Saturday, 07/04/09, Public Square

happy-fourth-of-julyIn the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.



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17 responses to “Saturday, 07/04/09, Public Square

  1. jammer5

    Good wet morning people. May you all have a safe and grand fourth.

  2. Family reunion today.
    Does anybody enjoy these things?

  3. Bad Biker

    Spent yesterday at the my daughter’s, doing yard work and getting ready for today…………… it was Hell HOT and bunches of no fun, but it’s done.

    Today is the big Fourth of July barbecue and fireworks show.

    The menu was going to be burgers, hot links, brats and dogs, but one of the guests ask if I would do the smoking if she bought the ribs. Okay, I’m game.

    She bought three full slabs. They are marinating in my ‘fridge as we speak.

    Looks like we’ll have two grills and the smoker kickin’ this afternoon. Dee is making the ‘tater salad and I am hitting the slaw in a few minutes.

    All in all, it should be a pretty good day.

  4. Bad Biker

    My friends,

    This is a quick update on Jason Sutton…………………

    Jason made it through last week’s crisis and we are cautiously optimistic at this point. If I had to put a label on it, I would say that he is in a “grave, but stable” condition. He is having a surgical procedure every other day to relieve bowel obstructions and is still breathing with a trachea.

    His wife, Cheryl, was home for the weekend, so I spent some time talking with her yesterday.

    (Also did some yard work and hauled off some brush for her.)

    She is doing okay – hopeful – and the kids seem to be alright. I did suggest to her that Kaitlyn should probably receive some counseling, since she seems to be in denial about Daddy’s condition.

    Anyway – here comes the pitch – please consider making a donation to help this family out. Anything will help. This is going to be a long, hard road for the Sutton Family.

    If you can’t donate, please pray for them!

    This is the website that has been set up for them. You can donate directly on the site, or mail a contribution to the addy noted. The donations are being handled by Emprise Bank, Augusta.

  5. Thunderchild

    If she were here, I would tease her that she had managed to upstage the fourth of July.

    My great aunt Janie died yesterday. She was 91. I will miss her a lot.

    Until last year when the doctor told her she could not do it anymore, she was a volunteer class grandma in a school for 20 years.

    One day a couple years ago, she missed the bus to take her home. So, she walked the four miles back to her trailer.

    A month ago, she was admitted to the hospital with congestive heart failure and pneumonia. The doctor told family the next morning “That little lady should not be here.”

    Just 9 days ago, she was up and around WITHOUT her walker and against the wishes of nursing home staff. We had a great visit and she was thrilled with the small candy bars I brought her.

    A week ago, she fell and broke her hip. Against all odds, she survived the surgery.

    And she would get on me about going on about her and not getting on. THAT was my truly great Aunt Janie.

    • Sounds like she lived life her way, and did it until she was finished — perfect! She deserves to be celebrated and to rest.

      I’m sorry for your loss, and so happy you had this person in your life.

  6. Thunderchild


    I know maybe it’s wrong. But the doctors said she would probably never walk again.

    I had learned never to bet against her. But if her future was to be bed ridden and in pain?

    She was conscious enough after the surgery that the doctor told her she needed a feeding tube since she could not swallow. She apparently said, “No more tubes, no more surgery, I’ve lived long enough.” So she got to have that much dignity for herself.

    It feels kind of wrong to be grateful in a way. But I am. But my heart is just breaking.

    But it makes me smile a little to know that she would kick me in the butt for going on about it.

  7. tosmarttobegop

    Sounds like you were truly fortunate to have her in your life TB.

  8. tosmarttobegop

    LOL one of my greatest memories of my grandma was at 89 she chased me around the house with one of dad’s beer bottle trying to hit me!

  9. tosmarttobegop

    We have a family get-to-gather later but my wife can not go as it seems she has the mumps.
    Last night the side of her face was descendant from the top of her ear to below her jaw.
    I have been watching the grandson all morning but that is not too hard. He gets fixated on a toy and sets and plays with it for quite awhile. His brothers have to be watched every minute as they lose interest and off they go!

    • Mumps!? I think that can be serious in adults. Be careful and take good care of her, please. Could it possibly be a bite? No matter, watch carefully.

  10. tosmarttobegop

    FYI I had made her mad and would not left it go. I was 15 at the time.

  11. wicked

    Here’s a scrollover for ya, friends. I’m on a rant.

    This is my least favorite holiday. It’s become nothing but an excuse for people to spend money on a bunch of noise. And noise is what’s happening today.

    I can deal with the string of Black Cats going off now and then, but the latest has me ready to tear someone’s head off. A good five minutes or more of whistles and bangs, scaring my dog and rattling my nerves. I went out to check on what idiot was blowing a wad, and I wasn’t surprised. Asshole-always-has-a-beer-in-cozy-in hand was the culprit, two houses to the south. He’s on disability, folks, my guess from fried beer brain. The mother of his children came crying to my yard one day, asking to borrow a phone. I handed her my cell (watched to make sure she didn’t run off with it), later filled her cup of ice with water, on her request, and allowed her to wait in my yard. I did not ask, nor did she tell me, why she was crying, except to mutter something about above Asshole. She returned my cell and someone came to fetch her, along with the laundry basket and box of things she was toting.

    Then Asshole shows up, knocking on my door and wanting to give HIS side of the story. Yes, that’s what he told me. I told him I didn’t need to hear his side of the story, as the woman hadn’t told me a thing, except she needed to call someone to pick her up. He wasn’t ready to be put off and insisted I hear him out.

    I told him, “Look, I’m dealing with my own ex right now and don’t need to be involved, since I didn’t hear her side of the story.”

    He replied with, “All you women are alike. Go fck yourself.”

    He thinks he’s hot. He’s not. He’s a drunk. He’s obnoxious to the max.

    I’d lay odds a good $100 or more went into the noisy fireworks “display”. So now you know where your tax dollars are going. (Hey, could this be someone we know who’s on disability? This guy strikes me as being that bad. No, of course not, but must be his twin.) Some of that money could have been donated to a worthy cause. There are too many out there, suffering.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like fireworks shows if presented in a safe and reasonable way. I never miss the one at RiverFest each year. But when it comes to setting a match to gunpowder, I figure I might as well set a $50 bill on fire. For those who choose to, it’s okay.

    Biker and everyone else, have a safe holiday and enjoy your fireworks. Really.

  12. wicked

    Oops, sorry for the bold. Fried Pepsi brain. đŸ˜‰