Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Weather Is Here...


...wish you were beautiful...

Sorry, old joke...but our schizophrenic April weather continues, and I'm getting pretty tired of it.

In one day this past week we had 4 separate cycles of cloudy and snowing followed by bright sunshine, with temperatures never getting out of the 30's.

Hello Spring?  Any time now will be fine...



This is what's known as...

...a near miss.  That's a 60' pine that landed literally inches from the home of my friend Larry's grandmother.

Thankfully no one was hurt and no damage done (other than to the tree, obviously).

Amazingly, already all cleaned up...

...now that's a good day's work right there.



In Crying Man news...

...the torturous trek from squabby to svelte continues and as we near the 2 week mark I'm down 10 lbs...with at least another 10 to go, according to the man in the mirror...

...well not that man in the mirror...

...closer...



As the weather allows, I'm getting in the backyard and swatting whiffle golf balls...

...with my hickories...which is a pretty sorry substitute for actually walking 9, so I imagine I'm here...

...and driving that classic car home when I'm through.

Go big or don't go, right?



Any idea what today is?  I mean other than the obvious answer that it's Sunday, April 19, 2020.

If you guessed...

"Oh, puh-leeze!  Everyone knows today is the 245th anniversary of the start of the American Revolutionary War!"

...then give yourself 10 points for being a literate student of American History (and then subtract 9 of those points for being so snarky about it).

Yes, on this day in 1775 at 5 am, 77 armed Minutemen stood waiting on the common green of Lexington, Massachusetts, where they were confronted by 700 British troops who had marched there to capture Patriot leaders and their arsenal.

Historians disagree who fired first, but after British Major John Pitcairn's command to disperse was refused, someone opened fire and thus began the American Revolutionary War.

Later that day there would be a more organized confrontation at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts...

...immortalized by Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Concord Hymn", the opening stanza of which reads thus:

"By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world."

Ok, one last question before class is dismissed...how long did the Revolutionary War last?

Anyone...other than our snarky friend...?

Yes, you in the back there...

...um, sure...you can go to the bathroom...you don't need to ask...you're in your own home for crying out loud.

Anyone else?  No?

Fine...you again...

...whoo hoo hoo...look who knows so much...yes, that's correct, it lasted 8 years, 4 months and 15 days, finally ending on September 3rd, 1783, when the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris.

From that tenuous, blood bought beginning our nation has faced many trials, undergone many changes and grown immensely.

We were founded upon the principles of freedom enshrined in The Declaration of Independence...

...and committed to the concepts that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

It has been an imperfect march through the years, marred by failure yet bolstered by triumph.

Ours, like every noble endeavor attempted by mortal man, has seen both the best and the worst in men played out over the span of our brief but intense history.

Through it all, these have been precious truths for which we've fought and died through the decades, and make no mistake, we will be forced to do so again and again.

As Dwight D. Eisenhower famously said...

..."Freedom is not long entrusted to the timid or the weak."

Stay strong.

Class dismissed!



later, mcm fans...

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