow journalist Fintan O’Toole appeared on RTE’s new TV debate show ‘The Eleventh Hour’ on Monday, alongside political analyst Elaine Byrne.

She turned on her fellow guests for abandoning plans for a new party, telling them: "This just looks like more middle-aged angry men, who are telling us what the world should look like and then, they talk the talk and don’t walk the walk."

Mr Dunphy said: "She did an Andy Gray on us. What she said was sexist and ageist. In Sky TV, that would be a sackable offence."

What a champ!