Here’s a few snippets from around Kansas City this last while.
It’s of people you know, and people you don’t know, going to places that have an Irish tinge through one way or another.
After selecting produce from area growers (I feel for their disgruntled teenaged progeny who seem desperate to escape the farm), many people choose to relax in a shaded courtyard. Eddie Delahunt and a couple friends performed on a recent Saturday morning.
The Irish dance on the table dressed to kill and tapping away on the table in an effortless manner. She made the dance seem so simple and graceful. Most of my group members were very impressed. Eric grabbed me to dance however my shoes were limiting so were his. We both took off our shoes and dance to our heart’s desire before we were sparingly advised to put our shoes back on.
Many of the songs would be expected: Beatles covers, traditional Irish instrumentals, Neal Diamond. But what caught me off guard was a most impressive version of Metallica’s One. It was a bit abstract but outstanding, consisting of only the drummer and violinist. The Zelda/Mario Bros. medly was an obvious fan favorite. This is the stuff that beer drinking was meant for.
• Republican candidates for Governor went to O’Dowd’s of Zona Rosa:
“Growing up, I was taught you work hard, pray often and help your neighbor in need,” Hulshof said.
The crowd, which overflowed a room at O’Dowd’s Irish pub in Zona Rosa, ate it up.
The audience listened politely as Steelman described her ideas for attracting an oil refinery to Missouri to help lower the cost of gas. They had little reaction to her newfound opposition to Missouri’s requirement that most gas contain 10 percent ethanol.
• And McCain went to Kansas City to touch wood and build up on the luck of his Irish ancestry:
(McCain is of Irish descent. According to lore, the Irish have always had a thing about coins - If a coin is heads up, it’s lucky. If it is tails up, the poor should get it. I wonder if the poor get the bad luck, too?)
McCain’s superstitions are spreading. Starting in one of his stops in Kansas City, his staffers began knocking on wood along with McCain