This one's sure to bore Joe to tears. Ask me if I care. Out of 2,984 shots, that was the best fireworks pic. How's that for pathetic?!? (more below)
Our Hard Hats for Heroes event ended up raising a little over $72,000. I'd consider that a success. AND I got my 1.5 milliseconds of fame with a little 10PM news interview. I didn't look that bad, either. I was amazed. What was funny is that my boss ended up on the same little clip, even though he was outside working the Wal-Mart collecting money while I was in the cool air conditioned office counting it. My television debut, and if you blinked, you missed it!
I'd still like to encourage everyone to google "Operation Home Front" and see if there are similar needs in your community. This program bridges the gap between civilian and active duty pay for reservists and guards who are called to duty. Its something we can do from here, and it benefits people who are dying on our behalf daily. Did I mention it was tax free with zero administrative costs? (No I still don't agree with this ridiculous war, but that doesn't mean I don't care about the brave souls that have been deployed.)
Ok more lousy pics:
Here's a little better one of the glow, although just a little out of focus... (Just a little!!)
Our very expensive tricentennial blah blah City of Albuquerque balloon inflating...
This one, taken with Andrea in mind....
And the best one of all....
I thought I'd leave you with this little piece a friend of mine told me about today, from the late great Red Skelton:
As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton's teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture.
I - - Me; an individual; a committee of one.
Pledge - - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
Allegiance - - My love and my devotion.
To the Flag - - Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's job.
United - - That means that we have all come together.
States - - Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country. (NOTE FROM KRIS: its obviously 50 now)
And to the Republic - - Republic--a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
For which it stands
One Nation - - One Nation--meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible - - Incapable of being divided.
With Liberty - - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
And Justice - - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
For All - - For All--which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.
And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Something we the people as well as our leaders should take note of.
I hope everyone had a fantastic, safe, somewhat uneventful holiday.