July 4th: Full of Thanksgiving

Flags waving at Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado
Flags waving at Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado

The 4th of July weekend is similar to Thanksgiving. It’s a time to gather with family and friends. It’s a time to play games, walk your dog, blow off fireworks, wash your car, talk loud and fly your flag.

It’s a time to sing patriotic songs, watch Yankee Doodle Boy with James Cagney and go to a parade.

It’s a great time to mow your lawn, fix your sprinklers, paint your cupboards and weed your garden. (If you have time left over, let me know and I’ll fix you up with a whole  slew of new weeds!)

What do you do to celebrate?

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July

I’ve got a Yankee Doodle sweetheart
She’s my Yankee Doodle joy
Yankee Doodle came to London
Just to ride the ponies
I am the Yankee Doodle Boy

Neighborhood Popping Contest

Katowice - Fireworks 2
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It’s 10 pm and I’m sitting on my couch watching fireworks.

On my street, my neighbors are blowing off fireworks, and those troublesome ground snakes that make popping sounds. They have sprinklers and some bottle rockets.

One street over, behind my house another family is having a ball. Their fireworks are shooting up and coming down in sprinkles of red, white and blue. They have orange balls that go up and green ones that explode. They have red colors popping out of nowhere followed by a blaze of blue.Their rockets are going about 50 feet in the air and the sky is filled with color then smoke.

They win.

Now, to save face the family on my street needs to go back to the store (in WY of course where you can purchase the ‘good fireworks’) and put out a good chunk of change and buy some explosives to show them up once and for all.

It’s the least they can do, right?