But beware the new immigration policy set to go into effect soon.  I blame Obama.  Mark, lms and I should be very afraid.

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  1. Haaaaahaaaaahaaaaa okie. Have a Happy 4th. We’ll hang out by the pool (again), listen to music, barbeque ribs (michi has almost convinced me to try one) and veggies, and I’ll make my famous mac and cheese with Anaheims. Our best friends are coming over and they’ll drink too much and decide to spend the night. We’ll go up on our deck and watch all the fireworks across the entire valley of the Inland Empire. Very predictable but fun and relaxing nevertheless.

    Oh, and I love this country too and all the crazy people in it.


    • lms, that sounds perfect! I know you’ll have a great time. I too will be hanging out at home and relaxing. (The fireworks make my menagerie quite nervous, so I try to keep them inside after it starts getting dark.)


  2. I’m sure Penny Lane will have her nose in my armpit around 9:00 pm on the West Coast. Take care of the menagerie, it’s really stressful for animals if you live somewhere like we do with lots of community fireworks in surrounding areas. I heard the best thing to do is bring them inside and turn up music or the television really loud to distract them. She’ll be up on the deck with me as she’s fairly used to fireworks because we live within hearing and seeing distance of The Cucamonga Quakes Stadium and they have fireworks fairly frequently.


  3. I’ll be hanging out on my back patio with a nice line-of-sight to the “Largest FREE Fireworks Display on the Wasatch Front” for the first time; one of my girlfriends will probably come over with a batch of her patented margaritas and we’ll just lie back on the lounge chairs and watch. Don’t know if I’m going to let Daisy watch or not; so far fireworks haven’t ever bothered her, but we’ve never been this close to the festivities before. We used to go up to the 7th floor atrium of the building I work in with a panoramic view of the entire Salt Lake valley, but the Old Soldier in me loves the smell of the gunpowder. 🙂

    Happy 4th, all, and maybe you folks {ahem} older than me might want to think about going for a run to start getting in shape. . . just in case. 😉


  4. and maybe you folks {ahem} older than me might want to think about going for a run to start getting in shape. . . just in case.

    I hate running, maybe I should get one of those scooters.


    • Happy Independence Day. Down with King George! Parades, swimming, softball, BBQ, fireworks –

      but if you are in a group, see if you can get everyone to join in reading the Declaration, in parts. This has been part of my celebration for years. It is, for a few moments, a focal point that concentrates the mind, similar to prayer, IMHO.

      Just a thought from your resident oldest correspondent.

      God bless America.


  5. mark, good to see you. The Declaration reading sounds like a great idea, and I likely will try it.

    Did you get your office moved (am I recalling that correctly?)


    • Did you get your office moved (am I recalling that correctly?)

      Hi, Okie – no, it’s slow going. Today I am leading the family caravan up to Round Rock for the parade there rather than fight the downtown traffic, then I am turning around and coming back to strip still more files, while everyone else is waving flags. But later in the afternoon I will join the swimming at the Y (big outdoor pool with kid friendly water features and slides in a park like setting with tree covered picnic area), dinner at home, read the Declaration of Independence, probably with our immediate neighbors joining in, and drink and tell lies.


  6. lms, I’m pretty sure the scooters are a conspiracy. Elude the immigration officers some other way.


  7. Happy Independence Day! We live in the freest, greatest country on Earth. I am celebrating as I tend to by being on vacation. In the past I have found myself on the Fourth in Vietnam, Germany, or Ireland. This year I am in Canada and tonight I will celebrate by going to the Halifax Tattoo, a three hour celebration of bagpipe music.


  8. Mark, it sounds like you have a fabulous day planned, even with the work involved. You have my utmost sympathy on moving offices. I’ve been through four major law firm moves, and don’t ever want to do another.

    Be safe and enjoy your day!


  9. Hi Mark, good luck with the rest of the move. We moved our warehouse and office twice in the last 11 years and it was horrendous. The first time we had a 53′ semi plus a 25′ box truck that each made two trips, and a group of Mormon boys who were half in love with all three of our girls and were very motivated to work like crazy. They saved our butts though. Just focus on the final result.


  10. Just came across this and thought to myself…………”Self……………it’s too bad you don’t live in Brooklyn”. Where do these people come from?

    Anti-gay New York GOP state Sen. Marty Golden thinks women need to start acting like proper ladies. And he’s going to teach a class on how to do just that. City & State reports:

    Later this month, Republican State Sen. Marty Golden’s office is holding a career-development event for women in his southern Brooklyn district teaching them “Posture, Deportment and the Feminine Presence.” That’s according to a taxpayer-funded mailing being sent out in Golden’s district, which an offended reader passed along. The taxpayer-funded event – presented by a “certified protocol consultant” – is part of a series teaching women in Brooklyn “what’s new in the 21st century as it relates to business etiquette and social protocol.” More details are also available on Golden’s Senate website, including the fact that women in attendance will be taught to, “Sit, stand and walk like a model,” how to, “Walk up and down a stair elegantly” and “Differences in American and Continental rules governing handshakes and introductions.”

    UPDATE: Workshop cancelled yesterday……….lol


  11. Here’s one for the dogs. Freeze a block of water/chicken broth with goodies in it. This isn’t my dog or my idea but I like it for one of those days when we’re gone all day.


    • What a great idea! I typically don’t have enough room in my freezer for a block of ice that large, but I’ll have to see if I can clear some space and try this on a smaller scale.


  12. Happy 4th, everybody. Too bad the Boston workshop was cancelled. We’ll be left to wonder forever what Feminine Presence is.

    I have a 4th of July post http://bit.ly/P9QV3S up at http://emilymeier.com that some of you might recognize. There’s a short excerpt from Suite Harmonic and a shorter excerpt from a John Given letter. The page banner is my favorite part because the flag bearer is scanned from an original letter–stationery from the 1860s.

    My deep thought for the day: do John Roberts and Jonathan Krohn go down together in history?


    • Hi, ABC. And a happy 4th to you too! Nice link. I still find myself thinking about Suite Harmonic, so thanks. (I’m trying to stay away from the Roberts assessments, lol.)


  13. Hi there, ABC!

    Quite the deep thought–they’ve both been crucified this week, haven’t they? Although I don’t think that anybody has texted John Roberts’ mom to tell her that they can’t be friends anymore. . . 🙂


  14. Funny, Michi. Hi, okie.


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