July 4, 2007

The Fourth

Occasionally, usually after watching a news report about a starving village in Africa or a tsunami-swept island in the South Pacific, I play the "I'm glad I was born..." game. You've probably played it. You know, "I'm glad I was born into the family I have" or "I'm glad I was born with two legs". And while I am immensely thankful for those things, a common theme for me, at least, is "I'm glad I was born in this country." Which is odd since I really wasn't born in this country. I was born in South America to two American parents. Which makes me American, regardless of the country in which the delivery room was located.

I still consider myself damn lucky to be an American. Even though I sit here sporting my "American Psycho" shirt, the one with Dubya's picture splashed on the front.

There are a lot of things I disagree with in this country. But it's hard to argue with a place in which, every four years, folks are voted in and out of power without an ounce of bloodshed.

Happy Fourth of July. And I mean that. Even though I look pissed in the picture. I was going for serious and ended up with homicidal.

Posted by Chris at July 4, 2007 7:42 AM

Sadly, I feel as though most of the tyranny that our forefathers signed that paper for 131 years ago, has returned to the country. Yeah, we get to vote them out, but the scars they leave behind in our courts and laws never seem to be removed.

Happy fourth. I'm going for crabby, myself.

Posted by: Jon (was) in Michigan at July 4, 2007 8:54 AM

Have a blast!

Posted by: Allan at July 4, 2007 9:04 AM

Awwww... you look like you just dropped your ice cream cone! Cheer up! It's Independence Day! Woo hoo!!! Go get some sparklers! Eat some hot dogs!

Posted by: coolchick at July 4, 2007 9:40 AM

I suppose I too would have expressed this sentiment had I not be born in the land of milk and honey (Australia). ;) I have lived in Canada for the last 10 years and became a Canadian last year. I have a huge amount of affection for this country too. Although I was not born here, I am so proud to say I am Canadian. Our birthday was July 1st. We were 140 years old.

Both of my countries have the benefits of elections without bloodshed every four years and NO dubya. :D :D

Posted by: Jacqueline at July 4, 2007 10:05 AM

Nice look!

Happy 4th...I have to work for several hours...gah...

Posted by: Sue R at July 4, 2007 10:13 AM

Happy Independence Day, Chris. Enjoy the time with family!

Posted by: Dolly at July 4, 2007 11:58 AM

This is the second year I've replaced a regular post with the Declaration of Independence. Surprising how many never read it past the first line.

Happy Fourth! We'll be swimming and eating barbecue at a friend's house.

Posted by: ann adams at July 4, 2007 12:05 PM

ha! just think...you could be living in canada!! :)

happy fourth to you!
ps...it's a GREAT picture of you!

Posted by: ali at July 4, 2007 12:11 PM

You are very photogenic Mr. Cactus! And every bone in my body wishes I could celebrate July 4th as an American Citizen.

Posted by: Nadine at July 4, 2007 12:51 PM

Maybe it's the fact that you have your favorite president on your chest that makes you look so bad ass! ;)

Posted by: Jeff A at July 4, 2007 2:00 PM

Homicidal is OK just as long as you don't ACT upon it! LOL

Hope your day is enjoyable!

Posted by: ironic1 at July 4, 2007 2:14 PM

Are you giving all of us the "evil eye" or just practicing for when Little Miss Mia get into trouble??

Happy 4th! Let Freedom ring!

Posted by: Steff at July 4, 2007 2:14 PM

I'm glad you wrote that. I was beginning to believe nationalism was dead. It's the only thing that keeps us from one world government. I'm counting on the selfishness of people to keep us separate. I like it that way.


Posted by: Edge at July 4, 2007 3:55 PM

Looks like male model pouty to me.

Happy 4th to you and the fam! Will be out your way in a few days, just closed a long-term deal in Rockville. Looking forward to spending some time out there in the coming year(s). Maybe after y'all settle in the new abode we can grab a brew in DC?

Posted by: Johnny "BBQ" Smoke at July 4, 2007 4:06 PM

I think you don't so much look homicidal as you look Total Rock Star. Who, if you'll forgive me saying so, probably needs a good night's sleep. But a rock star - broodingly handsome and all that - nonetheless. Have a great holiday! I bet your fireworks display beats ours all to heck ;-)

Posted by: Heather at July 4, 2007 4:59 PM

Happy 4th to you as well.
I was having one of those "I'm so fortunate" moments yesterday. I appreciate you putting it into context for today.

Posted by: Amaya at July 4, 2007 5:29 PM

Serious AND homicidal. Beth is a lucky woman...

Posted by: motherofbun at July 4, 2007 9:20 PM

Serious AND homicidal. Beth is a lucky woman...

Posted by: motherofbun at July 4, 2007 9:20 PM

Ha, I have that same tee-shirt. I always get funny looks from the old folks who live in my area when I wear it.

Posted by: Holmes at July 5, 2007 9:34 AM

Ha! Funny because after spending time with my extended family my usual toast is "Thank God Im adopted!"

Then again, Im a mean old so-and-so.

Happy Fourth!

Posted by: That Girl at July 5, 2007 2:25 PM

Hey, I was born in South America and to American parents too... and I totally get what you mean about how lucky we are!

Posted by: blair at July 5, 2007 3:25 PM

I think the best part about being an American is that we can sit here and disagree, period.

Posted by: Noelle at July 5, 2007 3:26 PM

you look more like you're trying to pass a bowling ball than serious or homicidal. jus' sayin'.

Posted by: monique at July 5, 2007 8:07 PM

Ha, you do totally look like you are gonna murder me in this shot, but I do appreciate the sentiment in your words ;-) Hope you had a great day.

Posted by: Kate at July 6, 2007 12:44 AM

It's a fine line some days...

Hope you had a wonderful Fourth!

Posted by: Annie, The Evil Queen at July 6, 2007 1:26 AM

hot picture :P

Posted by: Dee at July 6, 2007 5:54 PM

Quite a sultry picture there, Mr. C.

Posted by: Zandria at July 11, 2007 10:07 PM