Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Explained

Although it’s one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, how much do you actually know about St. Patrick’s Day traditions? The history runs deep, and it’s very interesting. Here are a few of the more popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions explained.

 

St. Patrick The Man

Who was he? Many falsely believe that St. Patrick was from Ireland. In fact, St. Patrick was a British nobleman that was enslaved by the Irish. Upon receiving his freedom, St. Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary.

 

The Food

Although corned beef and cabbage is one of the most popular meals to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this tradition is more American than Irish. Irish immigrants in the 19th century were mostly poor and corned beef and cabbage was one of the cheapest meals.

 

The Beer

Although Guinness is a fairly popular beer in the United States (we drink about 600,000 pints of it per day), that number jumps to an astronomical 3 million pints of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day. Support Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Now that you know a bit more about the St. Patrick’s Day traditions, get out and celebrate! Be safe, and enjoy the holiday.

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions: Tips and Tricks

Believe it or not, only about 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions actually succeed. We’ve put together a list of possible resolutions and some tips for succeeding to keep in mind as we near the new year. Keeping New Year’s resolutions isn’t easy, but they are often worth it in the long run.

Happy New Year 2017 - Bakersfield, CALooking for some resolutions? To begin with, consider being the safest driver possible. If you tend to text and drive, try to quit. If you make rolling stops or speed, these are habits to avoid. Or, if you fail to buckle up all the time, be sure to click it next time you get behind the wheel. Other popular (non-car related) resolutions include quitting smoking, quitting junk food, and exercising more, among other things.

According to Forbes, the best way to keep your resolution is to clearly define your goals. Instead of saying “I’ll get in shape this year,” try to be more specific. For instance, say that you’ll stop eating ice cream or that you’ll quit smoking. This not only helps you get serious, but it can break up larger goals to make them more manageable.

Next, track progress. Though not everything is measurable, you can track certain things. Obvious examples of progress to track are weight loss or days without an alcoholic drink. However, if your resolution is to be friendlier, try to develop a metric to help you see how much progress you’re actually making.

Finally, drop the “all or nothing” attitude. Slip-ups happen—the key to success is patience. It’s helpful to make resolutions with family or friends, creating a network of support. If, for instance, you want to stop texting and driving, let your friends know when you slip up. This extra support will help to harden your resolve. These are just some of many tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions to keep in mind.

Five Things You Don’t Know About Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving - Bakersfield, CAPumpkin pie, football, early Christmas shopping … there are some things we can’t help but associate with this time of year. But it’s the things that your guests don’t know about Thanksgiving that will make a great conversation starter.

Wampanoag Indians Put the “E” in “Feast”

The settlers at Plymouth Rock had every intention of giving thanks by praying and fasting, as was their traditional way of doing so. But, when the Native Americans joined the celebration, they brought along their own traditions. Dancing and feasting were both part of their own harvest celebrations.

The Eagle vs the Turkey     

Ben Franklin had high hopes for the turkey. He tried to make it the national bird, finding it to be more morally sound.

The Butterball Hotline

Butterball Turkey started their own Thanksgiving hotline called the Turkey-Talk Line in 1981. The sole purpose of this line was to provide advice and answer questions for those cooking on Thanksgiving Day. Even with smartphones in seemingly everyone’s pocket, the Turkey-Talk Line still gets more than 100,000 calls each Thanksgiving season.

Mary Had a Little Turkey

Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” has another claim to fame. It was thanks to her relentless efforts and letters that Abraham Lincoln finally decided to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.

What do Retailers Have in Common With Plumbers?

They’re both really busy on Black Friday. According to Roto-Rooter, it’s the busiest day of the year for plumbers. Be sure to save a piece of pie as a thank you in case you need to call a plumber yourself.

The Best Superhero Vehicles

There seems to be a lot of superhero movies coming out this year: Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War, and plenty of others. In order to save the day, many of these superheroes rely on vehicles to help them get around. In order to celebrate the superhero summer that is headed our way, we decided to assemble a list of the best superhero vehicles!

Batmobile

Our top spot has to go to the most famous superhero vehicle of all time. No matter if it’s the classic Adam West car or the heavy duty tank-like version, the Batmobile is always ready to help Batman save the day!

Ghost Rider’s Motorcycle

Ghost Rider’s motif relies upon the use of his cursed motorcycle. With that in mind, you know that this superhero is going to have a cool, or rather hot, set of wheels!

The Battle Shell

Assembled from leftover vehicles parts, the Battle Shell is the personal “turtle van” of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, despite its size, this van moves much more quickly than a turtle can!

Invisible Boatmobile

The Invisible Boatmobile would be a very useful vehicle for Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. That is, if they could ever find it!

To see our lineup of cool cars, check out our website!