Happy Post St Paddy's Day!
3/18/2011 10:33:00 AM
Wow. So, the last 3 days have been unbelievably insane... In the best way possible!
Dean and I arrived in Dublin late Tuesday night after an awesome time in London, including a night that paralleled the movie "the Hangover!". So how could our European Tour get better? Well, thanks to the kind folks at Jameson, it was easy!
Wednesday March 16th:
We broadcasted from the Old Jameson Distillery in a smaller back room as the main Global Broadcast wasn't technically until the next day! And lemme' say this: "not only does Jameson make the finest whiskey in the world, but their chefs make the best chicken Mediterranean salad in the world too!" Yah, Dean and I were fueled by delicious Irish Coffees and phenomenal food as we had a power packed show featuring some visitors from Toronto, and some more Jameson shots as Nikki said the words "giant" and "bad!".
Try that shot game at home with your own Jameson... But only listen for a few minutes 'cause we all must drink responsibly!
The day continued and our friends here at Jameson really know how to put on a dinner/party! We went to an old church which was built in 1662 and ate a 5 star meal, while watching the drink competition and listening to great music spun by a DJ who looked identical to John C Reilly!
Oh, our Japanese friends finished 2nd in the DJ drink comp and it was so motivational watching them with huge smiles on their faces and such positive energy despite what has happened in their homeland.
After the church/theatre party we went on an authentic Jameson/Irish pub crawl. We hopped from bar to bar in Temple Bar district and in each local place we toasted locals with Jameson held high in the air and then put'em closely on our lips... The drinks, Not the locals!
Oh, the reason why the locals party on the night before St Paddy's Day is be because they have to work the day after... So they would rather recover on the holiday itself! Apparently the tourists dominate St Paddy's Day which leads me to...
Thursday March 17th.
Dean and I went back to the Old Jameson Distillery for Jameson's Global Broadcast! Yep, we joined 34 other radio stations from around the world for another incredible day where tons of different societies, cultures, and ethnicities become one huge voice for all to hear.
Our show went smoothly... But not quite as smooth as the Jameson which again was included in our coffees to help perk up the day ; )
We had over 100 visitors to the OJD from the GTA and its surrounding areas. It was truly flattering and humbling at the same time to as we spoke to so many Canadians, who actually like what Dean and I do!
The toughest, but most rewarding part of the broadcast was when we spoke to our good friend Carou from Japan. She is a very talented, intelligent and beautiful broadcaster from a very large radio station in Tokyo and it was awe-inspiring as we listened to her speak to us and the Edge listeners. She really helped put life in perspective and it was an honour to hear her speak so patiently and delicately - yet with confidence, bravery and powerfully. Her message was so positive. Her words were so encouraging. And her voice was very soothing. Obviously we wished her and her country nothing but the best as they try to deal and cope with the worst tragedy they have seen in decades.
People reading this, please appreciate all you have and do anything and everything you can to help our Japanese friends.
Deep breaths. And not to seem insensitive, but back to the good times - which Carou by the way - encouraged us all to have despite the tragedy.
Our broadcast ended with some great laughs about my 7724 dollar cell bill in 5 days as I was uploading pics in fb and twitter of our great times here courtesy of Jameson... Now I hope to be able to plead "meatus" to my provider in hopes of knocking some of the cost down!
Once we finished the show, we caught the tail end of the parade, which brings in over 1.5 million people to Dublin and some of the worst traffic jams you've ever seen!
What's next? Well read this blog later find out how much fun we had on St Paddy's Night!!! Yep, the Jameson folks threw another awesome party/concert. Stay tuned... No pun intended!