Friday was a good day to sit down in a not too noisy pub, buy a schooner of Guiness (15 fl ounces) - they didn't sell pints) and sit down with a cold beer while the Guiness settled. I didn't want to visit one of the faux Irish pubs, and the real ones in the Rocks would have been busy as well, so I found a quiet pub and was happy to sit, sip and read the paper. I knew I had to wait five minutes for the Guiness to settle and the to sip it like tea. That was the instruction from one of Todd Maffin's early podcasts - How to Drink Guiness. So I waited. While I waited I thought a little about Mary Ann. This tough lady, who in her early 20s, with her 12 year old brother to keep her company, along with a shipload of immigrants sailed half way round the world, looking for a better life for the two of them. I don't know what became of the brother, but I know Mary Ann married within a year and co-founded a dynasty which has lasted one hundred and fifty years, and which is still going strong.
Here's to you Mary Ann. I was thinking about you on St Pat's. I hope you're proud of the lot of us.