Friday, July 4, 2008

Friday Five: Fireworks Edition

Sally over at Revgalblogpals brings us a crashing friday five:


I have to admit that I am chuckling to myself a little; how strange it seems for me a Brit to be posting the Friday Five on 4th July! I realise that most of our revgals will be celebrating in some way today, but I hope that you can make a little room for Friday Five! From my short stay in Texas my memories of the celebrations are of fireworks and picnics, one year we went in to central Houston to watch the fireworks and hear the Symphony Orchestra play, we were welcomed and included, and that meant a lot! So lets have a bit of fun:


1. Barbeques or picnics ( or are they essentially the same thing?)
Well, it's been a long time since I've been on a real, honest-to-goodness picnic, where you go to a park somewhere else (not your back yard),bring the picnic basket and the cooler with the potato salad, and get together with family and friends. You can certainly barbeque at a picnic, but to me, that's what a picnic is. Once our family had a spur-of-the moment, non-Fourth picnic by a lake with Kentucky Fried Chicken, which was a relatively new thing back then. I kind of miss picnics, but they're a bit more work than just the backyard barbeque.


2. The park/ the lake/ the beach or staying at home simply being?
I like to relax, so the park is best, as long as there is some "simply being" time penciled in! I also like an outdoor concert. The community I live in does a carnival over the 4th, a street dance, and special concerts.


3. Fireworks- love 'em or hate 'em?
I reallly like them, as long as they are not over-long, and parking is not too much of a headache. We used to be able to watch our community's fireworks from our backyard. Or, if we wanted a better view, we would walk a few blocks. That was the BEST. Our dog does NOT like fireworks, however.


4. Parades- have you ever taken part- share a memory...
I took part in our community's 4th of July Parade the first year I was here. The church had an anniversary banner, and another woman and I carried it, waved at people, and threw candy. We also had a few people ride in the church van (now defunct). It was really a good introduction to the community.


5. Time for a musical interlude- if you could sum up holidays in a piece of music what would it be?

Stars and Stripes forever, played by a band, while Marching in the Parade.

However, here is another interpretation:

15 comments:

mompriest said...

Hee hee, good play, diane! my dogs don't like fireworks either. I close up the house and turn on the AC and hope for rain....but, I love to go to them if they are not too much of a hassle...or too crowded....

j said...

Seriously the same complaint about the dog and fireworks. Her poor doggy self is so wrecked this time of year! Great play.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

How fun.

I love fireworks too. We're lucky in that we can usually see them from our living room window. It's not as spectacular as being there, but we don't have to deal with the mosquitos.

I finally displayed the award you gave me. Thanks again.

Processing Counselor said...

Love your musical interlude. So much fun and better than most at baseball games. I wish I had a dog to protect, but small apartment and fast life, sigh...

Mary Beth said...

Great music! Thanks!

RevHRod said...

Thank you for the fun! Hope you have a great weekend.

ROBERTA said...

God Bless the Muppets! That was great....and now I can say I've had my dose of patriotism for the day!

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

that was too funny diane! enjoy the day & the community events... poor scout - she can come over & keep mocha java company and they can discuss how fireworks are an evil invention of the neighborhood felines...

Ivy said...

Love the Muppets. Nice job. Abby doesn't like fireworks either. Last night some kids on our street were playing with firecrackers etc. and she barked because she thought someone knocked on the door.

Muthah+ said...

Go Muppets! But no piccolo part! Can't be Stars and Stripes without a piccolo!

Rev SS said...

Oh yes! Stars & Stripes forever! My brother and I used to march around the living room playing our drums (mom's pots and pans) to John Phillip Sousa!

Have a great 4th!

Barbara B. said...

The Muppets are AWESOME!!!

Jan said...

Our dogs do not like fireworks. And tonight we'll have BJ's dog Troy, who is so hyper that I can only imagine how he'll react!

revhipchick said...

fab and fun play!

we used to have street dances in one of the nearby towns when i was growing up and i LOVED them! so much fun!

Certified Healing Coach said...

That YouTube video was adorable!!

Hope you had a wonderful day!