Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."
- Albert Einstein

Brave Souls Date Writers

People who date writers are brave, for they know that before, during, and after a relationship they can be exposed in a future story. Or in most cases today, on blogs, digital diaries, or social media networks.

Anyone ever see Sex and the City? Each episode consists of Carrie Bradshaw writing relationship articles filled with sex talk and lessons learned. The most appropriate episode to mention here is “Politically Erect,” where Carrie dates a politician and he eventually tells her that he gets off when women pee on him.

Carrie does everything she possibly can to avoid having to do this and eventually tells him that it’s something she is not willing to do … ever. The politician gently breaks up with her as though it was not because she embarrassed him by refusing to take part in his fantasy but because his campaign said it wasn’t such a good idea to date a sex columnist so close to the election. So what does Carrie do? She publishes an article right before the election, titled To Pee or Not to Pee, That Is the Question.

See what I mean? The man knew she wrote about relationships for a living. I mean, come on, man! Fortunately, I’ve never come across a situation like that, however, in any relationship there are always little secrets that make for an interesting, and oftentimes amusing, story after a relationship ends.

Luckily for my exes, I am respectful enough to save them for my fiction stories.

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy."
- William Butler Yeats

Sláinte!

I have never loved the Irish more! There I was, bathing in inspiration from artists at the Oshkosh Irish 2013 Festival with performances by Dublin 5 and Gaelic Storm.

Awesome Saucem!

Photo courtesy of Jeanette Merten for the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper.

Photo courtesy of Jeanette Merten for the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper.

I met up with a family I’ve known since junior high school and they helped me get a great spot for the shows. I was the first one to catch the green beads Dublin 5 tossed and my friend’s dad gave me the T-shirt he caught from Gaelic Storm. I can’t remember the last time I went to a concert, and it was definitely my first time at an Irish concert.

Kiana Weber and Pete Purvis of Gaelic Storm in an instrument battle at Oshkosh Irish Fest 2013.

Kiana Weber and Pete Purvis of Gaelic Storm in an instrument battle at Oshkosh Irish Fest 2013.

I was slightly obsessed with the two female fiddlers.

Jenn Garmen plays the fiddle for Dublin 5, formerly The Rovers, at Oshkosh Irish Fest.

Jenn Garmen plays the fiddle for Dublin 5, formerly The Rovers, at Oshkosh Irish Fest.

After this first experience, I plan to make this a yearly event. Small bands consisting of guitar, bass, and drums only will never be the same for me after all the unique instruments I heard that night!

Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger on the bodhráns and Ryan Lacey on (possibly some form of) the Cajón.

Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger on the bodhráns and Ryan Lacey on (possibly some form of) the Cajón.

My favorite Gaelic Storm song so far:

And then there’s this classic they did from Titanic:

Cheers!