Friday, July 11, 2008

Movin' In Cook Out

Janet and I took possession of the keys for our new home last night. The Fitzpatrick's, the previous owners, are just great people. They are about our age and we have found that we have allot in common, including politics! We will be seeing them again in the future.

So this upcoming week is moving week and we figure that we should be in great shape to entertain by Aug 3rd. So you all are invited to the "Movin' In Cook Out" featuring the Goss chicken wings among other great food & drink. Bring all and join us. Plenty of free parking. And don't forget to buy the cheap NH gas, booze, and cigarettes while you are in town.....

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Re-Independence Day

The Forth of July has always been my second favorite holiday. Thanksgiving being my first favorite holiday. The latter being the day of thanksgiving for the bounty of the new world and the former the birth of "the" greatest nation on earth.

In reflecting on both of those holidays it occurs to me that the courage, forethought, and determination of the people that shaped our great nation might be considered fossil fuel and in today's climate that is a bad thing, pun intended.

I can remember when I was young being torn over Vietnam. I was about 1 year too young to serve. But I do remember the day I registered for the draft. I took the train into North Station in Boston and found the federal building where I was directed to register. To this day I can remember the ominous look and feel of the office. The hanging portraits of our great presidents, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy, and the flag standing in the corner. I can remember how official it all was, and when I got my card I remember how proud I felt. I even had it laminated at the local drug store.

So why the title "Re-Independence Day"? Well as I look around this nation, especially in an election year, I do not see or feel the patriotism that I felt the day that clerk handed me my draft card. I see a presidential candidate making excuses for not wearing the lapel pin of our flag. I see supporters of that presidential candidate questioning the patriotism of a wartime hero. I see people making a mockery of the greatest nations' on earths' national anthem. And I see a "free press" that does not denounce these acts as UN-PATRIOTIC!

So is it time to take back our country? Do we need a tea party to end all tea parties? Do we need to listen to the words of the "Pledge of Allegiance" and take them seriously? My fear is that we may have to take back our country and therefore a re-birth would take place. My hope is that we recognize what has happened over the last half century and fix it.

I hope where you are that you are allowed to celebrate the 4Th with fireworks as the writers of our constitution intended. Yes celebrating the birthday of our country with fireworks was written by John Adams and supported by others.

John Adams predicted in 1776 in a letter to his wife, Abigail, that Independence Day “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade ... bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.” "Fireworks provide citizens a means to celebrate their freedoms."

Happy 4Th of July!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Big One

Well after three years of not putting the puddle jumper in the water I finally "refurbished" the thing and Janet and I set sail on the lake, (it's called Nutting lake) but it's pretty much a pond.

Anyway because this body of water is pretty much the backyard Janet grew up in I left the navigation to her. We were a few hundred nautical feet from shore when she said "this looks good". I turned my high powered battery operated propeller off and dropped anchor. Wormed her hook and she tossed it over board. It went way off the bow for about three feet. As soon as the bobber hit the water it went under.

Excitement could be heard all around this cabin lined "lake", "it's a big one!" I calmly talked her in the proper techniques of landing the big one. This fight, big one versus the accomplished angular, lasted a good 30 seconds as out of the water came the biggest Blue Gill I have seen in years!

I turned out to be a very relaxing day and just caused me to realize how often we do need to relax.

So happy fishing!