I went to the Saint Patrick's Day Parade and post parade party on Saturday. Actually, I skipped the parade and just went to the post parade party. We took the 1 PM train from Carrollton and arrived at Mockingbird Station around 3:30 PM. No, it's not a 2 and a half hour train ride. We stopped at West End for a tasty beverage.
Before leaving for the event, I did some research on what to expect. Did I need to pack water? Did I need cash for entry? This kind of thing. I was alarmed to read that the Dallas Police Department would be out in force and passing out $250 tickets for violating the progressive city of Dallas's "open container law". If you have an open container of alcohol on public property, you get a ticket. Really? My last two parties were in New Orleans and Las Vegas. I'm fairly certain they have no such laws. If they do, they are certainly not enforced.
Upon arriving at Greenville Avenue, I realized just how stupid people are. Is it just Texans? Is it just DFW? Do New Orleans and Las Vegas have smarter people or better cleanup crews? Greenville Avenue was trashed. Beer cans and beer bottles all over the place. It was disgusting. Do Texans behave this way because of the stupid laws or are the stupid laws in place because Texans are stupid? The jury is still out. It's spelled "T-R-A-S-H". There are plenty of barrels stationed all over the place to dispense of it. You don't need to throw it on the ground. Maybe if we behave more intelligently, the local authorities would quit creating stupid laws. Or, maybe not.