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This year’s Fourth of July is a day for reflection…

Happy 4th of July, Everyone!

Hello fellow Americans! Let me join everyone of you in wishing our wonderful country happy birthday! I’m proud of the place we live. I want to work for its betterment. I want true equality for all people (and canines) and the peace and tranquility that will eventually come with it.

Let’s reflect on how we should get there.

Is using racial hatred as a political tool to SEIZE power a good thing? I’d say not. How about burning down, looting, and beating up anyone who dares think differently than you as a way to pull us together. I don’t think so. Question – Does seeing the type folks doing the trashing of their neighbors hard won homes and businesses make you enthusiastic about becoming best buddies.

How about engaging in a pleasant conversation with someone different from you? Gosh, do you think if we got past the hate most of our media stokes to an inferno we might find we may have more in common than we think? Inviting a family to share dinner will do more to foster brotherhood than tearing down every statue, plaque, and monument in the country.

Let’s see, oh yes, defunding or eliminating the police. Why we can do something better! Let’s eliminate congress, state and local government. They make laws we obviously don’t need. There won’t be an agency to enforce them – just suggest we behave. Good luck with that.

Speaking of defunding, what a bundle of possibilities that opens! A great example! What about defunding colleges and universities? They no longer are places where all ideas are welcomed. No wonder they discourage studying history. The parallels to late 1930s Germany and the USSR are frightening and the Molotov Cocktail throwers being produced in them are scary reminders. (NYU & Harvard?)

It gets down to choices. Which way do you New Yorkers want to see your city?

Macy’s as we love it!

Macy’s converted by ‘the summer of love’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which would you Seattle residents prefer as an image?

A place of violence, hate, where the rule of the jungle prevails

A beautiful, intellectual place to enjoy life…or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you want? This is the year we will have to make a decision. Right now neither is a great choice. It’s a least worst one! Let’s hope we will celebrate another USA Fourth of July celebration in 2021. —- Not the divided States of America, recovering from from a thirty million casualty civil war. —- Not the first USSA celebration of the United Soviet States of America with totalitarian leaders setting off the fireworks. —- Not the Pu Fung American Province of the Peoples Republic of China. Do we really want any of that?

 

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Have a HAPPY FOURTH!

Happy 4th of July, Everyone!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

The Geezer was sitting on the porch sipping coffee this AM. Florida this time of year dictates any time outdoors is best spent in the early AM hours. Well, not so early as to offer yourself up as a mosquito and sand fly buffet. Here on Pine Island it will be “ninety by noon.” The humidity is high or “thick” as our neighbor describes it. By early afternoon the air becomes slice-able.

 His mind was wandering off, somewhere; there was a sad look in his eye. I placed my head under his arm and nudged. “Oh, hi Sandy,” he smiled and scratched behind my ears. That’s his usual greeting.

“Mornin’ Geezer. I thought I’d bring you back home. It looked like you were far away.”

“I was, Sandy.”

“Where were you?”

“It wasn’t where, it was when.” He shifted in his chair to watch an Osprey fly over. “That’s free.” He turned his head back, and said, “The ‘when’ was the time when the people in the US understood what a great place we have to live. I love this country. I always will. When you’ve traveled the world you have an idea of what is important. It’s right here. If you don’t like here, one of the great things about this country is that you are free to leave.”

“Hold on Geezer, part of this country is its dedication to be able to criticize and seek to make changes. Isn’t that what freedom is all about?”

“You are exactly correct!” The Geezer took a deep breath. “Part of that freedom is not being silenced by those who disagree with you. Unfortunately, people are losing track of that fact.”

“Are you pessimistic about where the country is headed? I’m not.” I added, “The pendulum swings both ways.”

The Geezer smiled, “You know you’re right. It’s up to us old humans and old canines to keep reminding people. Now, Sandy, if someone tells you not to bark, what are you going to do?”

“Bark louder!”

The Geezer held up his coffee cup and said, “A toast to our wonderful country on her birthday!” He took a sip.

“I second that!” I said, but then asked, “Doesn’t that have to be wine or something?”

“Why it is! In fact it’s better than that, it’s a diversity drink. It’s Irish Coffee made from beans grown in Africa and whiskey made in Kentucky.”

Have a happy Fourth!

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Another way to look at our flag.

Happy 4th of July, Everyone!

 

A cool dip on the hot 4th!

Mrs. G getting ready for the parade.

The Geezer took me to an early 4th of July parade. I always ask lots of questions. Watching the parade pass prompted many. Our conversation, part of it, was as follows:

I asked, “Geezer, are fire engines painted red because that’s the color of fire?

The Geezer answered. “No, but I’ve heard two reasons why fire-engines are painted red. One is that early firemen were proud of their trucks and so they painted them the most expensive color available in the late 1800’s. But … The reason I think makes more sense was that most early automobiles were painted black. Firemen in the late 1800’s wanted it to be easy for people to see them coming when they raced to a fire so they painted their trucks red, a color not used on cars back then.

That was good info for my next trivia contest. I decided to ask a question I knew the answer to just to hear the old boy pontificate, “Geezer, why do you humans have fire-engines in a parade, play all that Souza music, and set off fireworks, and wave all those flags, on the 4th of July?”

Geezer grinned and said, “The 4th of July is our country’s birthday so we Americans celebrate it just like we celebrate your birthday on January 18th. But, you knew that, Sandy.”

I complained, “It’s different. My birthday only rates a bluegrass band and the parade consists of Mr. Smith’s pickup and boat trailer.” A band came around the corner, all with flags attached to their hats. “Wow, there are a lot of flags. Why do you humans have flags, anyway?”

Geezer answered, “All people have flags as symbols of their country. We have the stars and stripes, Japan has a rising sun, Canada has a Maple leaf. Those symbols say something about their country.”

“Why do we have the stars and stripes for America?” I asked.

The Geezer thought for a few seconds and then answered, “Sandy, most people will tell you the stars stand for each state we have in our nation and that thirteen stripes stand for the original thirteen colonies that declared their independence. That is true. But …… I’m going to give another reason, one that I believe is as important. I see those stripes as stairs that our country offers to all its citizens, who are willing to do the work to climb them, to reach the stars above.

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Happy 4th! … Bring the Cannoli and leave the Firecrackers!

I’m watching from the car as Mrs. G prepares for her ride in the 4th-of-July parade.

It was fun! I got to watch one of my humans participate in our community’s celebration of the birth of our nation. Mrs. G was in Pine Island’s Parade. With the sky-roof open the windows down and the AC running, I felt like an executive in a luxury box at a big-league stadium.

Mrs. G was a pirate. Aaarrggghhh! The boat-float’s slogan was “Give me freedom – or walk the plank.” It works …

The Geezer snapped these pictures before and during the parade. He tries, but he’d be better off writing about what he saw. He uses a camera as well as our cat Oreo swims … not very good. The only thing I didn’t like was the clown (literally) tossing firecrackers closer to me than I liked. The Geezer saw that ended quickly.

“Standing by the corner watching all the floats go by” The Geezer told me to write that. Mrs.G is in part of the boat he didn’t cut off.

It was fun! Now, I’m looking forward to one of those ribeyes I saw in the grocery bags. Grilling Beans, potato salad, and ice cream, YUM! Bring the Cannoli and leave the firecrackers. Happy 4th to you all!

 

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