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    Saturday in the early hours of the morning I will be picking up two good friends from Honolulu. I have never met their ladies but have played music in groups with these guys. Once I have got them settled in the Marriot in Liverpool to sleep off their jet lag John Lennon airport is busy 24/7.
    I am doing a meal for the 4 of them and then giving them a tour of the Cavern Club.
    What fantastic stamina you Hawaians have ! Sunday evening, they are flying off again to Derry airport in Ireland, where they will then make their way to County Cork.

    Just a bit of news about hands across these puddles.


    p.s There will not be a N. Korean in sight with my mob here. Have a lovey and ejoyable day without a care in the world. That decrepid old Korean would not dare to send missiles at my friends. He knows we can't nuke him because of China. Yet that does not stop us going in with our special forces. Don't know if my email go through to him ? "You hurta my mates,,, I smacka you gob."
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    Happy Independence Day to all!

    I will be getting my American Flag out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Betsey View Post
    Happy Independence Day to all!

    I will be getting my American Flag out.
    Mahalo Betsey. I hear y'all in Britain celibrate it as Thanksgiving Day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    Mahalo Betsey. I hear y'all in Britain celibrate it as Thanksgiving Day!

    Yes ! It's Thanksgiving for us. The Pilgrim fathers would not have survived that first winter without the help of Native Americans. They were shown how catch and cook Turkeys and other wild plants to eat.
    We still eat Turkey on the 4th July but I am doing a special meal for some American buddies tomorrow. Chicken with cherries.

    Black forest gateau to follow (which I bought )

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    Here in Ocean Beach, San Diego, the Police have again cordoned off the parking lot for the beach by the lifeguard tower. It will be a command center where officers will observe, arrest, process, and detain taxpayer/prisoners who dare to exercise the freedom to drink a beer on the beach. It used to be legal, but voters voted to make drinking on the beach illegal, even if you are not causing a problem, which the vast majority of beach drinkers do not. Our city whimpers endlessly about never having enough money but it has enough to squander on overtime for Police to observe, arrest, etc, the taxpayers engaging in yet another victimless crime. If you want to destroy somebody's freedom, just put it on the ballot, the voters will never let you down. So it is appropriate that the taxpayers will not be able to go to the beach to celebrate their freedom. If they voted it away for other people why should they have any for themselves? Of course there will be some parking available, a couple of miles away from the beach, high on the hills and quite inconvenient. Be careful what you wish for, be equally carefully what you vote for. Freedom isn't Free. How did this ever become a country by, for, and of busybodies? And more to the point, WHY?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalalau View Post
    Here in Ocean Beach, San Diego, the Police have again cordoned off the parking lot for the beach by the lifeguard tower. It will be a command center where officers will observe, arrest, process, and detain taxpayer/prisoners who dare to exercise the freedom to drink a beer on the beach. It used to be legal, but voters voted to make drinking on the beach illegal, even if you are not causing a problem, which the vast majority of beach drinkers do not. Our city whimpers endlessly about never having enough money but it has enough to squander on overtime for Police to observe, arrest, etc, the taxpayers engaging in yet another victimless crime. If you want to destroy somebody's freedom, just put it on the ballot, the voters will never let you down. So it is appropriate that the taxpayers will not be able to go to the beach to celebrate their freedom. If they voted it away for other people why should they have any for themselves? Of course there will be some parking available, a couple of miles away from the beach, high on the hills and quite inconvenient. Be careful what you wish for, be equally carefully what you vote for. isn't Free.Freedom

    "Be careful what you wish for, be equally carefully what you vote for. isn't Free.Freedom "

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    Happy 4th, All!

    Getting geared up for a full on culinary battle here, I have an estimated 2k people RSVP'd for our annual 4th of July rooftop party, 3 blocks off the mall and 5 from the monument makes for some great firework viewing!
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    Happy 4th of July!

    The History and Military channels are airing all day programs about the American Revolution.

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    Just watched a TV prog of how it started with the 'Boston Tea Party.'

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    We'll be going to Nehelani at Scholfield for BBQ and grinds. Last year, Billy Ray Cyrus entertained everyone in the field. I don't know who the special guest is this year. Tonight, our Ohana celebrate by ourselves...my son leaves for Kentucky on Monday.

    God Bless The United States of AMERICA!

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    Happy 4th everybody!!! I wish I was in Hawaii, but I'm in Hollywood. At least I managed to find a red, white and blue lei!!
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    Happy Independence Day. Celebrate Freedom. Celebrate America.
    God Bless the USA.


    Photo taken last night at Aloha Tower fireworks show. (Larger)

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    HAPPY 4TH!

    Sure wish we could be celebrating there, but we're at home in LA. It's hot, clear and quiet so far. Be thankful for this wonderful country we call home...MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA!!

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    Happy Independence Day for Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Green Party people, Socialists, and Communists(well, maybe not Communists).

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    I thought this was one of the best e-mails in my inbox today:

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    Subj: A day to celebrate and aspire‏
    From: President Barack Obama (info@barackobama.com)
    Sent: Sat 7/04/09 7:54 AM


    This weekend, our family will join millions of others in celebrating America. We will enjoy the glow of fireworks, the taste of barbeque, and the company of good friends. As we all celebrate this weekend, let's also remember the remarkable story that led to this day.

    Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, our nation was born when a courageous group of patriots pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the proposition that all of us were created equal.

    Our country began as a unique experiment in liberty -- a bold, evolving quest to achieve a more perfect union. And in every generation, another courageous group of patriots has taken us one step closer to fully realizing the dream our founders enshrined on that great day.

    Today, all Americans have a hard-fought birthright to a freedom which enables each of us, no matter our views or background, to help set our nation's course. America's greatness has always depended on her citizens embracing that freedom -- and fulfilling the duty that comes with it.

    As free people, we must each take the challenges and opportunities that face this nation as our own. As long as some Americans still must struggle, none of us can be fully content. And as America comes ever closer to achieving the perfect Union our founders dreamed, that triumph -- that pride -- belongs to all of us.

    So today is a day to reflect on our independence, and the sacrifice of our troops standing in harm's way to preserve and protect it. It is a day to celebrate all that America is. And today is a time to aspire toward all we can still become.

    With very best wishes,

    President Barack Obama

    July 4th, 2009

    P.S. -- Our nation's birthday is also an ideal time to consider serving in your local community. You can find many great ideas for service opportunities near you at http://www.serve.gov.
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    Happy birthday to you...*insert cymbal sound*
    Happy birthday TO yooooooou...*insert double cymbal sound*
    Happy birthday dear AMERICA...*insert drum roll*
    Happy birthday to you...*insert full rendition of "God Bless America"*

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    Quote Originally Posted by mel View Post
    Happy Independence Day. Celebrate Freedom. Celebrate America.
    God Bless the USA.


    Photo taken last night at Aloha Tower fireworks show. (Larger)

    great shots Mel. We didn't make it to the fireworks display in Hilo so these pics are nice to see.
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    We had a good ol' boys 4th. Since our stupid HOA banned fireworks in our neighborhood even though we live outside the city limits and technically can't do that (they sent out a letter two days ago amending this and saying that we can set them off on our own property, but not the street or the sidewalk), we went up to some friend of a friend's boss's ranch, shooed away the donkeys and set off over $1200 worth of fireworks. No sparklers for us! We put on an awesome show and all "my boys" were happy because they got to blow up lots of stuff. (we were all very safe about it, don't worry)

    Happy 4th!!

    Can't think of anything creative this time


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalalau View Post
    Here in Ocean Beach, San Diego, the Police have again cordoned off the parking lot for the beach by the lifeguard tower. It will be a command center where officers will observe, arrest, process, and detain taxpayer/prisoners who dare to exercise the freedom to drink a beer on the beach. It used to be legal, but voters voted to make drinking on the beach illegal, even if you are not causing a problem, which the vast majority of beach drinkers do not. Our city whimpers endlessly about never having enough money but it has enough to squander on overtime for Police to observe, arrest, etc, the taxpayers engaging in yet another victimless crime. If you want to destroy somebody's freedom, just put it on the ballot, the voters will never let you down. So it is appropriate that the taxpayers will not be able to go to the beach to celebrate their freedom. If they voted it away for other people why should they have any for themselves? Of course there will be some parking available, a couple of miles away from the beach, high on the hills and quite inconvenient. Be careful what you wish for, be equally carefully what you vote for. Freedom isn't Free. How did this ever become a country by, for, and of busybodies? And more to the point, WHY?
    Luckily, the whole country isn't like that... yet. There's 49 other states, a few territories, and if you check out their laws you will see that more freedom exists in some than in others. Unfortunately many of the more popular places, or more metropolitan places have less freedom.

    Check out New Hampshire, where the motto is "Live Free or Die!" Check out some of the Southern East Coast and the mountain states. They all have more freedom than Hawaii or California.

    Maybe it's time to move!

    Friends of mine are begging me to come to South America, where I can find real freedom again..... (but I don't believe them).
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    ...and if you live on Oahu you must have, the two late night and exceedingly loud explosions at least an hour apart in town?
    Don't know if these were aerials or mere concussives, but they were two of the loudest sounds I've heard in years. Might have been detonated near the mountain sides as there wasn't any echo from my vantage point near McKinley.
    Funny, this year there were virtually no pre 4th illegals that I heard, but Wahiawa nearby Schofield was choke with on the 4th, and the two biggies made up for the lack otherwise. They were intense! No word from the media about damage that I've seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    ...and if you live on Oahu you must have, the two late night and
    exceedingly loud explosions at least an hour apart in town?
    Don't know if these were aerials or mere concussives, but they were two of the loudest sounds I've heard in years. Might have been detonated near the mountain sides as there wasn't any echo from my vantage point near McKinley.
    Funny, this year there were virtually no pre 4th illegals that I heard, but Wahiawa nearby Schofield was choke with on the 4th, and the two biggies made up for the lack otherwise. They were intense! No word from the media about damage that I've seen.
    I heard one over here on the Windward side. Loud, but distant. I wondered what it was!

    Every 1st and 4th I was in the habit of taping one end of an 8" diameter 6' long cardboard carpet tube, punching in a cannon fuse hole near the closed end, filling it with a mixture of air and acetylene from my brazing torch, plugging my ears and touching it off with a sparker.

    It was loud. People on Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps station could hear it, and for 3 valleys up the coast as well as in Hui Iwa and Temple Valley.

    Directed upwards it didn't blow out any windows, but echoed off the mountains, and I guess the parabolic shape of the valley helped.

    Safe, as long as you didn't get in front of the open end, and legal (for those holidays, anyway).
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    We used to do similarly in Waikane Valley in the late 90s. Had a rig to hold a ballon filled with the gas and another arm to hold the punk with a VERY long string to pull on for the 'trigger'. That's the last time I heard anything comparable to the two I mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    We used to do similarly in Waikane Valley in the late 90s. Had a rig to hold a ballon filled with the gas and another arm to hold the punk with a VERY long string to pull on for the 'trigger'. That's the last time I heard anything comparable to the two I mentioned.
    And I thought it was my echo!
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    Your's were probably louder than ours, no real compression with a balloon, but in the general vicinity nothing rivaled our gas bangers, and certainly not as loud as the two cracks the other night. I mean, when everything had quieted down around 10/11pm the first just ripped the air apart, and the same for the 2nd. Painful to the mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    when everything had quieted down around 10/11pm the first just ripped the air apart, and the same for the 2nd.
    Are those the silent, but deadly ones? You don't know who dealt it.

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