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Act of God

Posted on 2008.07.05 at 12:20
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Armstrong - The Incredible Hulk
I jumped out of bed early July 4th, chopped and sautéed fistsfulls of fresh vegetables in preparation for a garden omelette, did my free weights, followed by an hour on the treadmill, cleaned the kitchen and stove, took a shower, got the kids ready, opened the garage door and stared at the place my car was supposed to be.

glodowg had driven me home the night before. jesskd26 then had to pick up the kids and I (thank you) where we met with her mother and drax0r's mother for an Independence Day meal. The grilled brats & cheesewurst were fantastic, and the burgers to die for. And of course, Mr. Bock was in attendance, right where I'd left him the night before.

The President of the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce, wanting to maximize income from the meticulously planned and executed city-wide 4th of July celebration event had beseeched drax0r and I to sit in the dunking booth, as the draw from us would likely be greater than any other single person, excepting perhaps the Mormon prohibitionist-leader councilman who I drunk-dialed the night before when I heard he'd withdrawn his name from the dunk tank last minute (as is his legacy; surprise votes completely contrary to his word) and as City Council meetings are held every other Tuesday night here, I ended the conversation with an overly enthusiastic, "SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY" before I realized what I'd actually connoted. Which in turn made me giggle.

There was only one other request concerning the dunk tank: That I wear pigtails.

jesskd26's mother dolled me up in no less than four - one on each side, one out back, and on right on top. Children were frightened of my visage when they came in contact with me, and people who did not know me eyed me suspiciously. But right before I was to crawl into the tank, we had a lighting storm that would rival the destruction of Rome from the movie The Day after Tomorrow. Although online maps showed the storm only over Anna, and moving quickly, rain followed the lighting with some fierceness as it pelted the city, followed again by more lighting once the rain had subsided. The celebration event had been terminated prematurely, and without a single shot being fired across my bow.

I spent the rest of the day in bed drinking Scottish Ale and watching Season Two of Criminal Minds. I don't really know what it is you people do, but I hope you have as much fun in life as I do.


Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2008-07-05 17:34 (UTC) (Link)
Pictures or it didn't happen.

I spent yesterday pretending I didn't have the day off, and working... and then reflecting a bit on how I feel about the country, and why I think I'm wrong to have such a negative opinion and feel so sour on July 4th. Oh yeah, and I saw a bad-ass concert last night by a band I'd only ever seen in Pittsburgh before. :-P
drax0r at 2008-07-05 18:30 (UTC) (Link)
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2008-07-05 19:02 (UTC) (Link)
OK, it did happen. :-)
drax0r at 2008-07-05 19:41 (UTC) (Link)
My wife has indicated that this is a poor way to link to multiple files. Go figure.

ehowton at 2008-07-05 20:07 (UTC) (Link)
Made sense to me.
drax0r at 2008-07-05 20:30 (UTC) (Link)
BTW, I got my Imperial pint glasses & my growler today.

I think the beer tastes better out of these glasses.
ehowton at 2008-07-05 21:26 (UTC) (Link)
I look forward to testing your theory. Say, 1900 hours?
drax0r at 2008-07-05 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
Do it.

Do it now.
irulan_amy at 2008-07-05 21:10 (UTC) (Link)
I am so glad there are pictures. :D
ehowton at 2008-07-06 04:44 (UTC) (Link)
Pictures never lie.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-07-06 07:15 (UTC) (Link)
Unless they are altered!!!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-07-05 19:35 (UTC) (Link)
You're one lucky bastard.

Happy fourth!
ehowton at 2008-07-05 21:04 (UTC) (Link)
Luck has nothing to do with it. I simply choose to maintain an exceptional attitude under a variety of circumstances. After doing this until its second nature, it becomes automatic, and you're able to enjoy doing just about anything. Another side effect is that people like you, because you're friendly. And as you meet and interact with new people, you find kindred souls which becomes mutually beneficial and further completes your life.

But thank you.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-07-05 21:08 (UTC) (Link)
While I don't disagree with the points that you have made here, in no way was your attitude responsible for the weather unless you choose to believe that the Great God who formed all things saved you from getting a dunking by giving you a shower instead.
ehowton at 2008-07-05 21:26 (UTC) (Link)
As usual, sir, you've missed the point entirely. I don't consider myself 'lucky' because of the storm. I relish in everything I do, even sitting in the dunk tank.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-07-06 07:18 (UTC) (Link)
"you find kindred souls which becomes mutually beneficial and further completes your life."

I'm one of those!!!
irulan_amy at 2008-07-05 21:11 (UTC) (Link)
Saved by lightning!

Though if it's anywhere close to as hot as it is here, I would be grateful of a dunk tank.

Love the pigtails btw. You've inspired me to put my hair in pigtails today; only two though.

TOday is super kick back day. Computer time and movies with minimal chores. Aaaahhh...
ehowton at 2008-07-05 21:24 (UTC) (Link)
My wife wore braided pigtails yesterday. It made me want her.
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