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» Monday, July 04, 2005Happy Independence Day!
We're watching the Atlanta "Salute to America" parade. At the beginning they surprised several families by bringing their spouses home from Iraq. ::sniffle:: The parade is supposedly being broadcast in HD; we don't have an HD receiver yet, so we're not enjoying the effect. Indeed, I think the cameraman doesn't know how to manageall the long shots are overexposed. After this is over, it will be time for our annual 1776 viewing.
Pidgie is making enough noise today to overwhelm firework noise and buzzing me and landing on the keyboard. So far he has typed an "i" and a "[" twice. (What that means I have no idea.) Mom is downstairs with us and trying to eat some Rice Krispies. James is in the kitchen preparing the boneless ribs for the crock pot.
Later [10:55]: the ribs were great. Mom still didn't eat much. Sigh.
We spent the evening going from concert to concert. Started with A Capitol Fourth; the show isn't bad, but for our nation's capital the fireworks aren't much. It ended just in time for us to see the fireworks from Lenox Square. They went all out with bright lights, mostly orange. I turned to James at one point and said, "It looks like Sherman came back."
Finished the night with what CBS shows of the Boston Pops performance; as always they come in right at the end of "The 1812 Overture." At least we didn't miss the patriotic singalong. Then somebody named Hard and Rich and somebody else named Cowboy something or other sang real loud.
This year's fireworks were quite good: along with the "saturns" (round purple shapes with gold rings) and the usual chrysanthemums, willows, and fountains, they had smiley faces, concentric circles, and shapes that looked like outlined cubes. Also something that looked like a multicolor Christmas wreath. Harry Smith and his co-host shut up during the fireworks. The shots of the crowd were a little less intrusive this year, but they were still there, and the motion of the camera was almost nauseatingand they still don't tell you what the music is that's playing. However, they get major points for showing the fireworks with no commercial breaks. Can we hope for a steadier camera and close-captions for the music next year?