The best Fourth of July I had was…pick a number, I guess – they’re all the same – day after the 3rd but before the 5th. Might fall on any day of the week.
We learn in primary school that ‘In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue’ but in as much as we don’t learn the rest of the poem (having Googled to check I had the date right, I literally just discovered that there *is* a rest of the poem) but that’s really, truly it.
Eventually, by osmosis, we learn that it’s ‘Independence Day’ in America, and it sounds terribly grand and important. We might know a little bit about ships going over and indians pilgrims but then we muddle it up with a turkey and get muddled with thanksgiving. So we re-watch the Addams Family Values to learn from Wednesday and Pugsley about whether we were thinking about thanksgiving or independence day. Then we learn (at some point) that the independence was from us, and pretty much lose all interest. I’ve yet to meet a Brit who can (or has the inclination) to talk widely on the topic.
And in a way, I guess it doesn’t matter any more (to us in England, that is).
Soon enough we’ll all be celebrating ‘Internet Day’ – when we became a global village and began connecting with each other on much more meaningful levels, in spite of the distances.
Whatever the heritage, an excuse for BBQ, booze and a jolly good time with friends-and-relations is not to be sneezed at, so if you’re American at home, and plan on celebrating, I hope you have a lovely time.
Husby of Awesomeness (who bought me my very own Star Trek Insignia badge the other day) today trekked into town, in the rain, to attend a book signing by the awesome Jeffrey Deaver. Never mind that he bought me a new copy of The Bone Collector (the copy we own, that’s his really, is ripped) but he asked Mr Deaver to sign it, which he did. I then received a text message telling me
Got your book signed and JD now says your work should let you take the rest of the day off to read it.
Jeffrey Deaver second-hand texted me!
With the help of Fabulous Blogging’s excellent tutorial, I managed to cobble together some shiny new social media buttons – look – there in the top right. They’re not slick, they’re not swish, and they’re distinctly homemade, but I made them and I love them, and they make the top of my blog look purty*.
If you Facebook, Tweet or any of the others, do test them out – THEY ACTUALLY WORK!
I did that.
*beauty being in the eye of the beholder and all…
Somewhere or another, my dear usual suspect left a somewhat snarky comment about hoping I’d be better from my cold soon (it’s all gone now, thanks) so that I could get lost in the woods again and regale everyone with the hilarity.
As I read the comment, I shook my head and mentally played Sheldon Cooper’s look of haughty derision.
There was absolutely no way I was getting lost again so soon after not having lived down the last expedition.
And yet, this evening when my Explorer Friend and I went for our constitutional walk and ended up going ‘a bit further’ and then ‘I’m sure this is the right direction, we can loop back from here’, a 3-4km walk (with intermittent jogging, cos we’re trying to get fit, y’know) turned into a 6-8km hike through the backwoods of the city, having overshot, misunderstood our geography entirely and ended up on a motorway bridge, waaaaaaaaaaay out of our zone.
We kept the motorway noise behind us and followed a likely path deep into the woods (it was legit – there was a man walking his dog there – no more fake paths for us) and apart from a short stop to sclooch, we eventually wended our way through the beautiful scenery to a chainlink fence which proved to be the opposite corner of the golf course to which we’d started, then along that and back (the long way) to her house.
We left hers at 7.20, anticipating an hour of goodly exercising.
We arrived back at 9.20, bedraggled, aching and with at least one of us having had to retrieve errant sections of fern from her undergarments. Yes, that one was me.
I’m now a minute past deadline here – fortunately I can rely on the time difference to allow this to still count as a Friday post in the US 😉