Alex Blaze

Fourth of July open thread

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 04, 2009 8:00 AM | comments

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Tags: independence day

Fourth of July, so we're gone fishin'. What are you all getting up to today?


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dawn Storrud | July 4, 2009 10:52 AM

Going down to the creek, wading and looking for crayfish. Watching fireworks later.

I thought I was going to have a chance to make some fireworks this morning, but alas...

I decided to take advantage of a cooler, overcast day here in Chicagoland and attack the weeds in our front flower garden. Across the street I noticed a bevy of Mormons going from door to door, no doubt trying to recruit people to their degenerate lifestyle. I assumed at some point they would come down our side of the street on the way back to their vehicle. In the meantime I had plenty of weeds to pull and plenty of time to contemplate what I would say when they stopped by to chat.

Being a pleasant sort, my first inclination was to politely suggest they just keep moving. But then I decided I might as well have a little fun at their expense and tell them exactly what I thought of religion in general and theirs in particular - having been founded as it was by a known scam artist, and having more recently financed the passing of Prop Hate to a large extent. One young fellow in particular had caught my eye, so I even contemplated doing a little recruiting of my own.

Sadly, my hope of setting off some fireworks quickly faded when a I saw them filing back to their van across the street. Evidently they had determined that we're all a bunch of hopeless heathens in this neighborhood. How very perceptive of them.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 5, 2009 5:10 AM

I swear we lived in the same neighborhood in Chicago. I lived in Logan Square and I vividly recall them, but they were locking their bicycles to my front iron gates.

I said to them: "Kids, if you think anybody is going to talk to someone wearing a tie in this neighborhood you are crazy. Now lock up your bikes across the street in the park."

I know, ;-) my grouchy old man moment, but I had a corner lot and had pulled a lot of weeds.

Here in the nearby port of Pattaya Thailand we will be listening to the Navy 7th Fleet band. Yeah, our tax dollars at work in Asia. Oh, and the Navy literally has "spotters" posted in the Gay business areas in case any of their "hands on deck" stray from the girlie joints. ;)

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 5, 2009 5:22 AM

I should add that this is the American Navy. The Thai Navy would not care if it's members went into a Gay establishment in civilian clothes. The 7th fleet is here for their bi annual joint military exercises with the Thai Navy (and needed "R & R" for the boys).

Considering the Thai Navy has boats built as long as 60 years ago still in use, and an aircraft carrier they keep in port because they cannot afford to fuel it, (LMAO!) there is limited tactical importance to this annual cluster fuck. But oh, it is a wonderful use of America's money!

Well, today we had to get up at 5:30 to march a parade with Drum Corps, my wife, myself and one of my sons. Tomorrow we have another parade and we will be marching with two of our sons. Kind of a family thing.

This weekend marks ten long years since the hate crime murder of PFC Barry Winchell at Ft. Campbell, KY:

As the murder of Sailor August Provost shows, things haven't changed much in a decade:

I've been working my tail off the last couple of weeks so I decided to do some fun things I don't get to do very often. Or don't allow myself to do as I am sometimes on call and I can't do anything that makes me screwy in the head. I have to be at least sharp enough to cut soft cheese. Most of my IT skills rely on patience and not knowledge. It's fair to say most of the facts I put in my head, at no small expense, I don't usually have to use.

Well, today as part of my healthy lifestyle I grilled some pork. Then I ate a pork steak the size of my head and followed that with a piece of mint pie. Delicious, you know how us dykes like pie? Feeling full,I feel asleep on the couch watching Mr.Smith Goes to Washington on AMC.

When I awoke I started drinking twisted tea and we smoked a J the size of my thumb. After that I stared at my sugar snap peas in the garden for about 20 minutes. They seemed fascinating to me. Then my girl and I blazed up again.

I am surprised I don't have any more spelling errors in this post than usual.

Well let me tell ya folks - I am feeling really patriotic now!!

I will try not to blow off any fingers later!!
I hope you all have fun too.
I think we need the break.
Be safe.

I'm at home, drinking Spanish wine. Just like every Saturday night...

We had a barbeque, played with Tango, our new puppy, watched fireworks on PBS. A perfect day!

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