Pug Does the Emerald Isle - Conclusion

Mar 10th, 2007, 06:09 PM
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I think I'm outvoted, but I found the Pug Report tedious and very involved with self. Sorry.
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Mar 10th, 2007, 06:29 PM
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My husband worked as a reporter for the Herald Journal the three years we lived there. Every year they would have a "clam bake" for the employees. Wish I could remember the name of the place where they were held. But, anyway, salt potatoes were one of the highlights! They also had raw clams and steamed clams. It was very good and always a lot of fun.
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Mar 10th, 2007, 06:32 PM
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BTW, since you two are native Syracusans, I'm guessing you know that salt potatoes come from the fact that there are/were salt mines in the area? At least that's what I was told when we lived there.
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Mar 10th, 2007, 06:51 PM
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Loved your report...had some laughs, which are always welcome..Thank you for taking the time and sharing
Scarlett in Portland Oregon where it rained every day our first winter here..so I do understand how tiresome constant rain can be.
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Mar 10th, 2007, 07:18 PM
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To each his/her own, that's what I love about this forum- the diversity of the people and the writings, questions and opinions of all!

No, did not realize about the history of salt potatoes and after doing a quick google (of which there are alot of foodie forums that talk of them) I have just this moment realized just how localized they are!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_potatoes

BTW- moved with grandparents from Syr. in '87 after graduating and they chose to live in So. California, met DH, a born and bread CA boy not interested in driving snow filled winters!

pug- (sorry, did NOT really mean to turn this into a Syracuse thread) BUT, I must ask...are there still all kinds of field days every weekend in the summer? The food tents, the beer tents, the bingo tent and a few carny rides? Gawd- some of my summer memories growing up seem to be consumed with Field Days after Field Days!

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Mar 11th, 2007, 03:05 AM
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If someone found my sad, sorry tales of Irish woe to be tedious then I DID my job in invoking a feeling of utter hopelessness regarding "The Deluge" and the Rain God.

As to being "very involved in self" (whatever that means) -- some trip reports are of the dry variety (only speak of the good and safe topics, where people stayed what people saw) and some are of the more "personal" or I should say "selfish" variety.

Mine was selfish. Oh well, can't please them all.

As to field days in Syracuse every weekend -- there aren't as many as there were in the 80's. I guess people got sick of them being RAINED on half the time. ;-)
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Mar 12th, 2007, 02:04 AM
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I didn't find the review interesting and found it a bit whining. Perhaps the OP was tring to be funny. It didn't work.

Whatever time of the year you come to Ireland, you are almost guaranteed some rain.
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Mar 12th, 2007, 02:14 AM
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On average it rains in Ireland for 86 minutes per day on the east coast and 129 minutes on the west coast.The rain is usually but not always quite light.
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Mar 13th, 2007, 05:09 AM
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Yah! I get that it rains in Ireland, I am not a doofus (OK, some beg to differ).

BUT the third week of May 2006 WAS different. I wasn't going to post this link, but here it goes:


"THE West of Ireland experienced some of its worst summer weather in living memory last week as incessant rain poured down on the region, resulting in the cancellation of sporting fixtures and other events."

Even the Irish called it "The Deluge" -- looks like even they were whining about the rain.

Oh well, perhaps I am crazy and just imagined it all. ;-)
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Mar 13th, 2007, 02:12 PM
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No pug, you did not imagine it. I was there also and it was the wettest May in history. It's a shame you weren't there for the last week in May though as the weather turned glorious for that and the bank holiday weekend. Oddly, I was talking to a fellow at a golf course and he said last year they had weather that was approaching drought conditions by their vision. In other words, they had to water the greens.

I enjoyed your report and yes, your pain did come through. Hiking Croagh Patrick was probably a pretty bad idea. It's hard to enjoy Ireland in bad weather, especially for a 1st time visitor because they want to see so much. It's not a country with lots of great museums and if you are into walking, well, you're probably going to get wet. Really though, the sun does shine there ... sometimes.

Though youmay never go back, you'll at least have some fabulous stories of pain and torture to tell for years to come.

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Mar 13th, 2007, 03:24 PM
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Whilst you and Bill "enjoyed" the wettest May on record, I was favored with the hottest July on record for the past one hundred years last summer. I would have definitely appreciated a good soaking, as most places in Ireland are not set up for 80 degree days. I, who had packed the light winter gear I only get to wear in Ireland, was also not prepared.

Pug, I am sorry that some have panned your report. I didn't find it too whiny just matter of fact. I was surprised to read that you found Connemara full of tourists, as I have been there in mid July and found just the opposite. I hope that your next trip over brings better weather.

Its good to have you back on the boards, Bill! Welcome home!

Slan Go Foill,

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Mar 13th, 2007, 04:08 PM
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I was actually a bit surprised that she found the Connemara roads to be the worst in Ireland. The N59, by Irish standards is a fabulous road which is what I would guess one would take to Clifden. Perhaps a back road instead.

I must say, it was a bit different and almost refreshing to hear someone complain about their trip.

It's good to be back. Maybe I need to read a fashion thread to change my mind.

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Mar 13th, 2007, 06:22 PM
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I enjoyed Pug's report, and didn't think it was whiney. She suffered particularly bad luck with the weather, and it was a major element of her trip. What's she supposed to do? Say she loved the rain? Clearly she didn't, and I think she made the best of it by laughing at her misfortune.

To those who posted negative comments, I would say that you do the board a disservice. Trip reports are enjoyable reading and are often useful. You are not required to read them, just as you probably do not read every story in a newspaper or article in a magazine. If you don't like something, pass by. If people fear that they are going to be subject to negative judgements, they might hold back from writing and posting reports, and the board would be poorer for it.
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