However, Matt Bosse's 4th of July Committee wanted someone with Green Credentials to serve in this honorary position, and Midge was chosen. Which is fine, she certainly has made some great contributions to the community and deserves to have been honored.
So after all that, what do Joe Mosca and Matt Bosse show up in for the parade? A full blown V8 Pontiac GTO "Judge." A fine automobile to be sure (dig the spoiler!), but about as far from Green as you can get without walking into the radioactive core of a nuclear power plant.
But if the car was Green Inappropriate, at least the license plate got it right. And honestly, I couldn't have picked a better one if I'd had a week to think about it. "U Guilty." If that doesn't suit this guy perfectly, what does?
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I remember thinking as a kid that my favorite holiday of all was the 4th of July. Christmas was great with presents and the tree and all. Easter meant having to wear uncomfortable clothes, though I did enjoy the chocolate rabbits. Of course, birthdays are a big occasion for kids. Any event where you get that much stuff just for making it though another year is a pretty good deal.
But the 4th of July was different. It was ... relaxed. The parental units acted like us kids, as if the great weight of adulthood had been lifted from them for a moment or two. There was nothing too formal about the day, either. And for kids formal always meant trouble. Like having to sit with your hands folded in your laps listening as your elders spoke to you about the most uninteresting topics imaginable.
But the 4th of July! Now THAT was a whole different ballgame. There was a military parade, there was the village get-together, and then there was fireworks! And ALL the family would show up. It wasn't just the individual clans parked in their houses awaiting seasonal homage, nothing like that. This was about bar-b-que, aunts and uncles, baseball games, and a million kids running amuck, screaming at the tops of their lungs. And having a world of fun because of it. Fire crackers, water pistols, watermelons, and anything else that seemed like a good idea at the time. For kids it really was all about freedom.
The 4th of July was just always so much more fun. See you at the parade!
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One other thing. In the 4th of July special issue of the Loony Views News (distributed downtown just this morning so that all can appreciative its jovial and sincere brand of journalism), Susan Henderson has this heartwarming anecdote to add the the festivities:
"A year or two ago, an elderly woman (85+) with whom I became acquainted, as editor of this newspaper, angrily confronted me in the most violent and hateful manner, yelling and screaming at the top of her lungs because she did not agree with something I wrote or said ... It was frightening to hear this woman, of Jewish descent I must add ..."
Sad to think that our city's adjudicated newspaper is going down that route.
Anyway, Happy 4th of July!
Oh, and in case you can't make it to the fireworks this year, click here.