March 18, 2004 - The Wearing of the Green
The dedicated staff of edhat.com hopes that you had a joyous St. Patrick’s Day yesterday. We hope that the holiday found you and your family together in good cheer. And while you were gathered around the old Blarney Stone to sing holiday songs like Danny Boy, Galway Bay, and Molly Malone, we hope you had a chance to focus on the things in life that really matter, like leprechauns, beer, and the color green.
Yesterday, the dedicated staff was too busy working to enjoy the holiday (not really, but it sounds good). We were on the fairway looking for the green. With our O’Tally counters firmly in hand, we traveled all over the city looking for festive people who had donned the color of the day.
First, we wheeled our wheelbarrow down State Street whistling lilting tunes as we counted. There we saw some full green outfits, some unmistakably green shirts, and even some green ties. But most of the green we saw came in subtle shades that could almost be considered gray or tan. But given the fact that most people just don’t have many articles of clothing that are clean and green, we counted all shades. The only green we did not count were the green shamrock stickers that people had affixed to their lapel in a last-minute effort to fit in. It didn’t fool us. Our survey results? 23% of people walking on State Street were wearing the green.
Next, we jigged over to City College to check out the wearin’ o’ the green on campus. Not only did we encounter a wide variety of apparel, but Faith and Begorrah, we happened upon a Festival! And at the very end of the row of booths at the festival, there was a pot of gold - free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. But neither Ben nor Jerry was wearing green. The two flavors they were offering were strawberry and Cherry Garcia. At the festival we also had the pleasure of counting two Army recruiters wearing green. They were dressed in camouflage. At City College, our results were similar to State Street - 20% green.
The lads and lassies at Santa Barbara Junior High were a bit tougher to figure out. They were torn between wearing green to be cool and not wearing green to be cool. The dedicated staff saw little bits of green, great big patches of green, and a couple of fine lads with green hair. SBJHS – 21%
Over at Roosevelt Elementary School, the little leprechauns proved to be the greenest bunch we looked at. There, 56% of the students were wearing green. Maybe it’s because the children take the holiday seriously, or maybe it’s just because kids pinch.
Contestants in the edhat.com “Wearing of the Green” contest across-the-board guessed way too high on the percentages. They also overestimated green at SBJHS. The closest guesser was Kevin M. who takes home a prize from the edhat.com pot of gold. Maybe Kevin will choose the coffee. He can add a little whiskey, sugar, and whipped cream and make an Irish Coffee … yum!
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