Happy 4th of july, somewhat belatedly

So, we went to Seattle for the 4th and bought many fireworks at boom city (though still not *enough* fireworks – I should plan a longer shopping trip, and a shopping trip equipped with a wheeled cart, for next year)

We saw too many old friends to name at Tory’s annual 4th of July house party, which was fun and good.

We partied like rock stars at Bruce’s – complete with a jam session on the piano, two hours of continuous fireworks, turkey and stuffing and homemade fruit sherbert that was beyond compare, video gaming, playing with light sabres in the middle of the street whilest smoke bombs went off all around (yes, really, I have pictures), discussing me + Bruce’s charger controller board (Bruce did $300 worth of fireworks in a few seconds by not plugging Rich’s charger into a isolation transformer before programming it, or something similar 😉 bet he’s glad that I consider toasted programmers part of the parts cost for a project), and generally I think a good time was had by all.

I even felt mildly patriotic, in a Utah Phillips / Mark Twain kind of way (‘loyalty to the country always, loyalty to the government when it deserves it’). Of course, it helps that there’s some hope that our next president will be a progressive (i.e. Obama, who I’ve been liking more and more as I see him do the difficult dance of finding a way to express who he is that doesn’t leave us all thinking he’ll tell us anything, and does leave us all having hope that he’ll represent a little bit of us somehow).

I played a Sheerized version of the Star Spangled Banner, which was funny to me and possibly not annoying to the rest of the house. Now we’re off to Portland for portabeulahburgers and hanging out with my cousin, then back home to hug my Allie-cat and promise to him that we won’t go away again for at least a month. (Actually, he’s probably grateful to have some time to himself where he doesn’t get petted, scolded, etc. I’m still a petophile and a cat molester, although I’m getting better and better at respecting his needs)

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