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RE: Re: OT-What July Fourth Means to Me- Long!

Theresa: I guess I forgot to mention that in a town this size, you must
be prepared to have most everybody knowing your business...not much goes
on here that gets missed (and therefore talked about sooner or later).
Also, the following short list contains the only businesses in town: 1
elementary school, 1 bank, 1 convenience store which closes at 11 p.m.
nightly, 1 mexican restaurant, 1 bar and grill type restaurant, a
grainery, a fertilizer/feed company, 1 Catholic church, 1 nursing home,
1 funeral chapel, 1 veternarian, 1 barber shop, the rural phone
company...nearest big town (Iowa City, pop. 65,000) is 7 miles up the
highway, so we're pretty close to whatever we need including a world
class tertiary healthcare center with a level III trauma center. Iowa
City's school district offers one of the finest educational systems in
the state. Crime rates are low in Iowa City (last murder was a couple of
years ago) and nearly nonexistent in Hills...alright, I'll stop now
because I could go on and on...I really, really love it here. :-) I
truly wish everyone could live this peacefully, no matter where they
choose to make their home. Surely California has small towns, doesn't

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Wed 07/07, Tchessie < tchessie@comcast.net > wrote:
From: Tchessie [mailto: tchessie@comcast.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 08:01:38 -0700
Subject: RE: Re: [CHAT] OT-What July Fourth Means to Me- Long!

OK- where do I sign up!<br><br>Theresa<br><br>-----Original
Message-----<br>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
[mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On<br>Behalf Of
gardenqueen@academicplanet.com<br>Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 4:33
AM<br>To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] OT-What July
Fourth Means to Me- Long!<br><br><br>I can see Theresa packing her bags
now - LOL<br><br>Pam Evans<br>Kemp, TX<br>zone 8A<br>----- Original
Message -----<br>From: Melody<br>Sent: 7/6/2004 9:51:37 PM<br>To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT-What July Fourth Means to
Me- Long!<br><br>> DF: Nah! That's an amazing thing here...as long as
you are not into<br>> drugs, violence, pedophilia, pornography,
prostitution, stealing from<br>> your neighbors, beating your wife or
kids, foreclosing on your<br>> neighbor's farms, or other forms of
extreme hell-raising, you are pretty<br>> much okay with us. Long as you
don't go getting any fancy ideas of<br>> "growing" our town and making
it like a bigger city... And trust me, I<br>> am the most outspoken
person around here...well known for saying just<br>> what I mean and not
taking any crap from anyone. If Hills can adjust to<br>> me, and they
have, very well thank you, then they can take just about<br>> anything.
I've never lived anywhere where I have ever felt such a sense<br>> of
community and belonging. We're not perfect, not by any means, but
we<br>> are sure close enough for me.<br>><br>><br>><br>> Melody, IA (Z
5/4)<br>><br>> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the
mysterious."<br>> --Albert Einstein<br>><br>> --- On Wed 07/07, David
Franzman < dfranzma@pacbell.net > wrote:<br>> From: David Franzman
[mailto: dfranzma@pacbell.net]<br>> To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date:
Tue, 6 Jul 2004 22:13:56 -0700<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT-What July
Fourth Means to Me- Long!<br>><br>> I need to live in a town like that!
I miss ol' Norman Rockwell. I'm<br>> not<br>being sarcastic I really
mean it. Course, I'd probably open my<br>> mouth and be<br>run out on a
rail but

hey the first 45 minutes would be<br>> great.<br><br>David Franzman<br>A
Touch of the<br>> Tropics<br>www.atouchofthetropics.net<br>-----
Original Message -----<br>> <br>From: "Melody"
<mhobertm@excite.com><br>To:<br>> <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent:
Tuesday, July 06, 2004 2:23<br>> AM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT-What July
Fourth Means to Me-<br>> Long!<br><br><br>> Oh, I think depending on
where you live, Jim, it is<br>> very close to the<br>> real thing. In
our little town, 4th of July is a<br>> big, big deal. Things<br>> start
happening the day before with an all<br>> day softball tournament
that<br>> the entire town turns up at sooner or<br>> later. The local
bar hosts a<br>> street dance with live bands that goes<br>> on all
afternoon and half the<br>> night. Families hang out at the park<br>>
all that day and the next,<br>> picnicking and playing. Relatives
come<br>> to visit from out of town. Family<br>> parties happening all
over the<br>> place. Loved ones home from the military<br>> are treated
like royalty<br>> all over town. On the day of the fourth, people<br>>
pick out their<br>> parking spots at the park early. The volunteer
fire<br>> department<br>> starts early in the morning putting together
the show for<br>> that<br>> night. For a town of less than 700 people,
we spend an average of<br>><br>> $12-15,000 dollars on fireworks, all
paid for by volunteer<br>> donations.<br>> Half our volunteer fire
department pay out of their own<br>> pockets to get<br>> licensed as
pyrotechnicians. We have a parade that<br>> the entire town<br>>
participates in, one way or another. Lots of<br>> floats, horses,<br>>
politicians, candy, and best of all, fire trucks<br>> from as many<br>>
communities around as can come (this year it was 8!)<br>> Then by 7 in
the<br>> evening, there is usually somewhere in the<br>> neighborhood of
a couple of<br>> thousand people milling around in town<br>> as people
come from all over to<br>> see our fireworks. It literally<br>> stops
the traffic a<br>><br>> ll up and down the<br>> hig

ay. And it is always, always preceded by<br>> the singing of the<br>>
National Anthem and the salute to the flag. It<br>> is a very patriotic
deal<br>> here where many, many of our young folks<br>> are serving in
the military and<br>> many of our older folks are<br>> veterans. This is
not necessarily a time to<br>> reflect on all that is<br>> wrong with
our country, but rather to remember<br>> that once upon a<br>> time, a
few men changed the way they wanted to live and<br>> in so<br>> doing,
founded a great nation of people who value independence and<br>><br>>
self-determination. I know of few people who would argue that in<br>>
the<br>> USA, for th<br>><br>> ose who are willing to work at it,
almost<br>> nothing is unattainable. The<br>> legend that Mr. Reagan
chose to wrap<br>> those thoughts up in may not be any<br>> where close
to the truth (what<br>> legends really are), but I can live with<br>>
the sentiment underlying<br>> the words.<br>><br>><br>><br>> Melody, IA
(Z 5/4)<br>><br>> "The most<br>> beautiful thing we can experience is
the mysterious."<br>> --Albert<br>> Einstein<br>><br>> --- On Sat 07/03,
james singer < jsinger@igc.org ><br>> wrote:<br>> From: james singer
[mailto: jsinger@igc.org]<br>> To:<br>> gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date:
Sat, 3 Jul 2004 17:38:54 -0400<br>><br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT-What
July Fourth Means to Me- Long!<br>><br>><br>> Interesting, but hardly
the real thing.<br><br>On Saturday, July 3,<br>><br>> 2004, at 10:41 AM,
Donna wrote:<br><br>> This was posted on another<br>><br>> list...
Thought some might want to read<br>> it....<br>><br>><br>>
--------------------<br>><br>> What July Fourth Means to Me<br>>
By<br>><br>> Ronald Reagan<br>><br>> For one who was born and grew up in
the<br>> small<br>> towns of the Midwest,<br>> there is a special kind
of<br>> nostalgia about<br>> the Fourth of July.<br>><br>> I remember it
as a<br>> day almost as<br>> long-anticipated as Christmas. This <br>>
was<br>><br>> helped along by the<br>> appearance in store windows of
all kinds<br>>

of<br>> fireworks and colorful<br>> posters advertising them with
vivid<br>> pictures.<br>><br>> No later than<br>><br>><br>> th<br>> e
third of July -- sometimes earlier -- Dad would bring<br>> home<br>>
what<br>> he felt he could afford to see go up in smoke and flame.<br>>
We'd<br>> count<br>> and recount the number of firecrackers,
display<br>> pieces and other<br>><br>> things and go to bed determined
to be up with<br>> the sun so as to offer<br>> <br>> the<br>> first,
thunderous notice of<br>> the Fourth of July.<br>><br>><br>> I'm afraid
we didn't give too much<br>> thought to the meaning of the<br>>
day.<br>> And, yes, there were tragic<br>> accidents to mar it,
resulting<br>> from <br>> careless<br>> handling of<br>> the fireworks.
I'm sure we're<br>> better off today with<br>> fireworks<br>> largely
handled by<br>> professionals.<br>><br>> Yet there was a thrill<br>>
never to be forgotten in<br>> seeing a tin can blown<br>> 30 feet in
the<br>> air by a giant "cracker" --<br>> giant meaning it was about
4<br>><br>> inches long. But enough of<br>> nostalgia.<br>><br>>
Somewhere in our<br>> growing up we began to be aware of<br>> the
meaning of days<br>> and<br>> with that awareness came the birth of<br>>
patriotism. July Fourth is<br>> <br>> the<br>> birthday of our nation.
I<br>> believed as a boy, and<br>> believe even more<br>> today, that it
is the<br>> birthday of the<br>> greatest nation on earth.<br>><br>>
There is a legend<br>> about the day<br>> of our nation's birth in the
little <br>> hall<br>> in<br>><br>> Philadelphia, a day on which debate
had raged for hours. The<br>> men<br>><br>> gathered there were
honorable men hard-pressed by a king<br>> who had<br>><br>> <br>>
flouted<br>> the very laws they were willing to<br>> obey. Even so,
to<br>> sign the<br>> Declaration of Independence was<br>> such an
irretrievable act<br>> that the <br>> walls<br>> resounded with<br>> the
words "treason, the<br>> gallows, the headsman's axe," <br>><br>>
and<br>> the issue remained in<br>> doubt.<br>><br>> Th

legend says<br>> that at that point a man rose and<br>> spoke. He is
<br>> described<br>><br>> as not a young man, but one who had to<br>>
summon all his energy for<br>> an<br>> impassioned plea. He cited
the<br>> grievances that had brought<br>> them to this<br>> moment
and<br>><br>> finally, his<br>> voice falling, he said, "They may turn
every<br>> tree<br>> into a gallows,<br>> every hole into a grave, and
yet the words of<br>> that<br>> parchment can<br>> never die.<br>><br>>
To the mechanic in the<br>> workshop, they will speak<br>> hope; to the
slave in<br>> the mines,<br>> freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign<br>> if
the next moment the<br>><br>> noose is around your neck, for that<br>>
parchment will be the textbook<br>> of<br>> freedom, the Bible of the
rights<br>> of man forever."<br>><br>><br>> He fell back exhausted. The
56 delegates,<br>> swept up by his<br>> eloquence,<br>> rushed forward
and signed that document<br>> destined to<br>> be as immortal as a<br>>
work of man can be. When they<br>> turned to<br>> thank him for his
timely<br>> oratory, he was not to be found,<br>> nor<br>> could any be
found who knew who he<br>> was or how he had come in<br>> or<br>> gone
out through the locked and guarded<br>> doors.<br>><br>><br>> Well,
that<br>> is the legend. But we do know for certain that 56 men,<br>>
a<br>> little<br>> band so unique we have never seen their like
since,<br>> had pledged<br>><br>> their lives, their fortunes and their
sacred<br>> honor. Some gave their<br>><br>> lives in the war that
followed, most<br>> gave their fortunes, and all<br>><br>> preserved
their sacred<br>> honor.<br>><br>> What manner of men were they?<br>>
Twenty-four were<br>> lawyers and jurists,<br>> eleven were merchants
and<br>> tradesmen, and<br>> nine were farmers. They were<br>>
soft-spoken men of<br>> means and<br>> education; they were not an
unwashed<br>> rabble. They had<br>> achieved<br>> security but valued
freedom more. Their<br>> stories have not<br>> been<br>> told nearly
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