Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Ok … just who is this St.Patrick guy? He was born in 385AD and died in 461AD in Ireland. He was a shepherd who found God and eventually became a priest. He was a major player in bringing Christianity to Ireland and converted thousands to the faith. Because of that fact, the Catholic Church made March 17 (the day he died) a holiday. It’s such a holiday that Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for today! The shamrock is important because the 3-leaves were used by St. Patty to explain the Holy Trinity (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit). The color green was adopted in the 1700′s by a group called “The Friendly Brothers of St.Patrick” and has symbolized the holiday ever-since. Many cities around the world celebrate the holiday with parades, festivals and parties. This is especially true in the USA with parades in New York and Chicago. Erin Go Braugh!
March Madness starts this week and that means lousy worker productivity across the USA. According to the firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, companies can expect to lose $1.2-billion for every hour Thursday and Friday this week due to the basketball games. Over 50-million Americans participate in March Madness Pools. It is also a day were numerous people call in sick or take vacation days.
If you visit Colorado and don’t live in the state, can you purchase pot? The answer to that question is yes as long as you are 21 years of age and have a legal ID. Residents can buy up to one ounce of legalized marijuana at one time but non-residents are restricted to one-quarter of an ounce. Oh yeah, the cost is between $300 and $400 an ounce. Legal pot has been sold in the “Mile-High” state since January.
Tonight “Dancing With The Stars” starts its 18th season tonight. DWTS started back in 2005 and has aired more than 300 episodes! Erin Andrews joins Tom Bergeron and they will host the program. The show has also cut back on the band (I huge disappointment to me as I thought the band was fantastic) and has a great cast of stars once again featuring Olympic Gold medal winners Meryl Davis and Charlie White, actor/show host Drew Carey, teen pop star Cody Simpson, hockey player Sean Avery and reality star Nene Leakes (to name a few). The show airs on ABC tonight at 8:00pm.
Last but not least …… Do we really need the penny? In 2013, the cost of producing a penny cost 1.8 cents, nearly twice its face value. The cost to make a nickel is 9.4 cents. The US Mint lost $105-million last year making these coins …… The US Embassy said that they delivered 100 Hellfire missiles to Iraq along with assault rifles and ammo as part of the anti-terrorism assistance program …… Birthday wishes go out to actor Kurt Russell who turns 63 and Smashing Punkins lead singer Billy Corgan who turns 47 today. Happy St. Patricks Day …. please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive!