It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth…

Hello, everyone!  I hope all my American friends had a wonderful Independence Day weekend, and that all my international friends had a wonderful watch-the-Americans-get-drunk-and-blow-their-fingers-to-bits-with-fireworks weekend.  All my fingers are still intact, thank you for asking, and I left the fireworks to the professionals.

fireworks

My dad and my sister came up for the holiday, and we caught the always-spectacular display at NARA park in Acton.  It’s become a yearly tradition, and it never disappoints, even if I was forced to serve as a mosquito buffet for a few hours.

Oliver was excited by his visitors and very, very pleased that I could spend the whole long weekend waiting on him hand and foot.  Here he is as I fulfilled my daily admiration quota, camera in hand.

oliver

 

On Saturday, I took a trip to Old Sturbridge Village with my friends Ernesto and Kevin, because nothing is better in a 96 degree heat wave than visiting an outdoor tourist attraction designed around the non-air conditioned 1830’s.  Despite the dust and heat and generally icky sweatiness, it’s a wonderful living museum and a highly recommended way to spend the day.  Just go in like, October, so you don’t broil.

We were lucky enough to catch an early American folk music concert, presented by a group of costumed (and overheated) volunteers.  They sang everything from William Billings to Yankee Doodle, and it was a very nice little interlude.  The elderly among them get a great deal of credit for not succumbing to heat stroke.

concert

 

And I saw a rooster!

rooster

 

Anyway, the purpose of this little photo essay is simply to say that I had a very nice extended weekend, full of Americana and patriotism and all that jazz.  Massachusetts is a pretty great place to experience the history of our nation without overwhelming dogma.  And I got to try on a bonnet in the gift shop, so you don’t get fairer than that.

Now the vacation is over, and I’m back to buffing and polishing The Spoil of Zanuth-Karun for its debut next Monday.  It’s gonna be pretty great, you guys.  Really.  I can’t wait.

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