Happy Fourth!

Here’s hoping your Summer is delightful,
your celebration of Independence Day is safe
and that the cow doesn’t step on the cake!



About Richard Robinson

Enjoying life in Portland, OR
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15 Responses to Happy Fourth!

  1. Evan Lewis says:

    A charming sentiment, sir. And may the holiday leave you happy as a weasel in the henhouse.

  2. Patti Abbott says:

    Reminds me of the scene in one of the Jean Shephard books where the next door dog comes in and steals the Easter ham.

  3. Richard says:

    Patti – or perhaps, the scene in which the neighbors dogs come through the screen door and steal the Christmas turkey? They end up eating out in a Chinese place. It’s also in the film “A Christmas Story”. The Shephard books are all wonderful.

  4. Richard says:

    Thanks, David and Evan! And… I’m sure you guessed it or spotted the signature, Evan, the illustration is a J. C. Leyendecker.

  5. Happy 4th! Don’t get too close to the fireworks!

  6. Richard says:

    Fireworks are illegal here, George. They’re allowed in a couple of cities, but most have banned them, and with good reason. There are lots of fireworks shows for anyone who wants to see them. I just close up the house and keep the FM station turned up to block the noise. The cats hate the bangs and I don’t care for them either.

  7. Jeff Meyerson says:

    And speaking of fireworks…some moron on Long Island blew part of his arm (no, not a finger, his ARM!) off lighting fireworks last night, so be careful out there!

  8. Richard says:

    That’s the 2nd reason they banned them here. The 1st was roof fires. Maybe it was the other ‘way round…

  9. New York State banned fireworks years ago, but yahoos still find a way to smuggle them in…and then blow off their body parts!

  10. Richard says:

    Sadly, the biggest problem we have here – not right here, but in a couple of the nearby cities – is people (mostly Latinos) firing hand guns into the air. Every year bullets rain down and people sitting in their homes or outside watching a fireworks display are wounded or killed by falling bullets. I say Latinos because it seems to be a specifically ethnic thing, and they seem to have easy access to guns and ammo.

  11. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Rick, they’ve been known to do that in Miami for years – Dave Barry writes about it regularly. They do not seem to understand the laws of physics. What goes up also comes down.

    We once spent Bastille Day in Paris and made the mistake of going to the Champs-Elysses at night for the fireworks. We felt we barely escaped with our lives as idiots were lighting firecrackers and tossing them at people just standing there minding their own business!

    I mean, WTF?!

  12. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Sadly, the dumb@ss who got his arm blown off couldn’t have it reattached because it was damaged too badly. The explosion shook the neighbor’s house and set off car alarms!

    How dumb do you have to be not to realize this is dangerous?

  13. Carl V. says:

    Hope you enjoyed yours! We had a nice time watching all my sister’s neighbors light off what had to be thousands of dollars worth of fireworks (not sure where everyone is getting that much disposable income!) and eating good food. The weather was unseasonably cool and it was a pleasure to just sit outside.

  14. Drongo says:

    What kind of morons fire guns into the air like that ?

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