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A Boomin' Good Holiday, July Fourth! (Johnny Writes.)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, July 03, 2007

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Johnny is keyed up about tomorrow, the Fourth of July: lots of fun times ahead for him and his family.

On that note, dear readers, let me wish y'all a very happy and SAFE Fourth of July! Have fun!

Will be back soon; membership fixin' to run out the day after tomorrow; have a sponser, but gotta' wait a bit. I will miss y'all. :(

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July. Tomorrow our nation will be celebrating her birthday. Come tomorrow, America will be one year older--and another year greater! :)


It's that patriotic time of year, the July Fourth holiday. Many people will be off work, spending the holiday with family and friends. It will be time for parades, firecrackers, fireworks exploding in the night time sky, contests, picnics, concerts nearly all day, flyovers from military jet planes, airshows, salutes to the war fallen (or injured), and much, much more.


I have always loved the Fourth of July, but I really don't care for the fireworks (oh, they are pretty, but they sure are NOISY!), the sirens from the rescue vehicles during the parade, or the cannons going off: it makes my hearing aids squeal something firece; I then get blinding headaches (not to mention, horrible earaches). Yet the worst by far are the military jets flying overhead; whenever they go over, I swear my ears are bleeding!! It hurts. It really, really HURTS!


Our city (Nashville, Tennessee) has a huge patriotic celebration (Nashville Fourth of July BLAST!) (held at different locations throughout the city, but the main activities are held at Centennial Park, like the patriotic program and the fireworks afterwards; those are held in the evening). The parade is usually in the morning, between 9 and 10 a.m., with the rest of the activities of the day starting up immediately after the parade has ended.


During any point of the day, one can snack on picnic food, partake in contests ranging from races, eating contests, a "beautiful legs" contest, baby race type of contests, beauty pageants for all ages, and greased-pole climbs, listen to all kinds of music ranging from country/western, jazz, rock, rap/R & B/soul, gospel, even polka and Cajun (I perform tomorrow from 12:30 to 1:00; I sing again tomorrow during the patriotic program in the evening; I will be singing Lee Greenwood's song, "God Bless The U.S.A"), and even ride midway rides (those are mostly for the little kids, but they do have some rides for us older kids, so we don't feel left out from the fun).


Lots of activities crammed into one, fun-packed, action-filled day, as you can see.


I am looking forward to it, especially since I don't get out as much as I would like to because of health. Still, anything is better than worrying about friends being sick (like Rebekkah or Susie) or watching the paint peel from the walls from the heat and sun! I will be gone all day; probably will end up getting sunburnt, too, like I always do. (Note to self: Johnny, pack up extra sunscreen and aloe sunburn cream; me thinks you are gonna' need it!!)


I love seeing my friends at the festival; you never know who is going to show up at the parade, the festival, or at the picnic grounds; that's what makes the Fourth of July all the more exciting--if it isn't already exciting enough!


Of course, mamma and daddy will be busy keeping an eye on us, their army. They will be working harder than anyone else I know. Oh, they'll have fun, don't get me wrong, but they will be more busier keeping us out of trouble! With so much to see (and do), it is easy to get into trouble! :) Just times that by sixty kids; then you'll see what they have to go through! WHEE! LOL


I wonder what Opal, Emma-Ruth, Muhammed, Vijay, and Bjorn will think of all the noise (not to mention, the fireworks). I bet Bjorn will be terrified, but the one I am most worried about is my baby brother, Muhammed. I think he will be thinking of when he was back in Iraq; the fireworks will probably remind him of bombs going off. Not good. Mamma is going to have her hands full with Muhammed, that is for sure!


Ronee' will probably be basking in recognition, since she was on "America's Got Talent" recently. She will probably be signing autographs besides performing tomorrow. I wish I could have gotten on that show, but I don't know if I could have faced the judges (particularly Piers Morgan; he is nasty at times!). I probably would have peed my pants, passed out, or puked all over the stage; that'd be more like something I would do! LOL


The weather is supposed to be sunny to partly cloudy with pop up showers in the afternoon; yet nothing to worry about, not like what they've been experiencing in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri, thanks to a pesky low pressure that's hung around for a while now. These states have had massive flooding of biblical proportions, and many people have died in the floodwaters. It's really been bad there. And in the meantime, here we are in a drought; we can't buy a drop of rain, it seems like! At least the fireworks and other activities are still on; that's what I'm most concerned about!


Even though the fireworks bother my ears, I still enjoy the multicolored shells boomin' overhead in the night sky! That's probably my biggest favorite thing about the Fourth--oh, that, and all that yummy food! YUMMO! :)


Well, I am going to go now. Have fun tomorrow, stay safe, and Have a very happy Fourth of July! May it be your best one EVER!


~Love, your friend, Johnny Sandusky. :)


Happy Birthday, the United States of America!! And God bless her, too! :)


 


 


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Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 7/5/2007
Enjoyed this wonderful write my friend, sounds like a wonderful celebration. God bless and happy fourth to you and Karla!
Blessings from Kentucky,
Joyce B.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 7/4/2007
Happy Bithday America .. Great write Karen..As usual you bring your characters to life............M
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 7/4/2007
A Spectacular write for our Spectacular Celebrations of our Sovereign LORD's blessing to this Nation, Karla!

I agree with Johnny about the noise. It genuinely hurts my head, too.

God bless and keep you safe, till you return!
Love&Hugs,&Prayers, Rhonda
Reviewed by d. k 7/4/2007
A wonderful write! I'll be thinking of you all having a super July 4th holiday!! Yes, the fireworks are something aren't they! Do take care ladies!!

Smiles,
Dorothy
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/3/2007
Johnny sure can write up a storm! great to read him again!;-) Happy fourth Karen and Karla, enjoy the day,and I'm praying it will be dry!

ET
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/3/2007
May you have a blessed Fourth Karen and Karla
God Bless
Michelle~
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/3/2007
Happy and safe 4 th to you and your "family"!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/3/2007
Tell Johnny to let his friends know he is turning his hearing aids off while the fire works are booming. Excellent write and you also have a Happy and Safe 4th of July. God Bless you.
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar 7/3/2007
Happy anniversary. I hope USA will become greater.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/3/2007
Happy Fourth of July, Karen; a boomin' good write! :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.


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