Happy 4th of July!

Just a note to say “Happy 4th of July!”.

For U.S. folks it’s our independence day. For the rest of you, well, y’all are invited to have a BBQ anyway!

We start our BBQ in about 2 hours. Italian Sausages, Chicken, Burgers, Dogs, and more. Beer & Wine along with other beverages as desired, pool side. We’re about to have the “just after noon” thunderstorm, then once it has passed and cooled things off, the Party Begins!

Pour ’em if you got ’em!

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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18 Responses to Happy 4th of July!

  1. H.R. says:

    1:25pm EDST here and I’m headed out to the grill in 5 minutes.

  2. ossqss says:

    Happy Declaration of Independence Day! I am thankful for not having a British accent ;-)


  3. Larry Ledwick says:

    Happy 4th to all who have a celebration planned.

    I am debating if I should shuffle on down to the local 4th celebration at the park, or stay home and avoid the traffic jam. There are several fire works displays I can see from the apartment complex or just a short walk down the street.

  4. jim2 says:

    ossqss – At least we know how to do a definitive Brexit!

  5. gallopingcamel says:

    Given that I am an immigrant it is not boastful to say that this is the “Best Country That Is” and maybe the “Best Country That Ever Was”.

    If you Lefties disagree please send me your list and a lively debate will ensue.

  6. beththeserf says:

    Happy 4th July to E.M. and other US citizens.

    ‘O say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.’

    Oh say, what words!

  7. beththeserf says:

    Well, sorry you can’t play it! I will find another…

  8. philjourdan says:

    @ossqss – Even most of the British do not have an British accent. :-)

  9. cdquarles says:

    Interestingly enough, none of my neighbors shot off fireworks last night.

    God Bless America, land that I love.
    Stand beside her, and guide her,
    Through the night with a light from above.
    From the mountains to prairies,
    To the oceans white with foam.
    God Bless America
    My home, sweet home.

  10. philjourdan says:

    Interesting thought was prompted by CD’s quoting God Bless America. If you think the rabid left is bonkers over the current National Anthem, imagine how they would be if God Bless America was made the National Anthem!

    I personally prefer it. Easier to sing than the Star Spangled Banner. But the mention of God…….now what would be fun!

  11. Larry Geiger says:

    Celebrated my freedom and independence by driving around where ever I wanted to go. Drove over to Eaton’s Beach on Lake Weir. Sat up in the restaurant with Carol overlooking the beach and boat dock. She had a Mahi sandwich and I had a Pimento Cheese Cheeseburger. Hung around outside down by the beach until the afternoon rains started. Drove back through some showers and stopped at Lake Norris Conservation Area. It was raining so we didn’t hike but we’ll be back. The north side of Lake Norris is Boy Scout Camp LaNoche. Spent many nights there. Canoed all over the lake but never to the south end. Made some fire and grilled some more burgers. Oh my, twice in one day. No downside to that. Baked beans and IBC root beer. It was nice to off for a day. It’s been getting thick at work. Hope all ya’ll had a celebratory independence day.


  12. John F. Hultquist says:

    We live in a rural area where it is dry and prone to fires.
    Neighbors have switched from fireworks to firing, guns that is.
    Not 22s or shotguns. I don’t think it was a rifle. High powered handgun?
    I’ll have to ask.
    While still light, one shot was fired. That caused me, the dog, and horses to levitate.
    Luckily none of us landed on any other.
    Later, with dark came a barrage of about 3 dozen shots. Dog was not happy.
    We had our on dinner in progress, so “I really don’t care. Do U?”

  13. Robert says:

    gallopingcamel: other contenders:
    Switzerland (one of primary political models used by founding fathers, didn’t give women the vote in all cantons till 1990)
    Australia (aside from insanely deadly fauna)
    New Zealand (nice but geopolitically irrelevant)
    England (360 year of functional democracy, though sadly failing now)

  14. gallopingcamel says:

    I suspect you are not a “Lefty” given the countries you listed.

    I like Switzerland and came close to buying a Swiss radar company located near Zug with amazing lakes and scenery. As a resident my annual taxes would have been limited to a maximum of $60,000 per year regardless of income! The government is impressive given that the federal government is relatively weak and the Cantons still have plenty of power as indicated by my tax deal. Next to the USA this would be my #1 choice but the weather sucks!

    Australia ranks above the USA in “Economic Freedom” according to the Heritage Foundation. As operations director for ITT’s APLA (Asia Pacific & Latin America) I used to visit Australia and New Zealand at least four times per year. Rugby is a big deal in both countries and the related social scene is something I greatly enjoy.

    If Donald Trump is defeated by the “Donor Class” oligarchs I will seriously consider moving to New Zealand. New Zealand may be irrelevant as an economic power but it introduced reforms in K-12 education known as “Tomorrow’s Schools” in 1988. This is evidence that real democracy is at work to a greater extent than in the USA prior to the arrival of Donald Trump.

    England was the greatest nation on Earth until it was overtaken by the USA. It created modern civilization via the “Industrial Revolution” which ensures that most people in first world countries live better than nobles before 1740. I revisit my homeland every few years for family events and it shocks me how my country keeps declining. For example, there is no freedom of speech given that the government attacks journalists who expose corruption.

    People like Katie Hopkins and Tommy Robinson are attacked by the government for telling the truth about immigrant crime and sex trafficking. The highest levels in government are covering up disgusting crimes with impunity while honest people are going to jail. The new UK is becoming the old USSR. Hopefully it won’t last. John Wedger’s testimony should cause nausea:

  15. ossqss says:

    GC, I always liked NZ as it basically had all of the typical climates available with (last time I looked) only 6 million citizens. Good choice!

  16. gallopingcamel says:

    While my homeland (the UK) keeps declining, my wife’s country (four times larger than the UK) keeps making amazing progress. Her country has its own version of Obamacare that costs about six times less while providing a much better customer experience. I fly to Colombia for dental work………better and cheaper even after paying for the air ticket!

    My wife was born in Bogota, Colombia. The K-12 schools are much better than ours.

    There is a down side. The bureaucracy in Colombia is Byzantine. It is close to impossible for a non-citizen to get a bank account. If you overstay your visa by a single day you are arrested and held in custody until someone will pay to get you out of the country. How can they do that?

  17. philjourdan says:

    “How can they do that?”

    They control their own borders. The dirty little secret is that almost all countries are more strict than the US (and UK to some degree) about immigration. But then not as many folks want to get in.

    As for your dental, I know that. I can go to Mexico and have a crown put in, and the cost is the same as in the US – when you include the airfare for both my wife and I! She had 4 implants done there, and it cost only 40% of what it would cost in the US. That was a savings of almost $10k!

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