Happy 4th of July

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more”   John Adams July 3rd 1776   


July 4th 1776 was the day that America adopted the Declaration of Independence and marked the birth of our Nation. Just last week, at the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific in Oahu,  I am reminded of the price of our liberty and freedom. Every 7 years, the 4th of July lands on a Friday and this year marks such an occasion.  Gina and I had a couple choices for celebration and we decided on going to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for there Friday night free concert.  We planed a late night dinner on the beach and caught the TUBES performing at the boardwalk.

I was a big fan of the Tubes in college and the concert brought back lots of great memories.  Fee Waybill,  lead singer of the TUBES looked the same.  I guess all those drugs preserved him.   What is it with old self abusing rockers not aging?  After the concert,  we had dinner at Ideal Bar and Grill which was a lot better than its yelp and foursquare review if you ask me.   Maybe I was just cold and enjoyed the live band, dancing and atmosphere.   Waiter was great and it was one of the best Friday nights in a long time.  We ended up driving home well after midnight.  There were so many illegal fireworks on the beach from the time the concert started at 8:30 till we left around 1:00am.

Speaking of Fireworks, last week I was amazed at the drone footage I took at Christmas Island. Check out this drone footage of Firework from within the Fireworks. Just awesome work. Flying that high at night First Person View take balls.  How you can navigate back on instruments or by FPV monitor alone seems crazy difficult. Perhaps he used a laser pointer to orient himself.


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