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What do you like best about Fourth of July this year?

Asked at the field below Sesquicentennial Point on July 5, 2008

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Photo of Scott Smith

“The best thing for me is I am off work. I work a rotating shift and the last few times I have had to work.”

Photo of Caitlin Belt

“Today is my 16th birthday and my family is down from Kentucky. So that is fun.”

Photo of Markus Roberts

“Coming out to Clinton Lake and shooting fireworks. It is a lot of fun.”

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johnadavies 9 years, 10 months ago

That my house didn't burn down last night (it was pretty quiet here) and that the people will have a chance to read about the harmful chemicals (like perchlorates in the lake left by those lovely fireworks): call me Mr. Buzzkill!

bearded_gnome 9 years, 10 months ago

well, here in N.Lawrence there were lots of firecrackers, and big booms! glad that's done. who is doing those giant booms and with what? you hear them from inside the house, they're two blocks away--hear them loud!---"Ragged Old Flag"I walked through a county courthouse squareOn a park bench, an old man was sittin' there.I said, "Your old court house is kinda run down,He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town".I said, "Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,And that's a ragged old flag you got hangin' on it".He said, "Have a seat", and I sat down,"Is this the first time you've been to our little town"I said, "I think it is"He said "I don't like to brag, but we're kinda proud ofThat Ragged Old Flag"You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,When Washington took it across the Delaware.and It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it,writing "Say Can You See"It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jacksontugging at its seams.and It almost fell at the Alamobeside the Texas flag,But she waved on though.She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,And the south wind blew hard onThat Ragged Old Flag"On Flanders Field in World War I,She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,She turned blood red in World War IIShe hung limp, and low, a time or two,She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sentby her Uncle Sam.She waved from our ships upon the briny foamand now they've about quit wavin' back here at homein her own good land here She's been abused,She's been burned, dishonored, denied an' refused,And the government for which she standsHas been scandalized throughout out the land.And she's getting thread bare, and she's wearin' thin,But she's in good shape, for the shape she's in.Cause she's been through the fire beforeand i believe she can take a whole lot more."So we raise her up every morningAnd we bring her down slow every night,We don't let her touch the ground,And we fold her up right.On second thoughtI do* like to bragCause I'm mighty proud ofThat Ragged Old Flag"[ ]

jonas 9 years, 10 months ago

Hey, a while back I was reminiscing about a great show on TV that was talking about the spread of wild hogs, but it was done really weird, with cheesy re-enactments of a monstrous hog getting shot by a farmer, and a map showing the spread of the hogs across North America, represented by a spread of red and dark music like it was the spread of Communism. Well, that show is on right now! It's on History channel, part of a series called Monsterquest, and it's called Monster Hog. Tune in or hunt it down for a good laugh.

jonas 9 years, 10 months ago

Edit, sorry. It's actually Mega Hog!

bearded_gnome 9 years, 10 months ago

you're welcome Marion, et al. I love Cash's singing, saying, that. it never fails to move me. patriot I am. thanks for the words to the Stars and Stripes Forever, I knew about them. you know the other verses to the national anthem aren't very pc, neither is the Battle Hymn of the Republic in its original form. "And God bless my soldier, too" recent song, very moving. wow. militant, while there's still fireworks, you can use a little dynamite to speed digging that sudden hole you need. any body asks, just tell 'em your neighbor's shooting bottle rockets! LOL.

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