Thursday, July 05, 2007

4th Of July In Clear Lake

As Iowa goes there is only one place to be on the 4th of July and that place is CLEAR LAKE!

The day begins with the best parade in the state. This year was no exception! The only wrinkle was that the "Billary Road Show" was in town and the former President and his wife were walking in the parade, that in its self really bogged down the process in the beginning. They were the 5th or 6th unit in the parade and they were just creeping alone with the heard of protection, media and them pretending to enjoy the experience.

Sidebar: Bill Clinton got some serious WHITE hair! Dude was glowing in the sunshine! Almost hurt your eyes to look at him. This morning on "Fox & Friends" they compared him to Bob Barker!!! What a riot!

Once the "Billary Road Show" got off the main stage the parade was off and running. And as always everyone had a great time. Now I need to mention a special thanks to Ivan and Brenda for letting us invade their yard for the parade and a special thanks to all who brought goodies! Patty, your caramel pecan rolls were excellent, my new favorite!

After the parade we headed back to the house for a bit of lunch and to begin preparations for the cook out at John and Mary's. This year the Cox's brought marinated chicken breast & the fixing's for Italian sausage sandwiches. Good food and great fellowship!

After supper we made our way to the church and then walked down to the lake front for the annual 4th of July fireworks display. Clear Lake has a great fireworks show every year and this year was no exception. The local paper said that there was $50,000 worth of fireworks this year and it was an incredible show! The concussion from the really large shells was powerful, you literally could feel the shock wave.

After the fireworks we headed back to the church for the final activity of the day. Waiting for the inevitable car accident at the corner by the church. If you have ever been to the Clear Lake Baptist Church you know that it is located on a weird configured intersection. Now before you get all "your sick waiting for an accident" on me; you need to know that there has been an accident at that corner the past two years and this year we were prepared and ready to call for the police if needed. The good news is that there was NO accident this year and everyone behaved themselves and got through safely! There were still plenty of close calls and near misses but in the end ... all was safe on our corner!

What a great day! Time spent with friends, remembering the price of our political freedom, enjoying food, fun & fellowship. At least that's the way I see it!


Str8Arrow said...

It is nice to hear that you had a good 4th. I will be writing about our 4th later on my blog.

The nice thing about having the comrades Clinton in Clear Lake is that they were not in Iowa Falls. :o)

Glock40shooter said...

I must admit to being a little jealous about your 4th of July. No, I don't mean Billary, I'm talking about the good time waiting around for a car accident. You Baptists really know how to have a good time. By the way, were the fireworks the pyrotechnic kind, or were Bill and Hillary having an argument about who looked better in the parade:)

I too am thankful for the freedoms we enjoy, and take for granted in this country. Perfect we are not, but I would challenge you to find a better country in the world in which to live. Remember to pray for the troops!

PS the Mrs says hello

Steve Cox said...

I could not agree with you more Bill!

Thanks for your comments!!

Nick O said...

isn't the 4th in Clear Lake wonderful. It was my 4th and still great