Okay who said we don't know anything (or give a damn) about American politics in the West of Ireland? Alright well maybe nobody has actually said that but they might as well have. But let me assure you that this is not the case. Our dinner party confirms how consumed the Irish population have become with American politics with the incessant talk of the Election and Obama and fascination with the fact that my hubbie and young adult got to vote with their absentee status. The sheer logistics wowed our guests. The very idea that the say of two humble American citizens living out in the middle of a bog in tiny old Ireland amounted to something.
The Tagine helped too. Though not without some dramatics early on in the evening. I locked myself out of the house as I was trying to prevent the dog from running in through the back door. I went to grab hold of his collar and in doing so pulled out the back door. Now there are no street lights where I live and at six o' clock in November it is pitch dark. No choice but to high tail it off to the neighbours. An elderly couple living next door, well not THAT next door. No sign of life. No lights on in the house. I ring the doorbell, frantic, clad in my sweats, apron and chinese slippers! Eventually my neighbour appears. Bernie. A quiet retiring old man who always says hello when we meet but that's it. I explain. He listens, looks perplexed. I can't tell if he's trying to solve my problem or if he is thinking what on earth is this crazy woman doing on his doorstep, maybe a past due hallow'een ploy gone wrong.Whatever. Eventually I get to use phone, call hubbie on his mobile at a Basketball game and all ends well or begins as I get to tackle the dinner preparation a little behind schedule.
There are some people in this world who can drink Irish Coffees after midnight. I had two such individuals at my table last night. Bushmills Whiskey goes down well in November, its that golden glow resting in the bottle that does it. And the talk of Obama increased as the night wore on and before I knew it we were all experts, all able to predict the outcome on Tuesday even though I was secretly thinking about the stack of dishes mounting in the kitchen and if I would ever get to lay my head down and get some sleep.