Independence Day

I’ve never been real big on the 4th of July, truth be told.  The Civil War was more my thing.  Internecine warfare was, after all, what we cut our teeth on.  Hard to get it out of your system, once it’s embedded there.

Then there were the wigs and short pants and stockings … all that 18th-century garb that the cowboy in me just couldn’t relate to.  I like that the colonist soldiers were a scruffy and rag-tag bunch … but, what can I say … all cleaned up and be-wigged in Philly back in 1776?  That had about as much appeal to me as an opera (sorry, Beeg!)

So yeah … the 4th of July?  Not-so-much.  (Plus, all the flashes and pops drive the dogs crazy …)  Which reminds me of one of my favorite 4th-of-July memories.  It’s of going to Marple Newtown High School with my friend CB for the fireworks.  Huge crowd … good show, no doubt.  Maybe Alice was there … or her parents watched from their house.

Anyway, what CB and I focused on were the babies crying after each explosion.  There’d be a bright light, a shower of sparkles, a big pop … and then the wailing would begin.  It was rather amazing …. and we, of course, found it hilarious.  Looking back … and thinking about it today … why would any sane adult bring an infant to a fireworks display?

Here’s how JordanCornblog and ChristopherCornblog looked back in the early-ish 50’s, celebrating the 4th.

We’re in our neighbor’s side yard … with our friend Loretta who always seemed so grown up and out of reach – kind of a celebrity in our world.

Looking at the picture now, I can see that she was probably in Junior High School.  Perspective … such an amazing thing!

In our soccer pool, things have shifted about pretty dramatically … and it’s looking to me like TeamDewdney has it made in the shade, unless something truly shocking happens (Uraguay, are you listening?)  tylerdewdney is right in there, too (speaking of internecine warfare) … and Gary in Rio and Pliny could pick up a few points … but I doubt it’ll be enough to pull off an upset.

Here’s how it stands … as we head toward the Semi-finals on Wednesday …

Place Player Round of 16
Score / Potential
Quarter-finals
Score / Potential
Semi-finals
Score / Potential
Finals
Score / Potential
Stage 2 Total
Score / Potential
1 Gary in Rio 5 / 5 4 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 9 / 13
2 Team Dewdney 4 / 4 4 / 4 0 / 8 0 / 8 8 / 24
3 tylerdewdney 3 / 3 4 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 8 7 / 19
4 hat trick 4 / 4 2 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 0 6 / 10
5 JordanCornblog 4 / 4 2 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 0 6 / 10
6 MadDog 4 / 4 2 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 0 6 / 10
7 Stopper Dewdney 4 / 4 2 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 6 / 6
8 CAC 5 / 5 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 5 / 5
9 Pliny 3 / 3 2 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 0 5 / 9
10 don 4 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 4 / 4
11 edewdney 3 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 3 / 3
12 ML Boyski 3 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 3 / 3
13 Rachel 2 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 2 / 2
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4 Responses to Independence Day

  1. BJ Entwisle says:

    hey, why are you and CCC dressed like it’s a winter day?????

    and I KNOW you don’t like opera; and I’m with you on the bewigged stuff, I was all for being an Indian of the 1850’s, or a cowboy; horses, camping, six shooters and all purpose knives.

  2. Probably because our mother was … eh … you know. Then again, maybe it was Flag Day (whenever the hell THAT is). But then why would Loretta be dressed in shorts if it was cold? This is a puzzling mystery … and I haven’t a clue!

  3. Ski says:

    You might have run into a “Ski” or two at the MNHS fireworks too.

  4. Do you remember those babies???

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