charmed by the misdeed;

is it defiance or play?

a glimmer of both.

This caught my eye last weekend and gave me a giggle.  For a moment one might think it means no bikes allowed on the grass over the wall.  But seriously, it’s obvious.  Getting a bike to the other side is way easier said than done; the wall does a good job of not allowing access to the other side other than by foot.  Besides, a glance across the street at the row of bike racks and it’s pretty clear what’s intended.

Ti Joe Watty’s is one of four pubs here on the island where the ‘craic’ can be found most any night of the week from the start of May through the end of August.

What’s the craic, you may be asking?  Well, my just now Googled search reveals an astounding ‘About 3,270,000 results‘.   Though pronounced as the word crack and listed as a derivative of the same, it seems to have metamorphosed from ‘Old English cracian ‘make an explosive noise’; of Germanic origin’ to ‘Irish craic ‘entertaining conversation’.

More simply put, it’s a highly recognized Irish turn of phrase and when you find it, you know it.  While the craic has an intangible presence, it’s often described as mighty.  It’s fun, lively conversation, wonderful company, and most likely includes music with the options of food and alcohol.  I’ve had the craic over dinner and tea with girlfriends.  It’s about the buzz, the energy, the socializing, and the esprit.

‘S’craic?’ (what I hear whenever someone asks me ‘what’s/where’s the craic’)  can mean anything including how are you, what’s up, any news, or where’s the fun.   It’s asked so often that an outsider might wonder if many had a hard drug problem.  But, no worries, it’s always used in a most innocent way.

Anyhoo, I thought the photo subject was unserious and irresponsible enough to fit this week’s photo word ‘frivolous’.  Its proximity to the pub allowed a nice segue from my ‘frivolous’ photo to a bit of lighthearted Irish vernacular, hence, more frivolity (though possibly useful?).

*As frivolous has such a broad definition, the point must be made clear that the craic, while all about the fun and carefree amusement, is far from vapid or shallow.   It’s more happy-go-lucky than devil-may-care.  Know what I mean?

Thanks again to Ron for the haiku words, ‘magic (charm) & glimmer’.  Ron has recently published his first novel, Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling, The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales, which I found to be a thrilling read and gave a 5-star review.  But don’t just take my word for it…check out his book and what other reviewers had to say here on Amazon.com.

Cheers, Melissa Xx



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