I usually write my annual Independence day article sooner, however later is better than not all at all right?
This year’s 4th of July celebration was a good one for my family and I. Both of my daughters, my son in law, my grandchildren, my sister, my nephew, my older first cousin, and my dad came to my home for the day and it was good to spend time with them; sort of.
Liz and I went hog wild with the food this year which consisted of typical 4th of July Americana fair, you know, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni salad, green salad, chips, baked beans, you know the works.
My cousin and I engaged in our normal pool table, and ping pong competitions. Hell we have been competitive ever since I can remember. He is like my older brother rather than an older cousin. The rest of the family joined in. Hell even Liz got her feet wet playing ping pong. It was funny watching her.
I purchased over $200 bucks worth of fireworks. Where I live everyone blows off their own fireworks. It is kind of like a mini Vietnam right here in Southern California. If you close your eyes, the sounds are probably typical of any war zone anywhere in the world. Hell, we Americans are celebrating our independence day so what the hell.
As I handed my son in law fireworks to set off such as ubiquitous Piccolo Pete’s, fountains, and so forth, some of my neighbors blew off more radical fireworks, some of which rival the kind you would see at any of the big time firework venues. Except where I live it is a 360 degree panorama.
This year’s Independence Day was much better than some in years past. My dad has been in bad health for the last couple of years, so it was nice being able to share the day with him, smoke a cigar with him, and scare the shit out of him by setting off a piccolo Pete right next to him. Hell he still has it. He jumped up real fast. He insisted he thought that the fireworks went off by themselves that is why he got up so quick. In reality, I got him good!
So there it is. It is now 1:35am on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. I am now recovering from a great independence day.