Monday, February 15, 2010


I've been to the States before, once, in the wake of a Leaving Cert full of unopened books and Pearl Jam-shaped distractions. New York and Boston, the former with family and the latter with friends on their J1 drinking visas.

I don't recall too much at a remove of thirteen years. Words like 'beer delivery,' 'Miller High Life,' 'Quincy Market' and 'a bar called Shenanigans' frame a foggy memory full of teenaged debauchery, faking our way past militant doorbodies.

I'm going back. Plans are nascent at this point but, following the arrival of my redundancy cheque after a slovenly seven months, it's looking like an early summer plane trip to the land of at least two of my readers.

A solo jaunt as soon as I finish lecturing is called for, I'll travel as light as the guide books and surplus charges will let me. All East Coast suggestions gratefully accepted and I'll promise to keep the head down, fitting in with ne'er a camera hanging below chest.


hope said...

So you and Susan are leaving Ireland in the hands of who? McDanger? Is he even still breathing?

Seriously, how far down the Eastern coast do you plan to drift?

Holemaster said...

I'm more of a west coast man myself. But there is a great little..... ah, I can't remember. It was Paddy's Day 1997.

Radge said...

Warm is the blood that courses through the veins of McDanger. I came face to face with him just yesterday.

Probably just New York and then Boston. I always wanted to do it as a legal drinker.

Holemaster - I could never expect you to remember the '90s.

McMuck and the Mystery of the Kuúgleflarg said...

You should run through JFK naked, munching on a burrito and slurping Guinness - shouting:

"I've packed explosives up my hairy Leprechauny arse and one fart will set them off."

Those wacky Americans will love your charming Irish wit and offer you loads of free stuff and probably sex.

Susan at Stony River said...

New York and Boston? Bleugh. I'd be heading South, me.

Outer banks of North Carolina maybe, beautiful but expensive in summer. Tennessee and West Virginia are my favourites by miles.

Depends -- it's a big country. So what do you want to do, what to see, what kind of experience? We're driving across it this summer; will probably all kill each other before Iowa.

Radge said...

I'm not going all 'Midnight Express' on account of a probably, Muck.

Susan - It's all very vague at the moment, I won't really know until I book the flights and I have to start planning it properly. Can only do a couple of weeks so the more leisurely environs of the South will have to wait, for now.

Therese Cox said...

NEW YORK FUCKING CITY. Where you can get a t-shirt that says NEW YORK FUCKING CITY.

Subtle we are not, but that was never the point, was it?

Glad to hear you're making good use of your funds, Radge. Though Susan's itinerary sounds luscious, too. (As for the homicidal-before-Iowa part - you might be all right for the first half. It's Nebraska I'd be most worried about.)

Radge said...


So many hidden meanings.

I'm planning on setting up my tent in Central Park, I hope they don't frown on that kind of thing.

Therese Cox said...

On the contrary. Jeanne-Claude and Christo draped the whole park in saffron tent-like material a few years ago and it was a hit.

Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw said...

Ah NYC.I'm a tad jealous.You should hit the west coast and pop over the border to Vancouver-I'll show you around!

Radge said...

Green of Eye - Careful what you wish for, I may never leave.

The Hangar Queen said...

Get your hole down to Washington or would you prefer we come and get you?

Radge said...

It's on the itinerary, but planning is not going as well as I'd hoped. Very fucking expensive, those New York hotels.