Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in this history of mankind. Mankind — that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution — but from annihilation. We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive!
Sorry, I just can’t talk about the 4th of July and NOT talk about Independence Day.
The 4th of July weekend is upon us and I am very, very, excited. Growing up I wasn’t a big 4th of July person to be honest. We’d have a little cookout and go swimming in the neighbors pool and watch fireworks from our deck. As I got older my dad started buying fountains to light in the backyard because my mom prohibited him from buying the ones that launch into the air after my dad may or may not have unintentionally launched one at my cousin before I was born. Anyways, the 4th was always very low key for me. That is, until, I graduated from College. My second year of working I realized that the 4th fell on a Friday which meant I would be getting a long weekend. It seemed like such a waste to not utilize it.
Summer 2014 was our first big 4th of July extravaganza. We decided to pack up and head to Dubuque (where I went to college and yes, I realize I go there a lot) and meet up with my friends from Loras that still lived there to celebrate. We grilled out the night we got there and enjoyed a nice 4th of July booze cruise dressed in our finest US of A clothing. It was a really special weekend for 2 reasons. The first being that I finally got all of my “home” friends with my “college” friends and remarkably they all really meshed well together. It was the start of my giant supergroup of friends. Secondly, it was the start (well, restart kind of) of me and Zack’s relationship. Zack and I had a thing pretty shortly after I graduated from college but I had gotten out of a 2 year relationship and he lived in Iowa and we both unfortunately dropped the ball on making it work. Almost a year had gone by with us being awkward and avoiding each other but the 4th forced us to hang out for the first time in a while. Needless to say it went really well that night because we started dating pretty shortly after that.
Anyways, we went summer 2014 and summer 2015 so naturally we decided to go again for summer 2016. Unfortunately this will probably be our last 4th since it’s on a Monday and it will be our last “long weekend 4th of July” until 2020. We got really drunk at the Derby (see Things I’m excited about that don’t involve cancer #4 here for more info) this year and decided the 4th needed a theme outside of our usual ‘Merica gear. So we all drunkenly decided that this year’s theme would be Dubuquemania. Yes, we are dressing up as wrestlers from the WWF/WWE and going on another booze cruise. Yes, it’s stupid and goofy and ridiculous but my friends take a theme seriously so I imagine this might be the best 4th yet. Besides acting like wrestlers on a boat we’ll also be hitting the beach and watching the city’s fireworks on the 3rd so it’s shaping up to be another amazing weekend with my friends.
Have a great 4th everyone!