Random thoughts on Independence Day

hotdog flagAside from Thanksgiving, this is one of my favorite holidays. It’s not about gift giving. It’s about celebrating good times, hanging out with friends and family. It’s about celebrating the idea that things can get better if we decide to make them that way. Maybe that’s a simplified view of what our forefathers did back in 1776, but it feels like the intention.

There’s no right way to celebrate Independence Day. You do what makes you happy. Most of us go to a barbeque, drink beer, and shoot off fireworks. Some of us watch movies all day long. Others have to work, tip them well if you use their services today. Since this holiday is midweek, I’ll be right back there tomorrow, hangover and all.

The one thing I don’t like is the potluck. Being a single person, I tend to get the shaft…metaphorically speaking anyway. Everyone else is either coupled or family-ed, so they have more than one person in their group, yet they bring the same amount of side dish as I am expected to…it just seems unfair to me from a monetary standpoint. Things should be divided a little more equally. I’m not bringing as many guests to the party as anyone else, so I should either get a little slack thrown my way or everyone else should bring more baked beans to share.

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