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Independence Day July 4, 2008

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Do you want to know what the Fourth of July is about?

Go here.

I like Brad’s selective bolding of the text of the Declaration of Independence.

I almost never link AOSHQ, because I figure you all have read it anyway.  But I am going to make an exception, just in case you missed it.  Here’s the link:  England sucks,

I will also repeat something I said in a comment thread below to xbradtc:

By they way, Brad, thank you for your service to our country. On this Fourth of July, I salute you. As a track commander in the U.S. Army, you made people like me safer, and our freedom was more secure.

I mean that sincerely to WickedPinto, Geezer, Cranky, and all of the veterans who visit here.  I kinda skated through the Vietnam War on a student deferment, and it was over when I graduated.  Good for me, but I am grateful for those who served.

Thank you.

(I did serve my country as a clarinet player in a Boy Scout Marching  Band.  The odds of getting shot were not too high.)

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1. Russ from Winterset - July 4, 2008

“(I did serve my country as a clarinet player in a Boy Scout Marching Band. The odds of getting shot were not too high.)”

Shot? No, but playing the clarinet in the Boy Scouts? You were constantly in imminent danger of forced sodomization. The only way to increase your risk would have been to be an altar boy wearing a loincloth & a healthy layer of baby oil.

Happy Fourth of July, everyone. Especially the vets out there. Around midnight or so, I’ll go down the street and blow somethin’ up in your honor.

2. eddiebear - July 4, 2008

Today was a good day. I took my daughter to a local park this afternoon. She had fun. I also went down an enclosed tube slide with her. But, I had my hat on at the time. And I hit my head on part of the slide. I didn’t realize it until later, but the impact of my headon the slide cause that metal button thingy to cut into my head. I only noticed when I took my hat off later, and there was a bunch of blood in my hat. Oh well, I took one for the team.

I just returned from my dad’s house. I bought some fireworks, and he had his arsenal ready as well. Good times.

And my brother called from the Desert. He laughed when I talked to him while I was outside enjoying one of my Montescristo Whites and could hear the late afternoon fireworks in the background. He said it sounded like what he hears every night when he goes to sleep.

3. pajama momma - July 4, 2008

Don’t forget our mesablue!

4. pajama momma - July 4, 2008

I did serve my country as a clarinet player in a Boy Scout Marching Band. The odds of getting shot were not too high

That depends, how good were you?

5. eddiebear - July 4, 2008

Brewfan served as well.

6. PattyAnn - July 4, 2008

^ Eddie was faster than I am. Sorry, Brew.

7. wickedpinto - July 5, 2008

Thanks PJ, I was wondering how they could have overlooked mesa.

No .ove for mesa.

8. geoff - July 5, 2008

But I am going to make an exception, just in case you missed it. Here’s the link: England sucks,

Did you really like that vid? I thought it slammed us continuously.

9. Michael - July 5, 2008

I thought it slammed us continuously.

That’s why it was funny.

10. Michael - July 5, 2008

Here is Michael’s Daily Wisdom™.

There are two kinds of people on this planet:

1. People who laugh at their own foibles.

2. Assholes.

11. cathy - July 5, 2008

Funny vid.

I laughed my asshole off.

*guess I’m both kinds of people*

12. Michael - July 5, 2008

Actually, that was not quite correct.

There are two kinds of people on this planet:

1. Lutherans.

2. People who need some education.

13. Michael - July 5, 2008

Wait, I still did not get that right.

There are two kinds of people on this planet:

1. The French.

2. People who are not assholes.

14. Michael - July 5, 2008

Hold on, I’m still working on this.

There are two kinds of people in the world:

1. WickedPinto.

2. Everyone else.

15. geoff - July 5, 2008

That’s why it was funny.

Well it was amusing, though it took a lot of cheap shots. But at AoSHQ they are treating it as some sort of patriotic hyperbole, rather than a slam at American patriotism.

1. People who laugh at their own foibles.

Does it count if we laugh at the sitemaster’s foibles?

16. Michael - July 5, 2008

There are two kinds of people on this planet:

1. Clarinet players.

2. Children.

3. People who are emotionally mature.

Wait a sec.

*counts on fingers*

17. Michael - July 5, 2008

No .ove for mesa.

For the record, I .ove mesa.

18. cathy - July 5, 2008

There is bravery in clarinet playing.

Or stupidity.

19. geoff - July 5, 2008

*counts on fingers*

There are two types of people on this planet:

1. People who can count to two.

2. Clarinet players.

20. xbradtc - July 5, 2008

There is bravery in clarinet playing.

Hey, you try playin a clarinet with a cracked reed when you’ve got chapped lips! It is hell.

And Michael is killing me this morning..

21. geoff - July 5, 2008

Why the long-standing animosity betwixt brass players and reed-suckers? I can’t speak for others, but for me it all comes down to oompah bands.

See, the trumpet player normally gets great parts:

22. geoff - July 5, 2008

Oops, I somehow posted that before I was ready. Anyway:

Jazz Band: Trumpets rule
Concert Band: Trumpets do very well
Orchestra: Trumpets are completely robbed, but nobody cares because most trumpet players hate the orchestra

But then we come to oompah bands, which should rightfully be the domain of the mighty trumpet. But who do they give the great melodic parts to?

The Clarinet

And the trumpet is left with the trombone to do the off-beats. Boring, sucky off-beats. In the meantime the stupid clarinet player is all over the map, playing his heart out.

Like anybody’s really listening.

So, no truce until clarinets cede the oompah melodies to their rightful owners.

23. eddiebear - July 5, 2008

What about the oboe?

24. PattyAnn - July 5, 2008

“What about the oboe?”

It can’t ‘elp itself.

25. Michael - July 5, 2008

I’m still thinking about this.

There are two kinds of people on this planet:

1. Pedantic nerds who think about stuff too much.

2. People who are not like Geoff.

26. daveintexas - July 5, 2008

There are only two kinds of people in the world. People who insist there are two kinds of people in the world. And people who don’t.

27. geoff - July 5, 2008

1. Pedantic nerds who think about stuff too much.

…that’s what it says on the card.

28. Mr Minority - July 5, 2008

…nerds who think about stuff too much.

Michael, your jealousy is showing.

29. Mr Minority - July 5, 2008

And just to clarify, I too am a Vet, Vietnam Era.

Oh, to also clarify, I did NOT play a clarinet. I was the sound man. You know, that guy that made you sound great….or crappy if you pissed me off.

And if you ask me to adjust your monitor one more time, I will make you sound like Ethel Merman!

30. mesablue - July 5, 2008

I .ove me, too. Almost daily.

31. pajama momma - July 5, 2008
32. cathy - July 5, 2008

Great jazzy sound, PJMomma.

33. Muslihoon - July 5, 2008

I feel so inadequate surrounded by so many vets and military types.

34. Muslihoon - July 5, 2008

On the dexteroblogosphere, bring up the military and people come out of the woodwork, who are or were in the military or whose loved one was or is in the military. The dexteroblogosphere is full of military people.

The sinistroblogosphere? Not so much.

And they call us chicken hawks.

35. cathy - July 5, 2008

feel so inadequate surrounded by so many vets and military types

Musli — you are God’s workmanship, created to do good works which God himself prepared in advance for you to do. (Eph. 2:10)

No worries. You have your own calling, buddy.

36. cranky - July 5, 2008

Why thanks Michael. *hand salute to wicked and fellow vets* End of this month will be 35 years since I went to Basic and just a few days ago was the eleventh anniversary of my retirement from the military. I still miss it, I always will. I’m lucky to live in a military town so I’m still close to my ‘family’.

Y’all take care. I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth and still has all of their appendages.

37. pajama momma - July 5, 2008

Great jazzy sound, PJMomma

Aw thanks Cathy. I loves me some ska music.

38. daveintexas - July 5, 2008

And those of you who served, thank you. God bless.

39. Retired Geezer - July 6, 2008

that metal button thingy to cut into my head.

That’s the first thing I do when I get a new ballcap, pry off that button. Comes from years of wearing a headset during shows. That sucker will put a permanent dent in your head.

40. wickedpinto - July 6, 2008

feel so inadequate surrounded by so many vets and military types

Musli — you are God’s workmanship, created to do good works which God himself prepared in advance for you to do. (Eph. 2:10)

No worries. You have your own calling, buddy.

Nah, he should feel inadequate.

Service RULES!!!!

That whole workmanship stuff, is just meant to make people who are either remarkably ugly, or borderline retarded feel good.

41. wickedpinto - July 6, 2008

It’s NOT your fault musli, and you should blame Cathy for leading you on with the idea that you aren’t inadequate, you are.

After all, you are south asian, living in America, we know, ALREADY that you are inadequate in one way.

It’s NOT your fault that you you are who you are, but I can’t stand by to hear you being given a suicide mission.

Unless, I am imediately sent a puppy and a pet friendly lease.


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