What follows is a transcript of part of the conversation - I cleaned up some of the spelling, grammar, etc., as best I could but, as they are products of the Irish educational system, there was only so much that I could do. And, I wasn't willing to spend a whole lot of time to make them look good.
Why am I sharing this? The ending was pure Irish and pure hysterical.
C: Then a couple of weeks ago I asked someone for a cigarette he said NO. So i asked his girlfriend...she gave me one and when he realized I was Irish he said "oh I’m sorry, i didn’t realize you were Irish, I would have given you one". PLANK!
(Note: PLANK is Irish slang for a moron, or more directly, a 'tool' or 'twonk').
C: These people....
M: ah you love it C
C: course I do, but still - racists.
Rhino: racist? Huh?
C: he thought I was American
C: and so automatically didn't like me
Rhino: Was he Irish?
C: no he was American
Rhino: So, that doesn't make him a racist. Was he black?
Rhino: OK then ... not racist.
C: well, I don’t like the English, therefore I am racist even though they're the same race
Rhino: No ... that makes you bigoted. Not racist.
M: no that makes him Irish
Yeah, I'm good like that ... providing that "inside" look into other cultures.
It is good to be the International Business Rhino.
Action Hero of John Birmingham's "After America".