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Old 07-03-2015, 08:36 AM   #1
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Happy Birthday To Americans

I know, it is not the 4th quite yet. But I am going by the Saturday/Sunday holiday law. But according to our Government, when a holiday falls on a Saturday, then the day before is the official holiday. So Happy Birthday to All Americans and those that are studying to be one.

What are your plans for the big day? BBQing? Opening the pool? Visiting someone else at their backyard for the fun times? My daughter is going up to NH for the whole weekend. They have friends that live right on the lake and yet have a huge swimming pool. About 15+ years ago, I went up there with them. I was taught that when you visit a home for the first time, you go with a gift in hand. So I bought a set of horseshoes for Eddie and his wide. . Every weekend that the house is open and someone is up there, that set comes out and they have some serious games. I thought for sure that some of the shoes would be damaged or lost. Nope. They take care of that game of horseshoes as if it was one of the kids. Eddie even now keeps a large note book with everyone's scores, when the game was played, etc. They have even had tournaments.

So give yourself a treat and buy a horseshoe set. All you have to do is just set it up when you are expecting to hold activities in the yard. The game has a life of its own. Someone will pickup that first horseshoe, and the game is on.
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BBQ'ing and a brief hike from my house to the top of the hill to view fireworks from Dodger Satdium.
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Old 07-03-2015, 02:46 PM   #3
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Having the privilege of standing in Independence Hall in Philadelphia just last month, this Independence Day is especially reflective for us. To actually be in the room where it all happened was remarkable.
Happy birthday USA!!

We'll be celebrating with waving flags and a barbeque.
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:02 PM   #4
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We always had a horseshoe pit when I was a kid and it was great fun for people of all ages. I'm afraid that today the idea of tossing 2-3 pound chunks of cast iron at your opponent or a group of innocent bystanders would only excite lawyers and insurance salesmen, very sad.

Quiet day planned at my house. Shrimp salad, broccoli salad and a hot dog or two spread over lunch and dinner A low carb version of a tin roof sundae for a cool treat to finish off the day.
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:34 PM   #5
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We are on our way to my in-laws for several days, so whatever they have in mind is what we'll do.

Aunt Bea, I wonder if that's why so many people play corn hole these days. Bean bags aren't very dangerous

Happy Independence Day!
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Speaking of horseshoes, Does anyone else remember summer days in the 80s spent playing Lawn Darts (aka "Jarts")? Those things would just as easily puncture one's foot as hit the intended target - especially after downing a few too many brandy slushes.

Ah yes... the good old days. When men were men, and the lawn games had built-in elements of danger.
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Oh yes, I remember Jarts. I was over at a friend's house, probably in my early teens, and her brother threw one and it punctured her calf. Nice, neat hole.
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Old 07-04-2015, 01:09 AM   #8
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Having the privilege of standing in Independence Hall in Philadelphia just last month, this Independence Day is especially reflective for us. To actually be in the room where it all happened was remarkable.
Happy birthday USA!!

We'll be celebrating with waving flags and a barbeque.
Kayelle, my sister went there and stated to cry. But she wasn't the only one who was overwhelmed with emotion.

Boston is so filled with the history of the beginning of the struggle of our country's beginning. In warm weather I would sit outside on a piece of our history and dwell on it while I ate my lunch. It never failed to leave me filled with awe at their determination to have their freedom.
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Oh yes, I remember Jarts. I was over at a friend's house, probably in my early teens, and her brother threw one and it punctured her calf. Nice, neat hole.
And when one landed on a child's head, and the microbes from the dirt created an infection and the child died. Yeah, the good old days. No wonder they were considered illegal and no longer made. I will settle for horseshoes any day.

Being a man's man to me means thinking of the safety and well being of everyone. Not just showing how manly one can be while in a drunken stupor.
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Kayelle, my sister went there and stated to cry. But she wasn't the only one who was overwhelmed with emotion.
Yes, being there in the room was so emotional for all of our tour group, dedicated to the history of our nation.
It was so sad to hear on the radio today, how many people (mostly young) who haven't a clue exactly what the celebration is all about. Sigh.
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