The Fourth of July – the anniversary of American Independence from the UK!
The other day I reminded my good colleague in Scotland that I was taking the day off from work to celebrate my country’s independence from England – hoping that would get a chuckle from him. Without missing a beat, and being the good Scotsman that he is, he happily replied: “I wish we could too”!!
Something seems nicer about today than prior Fourth of Julys. Maybe it’s the fact we have a three-day holiday (with Friday off from work and then July Fourth itself falling on a Saturday), but today seems a wee bit more special than the usual Fourth of July. At any rate, it was a nice – but terribly HOT – day here in Houston. I am enjoying staying at home a while and not having to travel anywhere. [But fear not, followers, my next trip to the Middle East is not far off! I was supposed to depart in a little over a week from now but had to delay my departure thanks in part to an onslaught of work.]
I wanted to take in something special today, but what to do? Tonight there is what is billed as one of the largest fireworks displays in the USA being held near downtown Houston. Several hundred thousand people are expected to crowd into Eleanor Tinsley park. I’d like to go but I can’t stand negotiating my way through heavy traffic and then trying to find a parking space. Instead, I went to downtown Houston near Discovery Park and took in the sights of people enjoying their Fourth of July ….
The past few weeks have seen unusually dry and HOT weather in Houston with our daily high temperatures exceeding 100 deg F for many days in a row! About the only good thing I can say about this heat is that at least I am getting acclimated to Middle East weather before actually leaving home!
I managed to snap this photo of some children frolicking in the water. Only wish I could have done the same to help me cool off.