Flashback Friday: Feeling Red, White, and Blue

Today I'm participating in Flashback Friday, a new blog carnival that started this week over at My Tiny Kingdom. The theme this week is Feeling Red, White, and Blue, and since I'm working on under two hours of sleep in the last 36 hours (a long story I'm not ready to share without liberal use of the f-word, so I'll hold off until that urge passes), I'm going literal here and telling you the story of my favorite Independence Day as an adult.

First, I must explain that I, and this is also true of my family and friends, am a major geek. That being said, we often get together with my parents and some of our friends to play Settlers of Catan, which is a super fun strategy board game. We're also super competitive about it, and what better way is there to ramp up the competitive fun than with liberal amounts of libations?

So there we are, 4th of July, and instead of picnicking in the park or attending a backyard barbeque, we're in the dining room, playing Settlers, and drinking white russians like it's our job. At some point, we realize that it's gotten dark outside and, hey, come to think of it, that sounds like fireworks! Maybe we should go see if we can watch.

My parents live right down the street from my hometown's country club, which puts on quite the display every 4th. If you go out into the middle of the street that's perpendicular to the one my parents live on, you can actually watch the entire display. Which is how five loopy adults ended up standing in the middle of the street going "Oooohhh" and "Ahhhhh" (pre-requisite noises to make while watching fireworks, of course). We watched almost the entire show, before Aaron's best friend declared that standing was too much work and laid down in the middle of the street to watch.

It's a really good thing that my parents live in a small town and everyone that was out was already at the fireworks display. It's also a good thing that I have good bladder control, because the way he made the declaration and his flop to the ground was enough to send me into fits of giggles right then and for the rest of the night.

So, while we might not be 4th of July "Traditionalists", we sure now how to have a good time, and isn't having fun with family and friends what holidays are all about? I sure think so, and in that case, we're awesome at it.

Now, go read the posts by the other fabulous ladies participating in this week's Flashback Friday!


anneglamore said...
January 16, 2009 at 4:54 PM

That's totally my kind of 4th of July! But I'll bring gin if that's ok!

Tater Mama said...
January 16, 2009 at 6:48 PM

That sounds like a great way to spend the 4th! I enjoyed the story very much! I grew up in a small town, too, where lying down in the street would be a fairly safe thing to do!

Cassie said...
January 16, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Good story! I've had many similar nights, only swap out the Settlers of Catan for Cranium.

Aaaaand, now I want a white Russian.

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