Thursday, March 17, 2011
Green, of course
I'd complain about what they do to fresh water around these parts on Saint Patrick's Day, but pouring a bunch of green dye in the river ain't the half of this particular waterway's story. I mean, it's been a dumping canal for the stockyards, and they managed to make it flow backwards, among other things.
I won't even start carping about that Asian fish. Given the holiday, I suppose I could start *harping,* but as I wouldn't be using a lyre, and likelihood of being lyrical is low, I'll skirt that harangue.
If I'm lucky, tomorrow I'll skirt around the hungover as well. So many "honorary Irish," so many green gills.
Yesterday, I took some batting practice for the wearin' o' the green. I put on Gap Grass lotion, then generously spritzed (two times! one arm!!) some Martin Mariegla Untitled. Guess what? Very nice.
That Martin Mariegla is an interesting creature; it manages to infuse galbanum--good old dry cool wind, hint of cigarette ash tray galbanum--with a vaguely resin-y sweetness that immediately said "add me to your green galbanum line-up, oh she who loves it so." And the pairing of it with Gap Grass made a sort of complimentary harmony, seeing as Gap Grass manages to sweeten up green grass without needing to cut it down and turn it into hay.
Yup, it was a very "nice" green. In the same way the "Irish Holiday" has been mangled into something that hyperfocuses on one story from an often turbulent a complex island, one story which has evolved into a vague tale of a sort of benevolent skinny Santa Claus who lifted his rood and walked all the snakes to the shore where they magically forever went away.
But--and here I raise my hand against the force of fierce edgy perfumistas--I do find that pleasantries are often, well, pleasant. Sometimes we need to sidle up to a challenge like galbanum, serve our dark brew with a dab of honey, put caramelized onions on the cooked bitter greens, whatever, to help adjust to the taste. I'm okay with that. I'd say that Untitled makes a good gateway galbanum drug.
And a fitting way to wear the green, happy cleaned up American style. You know, kind of like Saint Patrick used a shamrock to get across the idea of the holy trinity.
image of the Chicago River from Chicagoland Real Estate Forum