Today is St. Patrick’s Day and most likely no matter where you work, there’s bound to be a celebration of some sort, whether you like it or not. Legend has it that it has something to do with Irish pride, although it seems to be strongly embraced by Euro-Americans of all persuasions. One can assume that St. Patrick’s Day has some sort of cultural significance but the overabundance of shamrocks, Leprechauns, pots of gold, corned beef & cabbage beer and all things green manages to over shadow it.
Ultimately, St. Patty’s Day appears to be more of an overall celebration of “White Pride” (not that there’s anything wrong with that – as Seinfeld would say) with the whole nation in support of green clad drunkards committing various acts of obnoxious behavior in the middle of a workweek. Amidst the green beer guzzling festivities are those who would prefer to simply just avoid the whole majority-inflicted holiday, particularly those trapped for 8 hours in an office filled with tacky St. Patrick’s Day party favors and faded co-workers making unfamiliar cultural references while rockin’ Leprechaun shoes and green wigs. Taking the day off may not be an option, but there are ways you can get through the rest of the afternoon without making any unnecessary waves:
Headphones: This may not be an option for many, but if your place of work, and temporary Irish pub, allows for the use of them, they can provide you with the perfect distraction from all the foolery.
Take on a Big Project: Have you been procrastinating about re-organizing your workspace or file cabinet? If you want to get away from your obnoxious co-workers, this is a great opportunity to do so. You can avoid feeling like you’re rejecting the annoying bunch by actually doing work on St. Patrick’s Day, after all, that is why you’re there.
Call/IM Your Friends: Birds of a feather flick together so if you’re not keen on the holiday, most likely neither are your friends. Many of them may be a captive audience to Irish overload and would appreciate the distraction. While the population at your work gets tore up, you can take pleasure in a conversation of a good friend, boyfriend, relative or whomever you choose to help you “get away.”
Take An Extra Long Lunch or Leave Work Early: Desperate times may call for desperate measures if you’re surrounded by straight St. Patty’s Day fiends. If their festivities are so boisterous that they prevent you from actually being able to hear yourself think, then you may as well steal away. Chances are they’d be too wasted to notice your absence.