Irish eyes are smiling and here’s why

Today I’m going to dispel some of the myths of the Irish who once upon a time over a thousand years ago, fled Europe, from the Scandinavian peninsulas and from the Germanic regions, and then still later, from the British. Well, how did you guess? Most of you have, like me, seen dozens of movies in which hard-working Irishmen, over the centuries, have been cruelly mistreated by their colonial overlords on the British Isles.

There’s one myth well worth exploring about the Emerald Isles. Those of you who have an interest in Irish culture and, like me, their heritage, may want to explore this, and then leave a comment or two to either dispel or support this legend. Other than that I’m not going to say another word on this, apart from what you’re about to read here.

The legend of Patrick

Most devout Irish Catholics, and many more still who, perceptively enlightened, no longer go to church on Sundays, may be able to enthusiastically wax lyrical about this masterful tale, something for which old Irish codgers had been famous for telling. Some still do it.  Now, have you ever wondered why there’s not a single snake, symbolic of Satan in the Garden of Eden, on the island? The story goes that when St. Patrick first made his way over to Ireland, once landed and in a fit of anger, drove all the snakes into the sea, never to return again. He bypassed the Scottish Hebrides for some reason or another which is why, I suppose, the Loch Ness monster still swims about peacefully in his great lake.

Going to country fairs, even in the urban cultural centers of Galway and the nation’s capital, Dublin, is still very much a tradition, so much so that folks, young and old, and from all walks of life will be visiting a fair at least once every other month. One reviewer at the Pole Saw Report seems to believe that this preoccupation belongs in a bygone era. He couldn’t be more wrong.

Trust the Irish

And at these legendary fairs doth the drunken Irish tag along. Now that’s a myth if ever there was one. Yes, it’s true to say there was the drunken Irish, but in order to overcome their hardships, they had the perfect excuse to drown in their sorrows and for ever more wonder what the heck was meant by the next myth of the luck of the Irish.

Today’s Irish, having learnt good habits from their forefathers, are a resourceful lot. Unlike the Greeks who are still spending money like there’s no tomorrow and like it grows on trees, yet another myth, the Irish overcame austerity measures, bit the bullet and pulled their weight, so much so that now Ireland has one of the fastest growing economies of the Western world and just about every second major multinational company known to mankind wants to invest their shareholders’ dollars there. Perhaps one should be saying instead; trust the Irish.

All You Need to Know About Door Handles

All You Need to Know About Door HandlesHi guys! Well, I recently got a pretty nice gig – photographing door handles. I had to get the perfect door handle photo so, naturally, I wanted to do some digging into door handles and their types. Here’s what I found!

Door handles are protruding devices attached to door frames as a mechanism of opening and closing the door. They can either be just fixed holding objects to push and pull the door or be connected to the door lock for the purpose of latching and unlatching the lock to open and close the door. Nothing new so far, right?

But, did you know that the use of a door handle has evolved over the years from simple door holding object to an important house decoration object; they can be made out of a variety of materials (such as cut glass, wood, brass, steel, porcelain, Victorian bronze just to name a few) to complement the general appearance of the building. Throughout the week, I suddenly started noticing door handles everywhere – taking my newspapaer, notice my neighbors handle; working out on my these awesome power racks – notice the garage door handle, etc.  So, if you’re asking yourselves by now, what are these various types of handles, well…

Some of the most common types are:

  1. Door levers –usually shaped as stick-like curved protruding handles mainly intended for unlatching the door lock’s primary latch when the lock is not closed using a key.
  2. Flush pull handles-these handles are found on sliding glass doors and are mainly used to pull the doors apart.
  3. Car door handles-these are found on vehicle doors, most of the recent car models do not have keyed door handles but most of the old vehicle designs had door handles with key holes in them. I got some nice shots of those yesterday. Sweet!
  4. Door knobs- These are cylindrical shaped door handles attached onto a door as a means of opening and closing the door. Door knobs can take various shapes such as round shaped, egg shaped and many others. They are made from various materials such as stained glass, stainless steel, vintage iron, polished chrome, polished nickel or even simple wood. I like these the best and I got the best photos out of them right after I did my daily routine on my crazy power racks from http://garagegymlife.com/

That’s what I learned about their types. Now, I also did some research into their usage – it’s all pretty basic stuff but here it is anyway:

  • Keyed entrance door knobs

All You Need to Know About Door HandlesThese are used on exterior doors, mainly because they are lockable with keys hence good for securing houses, they can be also used on interior doors especially ones with valuable contents behind them.

  • Privacy and bath door knobs

These knobs are designed in such a way that they can lock the door lock when twisted from the inside only and do not necessarily require keys. They can be used on bedroom doors, bathrooms or in any other room that requires privacy.

  • Dummy knobs

They are usually one sided knobs without a lock since they are only meant for the purpose of handling the door and not locking it. Mostly they are found on kitchen cabinet doors and clothing closet doors, however they can also be found on exterior doors especially those of large halls.

Fun Things That You Can Do By Yourself

Fun Things That You Can Do By YourselfHey guys, so it has been a while since I got the opportunity to hang out by myself and I found that such a scenario can cause quite a dilemma for individuals who are more or less used to having company around for everything apart from  sleeping.

It is easy to get bored when one finds that all their friends for one or another are unavailable and thus they have no choice but to keep to themselves or maybe go hang out with total strangers. The latter is not quite advisable due to safety and security concerns and thus a better alternative would be finding activities that one is able to do on their own. This is a conundrum that has especially been faced by individuals who for example have lived with someone all their lives and all of a sudden find themselves in an empty apartment with regard to other people once they decide that it is time to branch out on their own.

Being alone is not quite such a bad thing as some would think and it is quite easy for an individual to make the best out of the situation without breaking a sweat. In fact one might find the concept of hanging out on their own for extended periods of time a looming idea but end up getting so used to it that they have to be driven out of the house to join other people for some fun in the long run. The reason for this is simple, just because one is alone does not mean that they are not able to have some fun.

As a matter of fact it can be argued that one might actually be able to have more fun as they are solely in charge of deciding what activity they want to take part in and do not have to be dragged along to some place they would rather not go because of a majority vote against their favor. Granted no man is an island but spending time on one’s own is not such a bad thing either.

There are a number of things that an individual is able to do when they are on their own and the trick is in finding the right thing to do. In this case the right thing can be identified by the potential level of enjoyment that one is able to experience during the activity. Some of the activities that are available for someone to do should they find themselves alone on a particular day or night can include:

  1. Catching Up with Chores

Doing the chores can be a hard task to accomplish with people around to distract them. One can forget to do certain items on the list such as adding the water softener (I usually find great ones at http://watersoftenerland.com) or doing the dishes when they are busy enjoying a story being narrated by a friend. Being alone allows one the opportunity to catch up on such activities.

  1. Reading

It is extremely hard to finish a book if people keep interrupting you midway. Being alone allows one to finally finish that book that they started reading around a decade ago, in most cases the story will still be interesting if the movie hasn’t come out yet.

Fun Things To Do During Your Free Time

Fun Things To Do During Your Free TimeAt one point in my life, I found myself with too much free time. The need to fill your free time with fun activities is one that is often overlooked with the introduction of new technology that simply requires the touch of a button to get things done. Most people belonging to the older generation have a tendency of talking about how things have changed over the years with today’s youth more prone to staying indoors than going outside for fun time activities.

The introduction of computer and video games has led to a culture of in-house activities that rarely require any amount of energy during participation. I don’t know about you, but I kind of prefer outdoorsy stuff. As great as these tech things may sound to a number of people there is a need to reinforce the objective of actual activities that require a level of face to face interaction to achieve so as to maintain the social culture that is slowly dwindling around the globe.

Most people know each other or know of each other via the various social media that they use and rarely get a chance to meet in person. Sadly, this is not due to any physical barriers but the development of a mentality that has made the concept of going outside to have a good time foreign to a majority of people. Even one leaves the house, it is usually to head to another location where they intend to spend their time and thus can still be considered to be an in-house activity. Couples may consider going out for dinner as one fun activity that does not require a regular supply of quality protein powder for women but still ranks as an “outside activity”.

Individuals rarely get the chance to commune with nature on a daily basis and it is essential to promote activities that still offer such opportunities for those who participate in them. Going outside may seem like a primordial means of operation but it holds its advantages as well. One major advantage is the practical lessons that an individual is able to learn from their time outside. Very few people for example nowadays are able to identify the different types of plants found in their environment, nor rank them according to their danger levels. A person can unknowingly walk into a shrub of poison ivy which was previously one of the more easily identified plants by children in areas where the plant was rampant. People are more interested in looking up subjects online or interacting with one another on a virtual platform that leaves no room for a personal connection.

I would like to note that activities held outside hold more health benefits than staring at a screen the whole day and one should try and go out for an event every now and then in a bid to improve their overall fitness. Some other fun things that one can take part in also include:

  • Hiking – This is a fun way to explore the environment around an individual as well as get a little bit of exercise done in the process as well.
  • Camping – This is one of the best ways to commune with nature as well as learn practical solutions that may come in handy at one point in time such as lighting a camp fire.
  • Cycling – This can be an alternative option for those who may not prefer hiking but would still like to traverse their environment.