It is the 5th of July, that dreaded day when everyone must go back to work with hangovers and too little sleep. Hopefully you got a chance to have a barbecue or see a rousing 4th of July fireworks display. Where I live, the city puts on their display on the 3rd and then on the 4th we all set off our own fireworks show in the driveway.
This holiday was no exception as we went down to the river Sunday night and braved the bugs and the crowds to get our place in the park for prime viewing. This year I was smart. I put our seats all the way up by the riverbank, instead of back a ways. See in my little town there seems to be…I’ll call them hill folk, who come down and infest the park, indiscriminately setting off all manner of explosives, while their kids run around in rags and barefoot bothering everyone who is trying to have an enjoyable evening. I must be getting old, because that used to be a source of amusement for me, but this year I just put them behind me (literally) and pretended they didn’t exist, just my family and the people on the boats in the river. It was a good strategy, and one I will use again. We only got panhandled once, but it was from kids we knew, and we didn’t have any cash!…
For the 4th I had purchased about $250 worth of fireworks, with all manner of explosive power. I am happy to report there was no loss of any digits and no burns either. Actually the only injuries came earlier in the evening from a spirited game of basketball, and they were minor. So I did manage to drink a little over the weekend. Yesterday afternoon I enjoyed a wonderful Joe’s Pilsner by Avery. I know I reviewed it last week, but after the second can I am even more impressed than I was after the first. It is an incredible pilsner, and one I highly, highly (yes, that’s two highlys) recommend. If you see it buy all you see, within reason of course, you won’t regret this recommendation. I also had a margarita after the fireworks made with the Espolon tequila I reviewed for Cinco de Mayo. It too was refreshing and well received.
So how about you? Does everyone still have all their fingers and toes? I hope so. Did you drink anything on the fourth? Anything interesting, or just the usual IPAs and lagers? Perhaps you dabbled a bit in the darks or stouts? Did you go for something harder? Did you drink any whiskey or single malt? Just let us know how your holiday went in the comments. Now, back to work…yeah right.