Happy Independence Day!

I’ve been sticking pretty tightly to all comics-related posts of late, but given that it’s the 4th of July, I’ll let that slide:  Happy Independence Day, all!

We spent the morning of this fourth of July at our neighborhood “parade,” which might be more accurately described as, “flag- and crepe paper-encrusted kids, dogs and bikes travelling around the block several times while someone plays Sousa marches on a boombox.”  It’s great fun.  We get the streets blocked off, do a pot luck/grill-out for the whole neighborhood, and arrange for the local firehouse to send an engine over (in exchange for a go at the potluck table, of course).  Here’s my daughter in her patriotic regalia:

In the evening we finished off the day in typical American fashion for the fourth: grilling.  Here’s an obscenely loaded dinner plate featuring lots o’ grilled stuff: grilled tuna steaks and sea scallops topped with salsa made from a friend’s garden tomatoes, grilled vegetables and corn, and a ripe avocado.

Livin’ large in the USA!


  1. Kyle says:

    Dude, we need to move! Your neighborhood makes ours look so pathetic. Wish we could have enjoyed the party. That grilled dinner looks scrumptious, by the way.

  2. Ben says:

    @Kyle – I think we’ve got a bit of an advantage since our whole neighborhood is like three blocks. If Ardmore decided to have a potluck, you guys would need to have it on a football field!

  3. John says:

    As a former housemate of the man, I miss Ben’s totally awesome grilled fish. First guy I ever knew to grill shark, and make the shark happy for it’s fate. Just the image of that 4th fiesta brings back the memory of his skills.

  4. Ben says:

    …And I don’t think I’ve grilled shark since then. For whatever reason, I can’t seem to find it round these parts.

  5. John says:

    Jabberjaw is behind this, i’m quite certain…

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