Green Rice

This morning I woke up and checked my email. After opening a message from 123Greetings.com, which informed me I had received a wedding anniversary e-card, I opened Firefox, curious to check it out. When did I get married? In the process, I noticed Google had posted a new iteration of its ever-evolving logo: it was green and featured a font-style I can only describe as gaelic. In any event, I suddenly realized that today was Saint Patrick’s Day.

A little later, I threw on a green shirt and a pair of jeans and headed over to the SURC building for breakfast. I helped myself to a bowl of Rice Krispies and a bowl of oatmeal; I got orange juice and a coffee as well, then went window-shopping for dessert. Lo and behold! I spied green Rice Krispies Treats! It’s been a while since Holmes offered Rice Krispies Treats, so I helped myself to two of them. My bulk-sized Christmas present from Costco—a huge box of brand-name Rice Krispies Treats—has been depleted for awhile now. It was high time to amend the situation.

A bit of green for St. Patrick’s Day.

As I enjoyed my bowl of Rice Krispies and munched on my Rice Krispies Treats, the concept of redundancy was not lost on me. Still, I ate without regret, and formulated an idea for an article. I’d like to eventually examine the history of Rice Krispies, as well as investigate the lives of Snap, Crackle, and Pop—those timeless poster boys for Kellogg’s classic puffed rice sensation. But, as it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to shift focus a little and deal with a different breakfast cereal (and its mascot). More on that in a moment.

Now, for those of you who know the story of Patrick the Saint, I won’t bother regurgitating it to you. Check Wikipedia if you’re among the ill-informed masses who think it’s just a day to get drunk and/or eat sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Mmm… mashed potatoes. No, seriously. Look it up! The historical Patrick accomplished quite a lot as a missionary to Ireland, and it’s a shame his story has been commercialized beyond the point of recognition.

On that note, I’d like to share about another famous individual whose work often goes unappreciated. He’s certainly no stranger to the spotlight, but his story is often overshadowed by the glamorous nature of the particular breakfast cereal he endorses. Without any further ado, I present my latest infotainment article, titled “The Charms of the Irish.” Click on the title to read it.

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