Happy (belated) Birthday USA
I put this off until today because I couldn't come up with anything original that had not already been said.
Then last evening about 7PM it seemed to cool off some so the wife and I ventured down to the floodwall to check out the festivities. The music was not the greatest I've heard but it was far from the worst, so she got an ice cream, I purchased a snow cone and we found a pearch to watch people from and wait for the fireworks.
From there on it was a pleasant evening. There was a cool breeze, the sun was mostly clouded over, and the bugs were minimal.
When the appointed hour arrived, we were treated to a nice display of pyrotechnics accompanied by music from Sousa (thanks to our own Rick Charmickle) !
As corn fed as it sounds, the result was what every country boy remembers a 4th of July celebration being. Bands playing a variety of fare, hot dogs, ice cream, lots of moms, and although I didn't see any, I'll wager that throughout the course of the day there was even some baseball & apple pie!
That followed by the thump, crackle & boom of fireworks exploding along with a stirring rendition of "Anchors Away" and one left with the feeling deep down that all was well with the universe, if only for a few moments.
On the way home I realized for the first time in a long while just how nice it is on that floodwall to sit a be entertained. Another little used resource at our disposal you suppose? Sounds like food for thought for the creative amoung us hmmm!
Happy Birthday America, and long may ye prosper!