Friday, June 30, 2006

GalPals July 4 Meme

I've generally been anywhere between indifferent and soured when it comes to 4th of July activities. I rank it with New Year's which, if you know me, means that it's ranked pretty low. But I figured the GalPals have a meme that caught me in the right mood and I'm always willing to give holidays I don't like another shot. So here goes...

1) Do you celebrate 4th of July (or some other holiday representing independence?) Yeah. I eat a hot dog, watch some fireworks, and get up the next morning without much change in my life at all. This is off to a bad start. Maybe I shouldn't play. But yes, I celebrate, but without much flag-waving or pomp. I'm just not into patriotic holidays, aside from the excuse to eat and be with people. That's really the main reason I don't care that much about July 4th.

2) When was the first time you felt independent, if ever? I think it was when I learned how to tie my shoes. I didn't have to run to my parents to get them to do it any more.

3) If you're hosting a cookout, what's on the grill? Hamburgers and hot dogs. No need to get fancy.

4) Strawberry Shortcake -- biscuit or sponge cake? Discuss. I don't think I've ever experienced The Biscuit. So I'll go with spongecake.

5) Fireworks -- best and worst experience All right. I'll go backwards. My worst experience was when I walked around my hometown's festival now many years ago. My girlfriend at the time was two hours away for some reason. Meanwhile, I wound up seeing my ex-girlfriend with the guy she'd eventually marry, being all snuggly and gross. It was at that moment that it fully hit me that we'd both moved on. But that's selfish, because I would've done the same thing if my girlfriend HAD been around. But now I'm married to someone completely different, so who gives a crap any more?

My best experience is any time I went to visit my grandparents in Michigan. My grandfather was big into fireworks, and he'd light a few in the street outside their house (just little bottle rockets or anything like that). I've been thinking about those moments a lot the past week or two. So there's a redeeming quality about July 4th: it reminds me of fun times with my grandparents.