Yesterday, Jackie, Danny, Pep, and I went out to Rocky Gap for a few hours while we celebrated things like free speech, our rights to vote, liberty, and things of that nature. It was a good time, though there were definitely a thousand or more people out there. I took the picture above of Jackie and Danny and filtered it with my Instagram app on the iPhone. Jackie had some Sun In, which I haven’t seen since the clearance bin at the supermarket in 1999. Obviously, I was really excited to get instant blonde highlights so I sprayed some in my hair, and voila! An hour later I took this picture:
So yeah, looks like the Sun In gave me the awesome highlights I was hoping for!
After Rocky Gap we met up with Josh, Hunter and Shelby and went and bought pizza, breadsticks, chicken, and basically anything else that we thought looked yummy and ate food at Danny’s house. After we stuffed ourselves silly, we all walked up to the park to meet Bethany who was having a private party at the park pool.
The pool is basically directly under the fireworks that were going to be set off at 9:15. There were a fair amount of people in the pool, mainly adults. But then we discovered the water slide that connected to the pool and all thoughts or consideration about our ages evaporated. It was seriously the most fun I have had in a really long time! After we tried literally every combination of sliding (ankles to hands, ankles to hands to…ankles!?, holding on to shoulders, sliding down our backs face first, throwing a ball in to a bucket to see if the slider could catch it while he or she were sliding), we met back up with our group on the other end of the pool and watched a pretty great fireworks spectacular.
For some reason we kept saying the fireworks looked like food we had eaten earlier (“Cool a breadstick!”) which basically made no sense.
After the fireworks display and about 20 more minutes of sliding and screaming like 5 year old children, we thanked Bethany for the awesome party and walked back to Danny’s where we reheated the food from earlier and played Catch Phrase and Musical Catch Phrase on his back deck.
And apparently I’m old because Hunter and Shelby, who are a combined age of 7, were on my team and had no idea who Chumbawamba or Hanson were (off with their heads!).
Overall it was a very eventful, fun and hilarious 4th of July that will definitely be remembered for years to come. At the end of the day I was sad to realize I hadn’t taken many pictures but in some ways I liked it. I loved being present in the moment with my friends without any distractions. This isn’t something that I am going to be doing all the time, but for yesterday it worked out and I loved it.
And I also want to remind people about a song that I didn’t hear played once yesterday, but a year ago heard about 6,000 times on July 4th, and a song that I really love:
Hope everyone in the States had a safe and fantastic 4th!