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HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

Posted by Laurie R on 7/03/02 at 15:06 (089044)

Hello to all , I just wanted to wish you all a very happy 4 th of July . I know I am a day earily , but I may not get on line tomorrow ... Wishing everyone a fun and safe 4 th ....... Laurie R

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

linda a on 7/03/02 at 15:53 (089046)

have a safe and fun 4th of july . i will probably be crashing ( sleeping )in my bed after 2 ( 12 hr shifts ) . i am supposed to go to a picnic at my aunt's house , but iam wondering about the hot huimid weather conditions . YUCK !!!!!! maybe a nice cold watermellon would get me motivated . YUMMY !!! linda (KY)

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

Missy B on 7/03/02 at 17:41 (089050)

Hello to all - I will add my best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday. I am working at the hospital on the holiday and the weekend, and since we are a trauma center, we always gear up for lots of accidents. There are a lot of recreational sites in the area where I live, so we get a lot of visitors (which means more traffic) around holiday weekends.

For those of you lucky enough to have fireworks close by - enjoy the show. I would have to drive to a neighboring town to see any as our town does not set them off anymore - too expensive when money is needed for other projects. I will make do with with watching the telecasts on TV of the fireworks from NY City, Boston, and Washington, DC.

And I pray that all of us will remember what this holiday stands for in the good old USA (no offense meant to our British friends). With all that is going on in the world today, it is important to take time to reflect on how hard so many have fought to give us the freedoms that we enjoy - and the ultimate price many more have paid so that we may keep them.

I can't say it any better than the words of Lee Greenwood's song:
I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN....AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE
AND I WON'T FORGET THOSE WHO'VE DIED TO GIVE THIS RIGHT TO ME....
...I LOVE THIS LAND - GOD BLESS THE USA!

A safe and happy 4th to you all. May the only fireworks tommorrow be in the skies around you - and not in your feet.

Missy B.

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

Suzanne D on 7/03/02 at 18:37 (089053)

Happy 4th to all of you, my friends! I wish you could all be in our little community this weekend. Of course it will be hot, but this Friday night and Saturday are our community's homecoming days. Friday night will be the beauty pageant and some other contests like 'Strong Man' and the canoe races. We will have a small parade on Saturday with fire trucks and Scout troups, decorated bicycles, old tractors and cars, horses, etc. This year our veterans will be honored on a float as the 'grand marshalls' of the parade. Then everyone will go to the camp here where there will be games, hot dogs and hamburgers, and our 'famous' barbeque chicken for sale. Proceeds go to our volunteer fire department. The older people sit and visit, the kids run around having a good time and asking their parents for more money to play the games, and those of us in between are busy cooking and staffing the games. There are a few craft booths, a cake walk, and politicians as well. An auction will close the festivities. It is somewhat 'hokey', I guess, but very special to all of us here! This year I made sure to get a 'sitting down' job and will be selling tickets for the games. I will get to see a lot of 'my children' from school, so that will be nice.

Be safe and enjoy the holiday!
Suzanne :-)

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

SteveP on 7/03/02 at 19:36 (089063)

Hi Laurie & everyone!

May you all have a happy holiday. (Don't have a fifth on the Fourth......or you might not come forth on the Fifth.)

:-/ groan

Re: Laurie

wendyn on 7/03/02 at 20:01 (089065)

Laurie - when you have time, please let us know how you're doing!

Re: Homecoming

wendyn on 7/03/02 at 23:31 (089081)

Kay my American friends. I always hear about 'Homecoming queens'...what is this 'homecoming'? Who is coming home? Why is there someone designated a 'queen'?

Re: Homecoming

Suzanne D on 7/04/02 at 07:59 (089090)

Hi, Wendy! It seems to be a tradition here to have 'homecomings' - in small communities, at high schools, even churches (although the churches don't select 'queens' - or at least none I know about do).

The idea seems to be that people who once lived in a community, went to a school, or a church make special plans to come back to visit - thus, coming 'home' - all on the same designated day or weekend. Old friends get to see one another and talk about past times, etc.

I don't know when the tradition started, but high schools have 'homecoming queens' elected from the student body at their homecoming game. All the little festivals around here have pageants and 'Miss White Mills' or wherever the festival is held will be crowned. Of course in recent years, pageants have 'taken a beating' for being sexist or otherwise perpetuating the idea that a girl's beauty is what is most important. However, traditions hang on (especially in the country or small towns), and the 'beauty contests' continue at our small festivals and county fairs. It begins with baby contests, then the 'Little Miss and Master' contests, then 'Junior Miss', etc. up to the 'Queen'. Mamas get to doll up their little girls and place them in these contests for everyone to see.

I never personally placed my daughters in the contests through the years although I had no quarrel with those who did. It is ironic that my older daughter (21) was asked to be the emcee/announcer for the pageant in our little festival last year and again this year. Each time I bought her a real pretty long dress at a consignment shop (cheap), she wore her hair in a fancy style, and she enjoyed participating although she was not competing.

My younger daughter(16) participates in our county's Youth Theater and will be performing in a free promo show at a mall for their upcoming Peter Pan play at the time of the pageant. I prefer her to be engaged in that than to be in the other. But we will join in the other activities here at our community's special weekend.

Well, that was probably more than you wanted to know! :-) I never can be brief...

Suzanne :-)

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

Suzanne D on 7/04/02 at 08:02 (089091)

Thanks, Missy. I wish you could be here as well! We could sit and have some barbeque chicken and have a nice talk while we rest our feet!

We are finding that there are fewer of us who keep doing all the work for our festival. Many younger people come to it but don't seem to want to put the time in to help prepare. It IS a lot of work, and some others will have to step forward to help or ours will dwindle away, too.

Suzanne :-)

Re: Homecoming

Kathy G on 7/04/02 at 08:08 (089093)

Well, to the best of my knowledge, Wendy, Homecoming is supposed to refer to the numbers of people who are coming home for an event. Like in Suzanne's community, it would be the people who come home to visit for the holiday. And colleges have it for people who come back to the campus for the weekend to reminisce about the 'good ol' college days'. Why we have Homecoming Queens has always been beyond my comprehension but with the rise of feminisism, that practice seems to be dwindling.

I never gave it much thought, but I guess it must be an American custom, huh? So many of our American customs aren't really American but carryovers from one of the many immigrant practices which we picked up and changed slightly over the years. I don't know about this one, however.

Have a nice weekend!

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john h on 7/04/02 at 08:15 (089094)

Does Hokey come from 'Hokey Pokey' or does 'hokey Pokey' come from Hokey?

How many of you can still put ' Your left foot in and swing it all about'?

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

Suzanne D on 7/04/02 at 09:48 (089102)

Good question, John! I don't know the answer, although I think perhaps the term 'hokey' came before the song. But that may be wrong! I still do the song with my children although I don't 'swing about' quite as exhuberantly as I once did! :-)

Along those lines, my children's favorite thing to do with me is 'The Chicken Dance' which we do with a CD which is wild and crazy. Of course I make it a point to do this when no other adults are in the room! Now one day I forgot that there are rather large windows at the top of my classroom door. We were really having fun doing the chicken dance right before lunch one day when out of the corner of my eye I noticed there were several adults peering through the window! I just moved a little farther back in the room out of their sight and kept going!

Second favorite to this song is 'The Pizza Hut Song' which has motions and includes other food places such as Long John Silver, Dairy Queen, etc.

I'm not sure if it's the songs they enjoy so much or watching me be 'human' and look so silly! Whatever the case, they enjoy it at odd moments throughout the year. One little boy last year - to my amazement - never smiled or said a single word unless he was called on (and then it was so quiet it was hardly audible) and then when we did the chicken dance he lit up like a Christmas tree! I almost fell over when I saw it.

Enjoy your new sandals, John, as you celebrate the 4th!

Suzanne :-)

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john h on 7/04/02 at 12:29 (089112)

Suzanne: Surely you do not mean the 'Funky Chicken' dance from the 60's? I did some crazy things but never got into the Funky Chicken dance. Probably someone like Nancy S when she was at one of those concerts in some field.

Re: Homecoming

Carole C in NOLA on 7/04/02 at 13:12 (089115)

At my high school, the idea was that the football team had to play at a lot of other schools, some of them pretty far away. In about October, there was usually a game at our school that was right after a few that were pretty far away at other schools.

We would have a homecoming dance at the high school to celebrate the coming home of the football team (presumably victorious). The homecoming dance was the same weekend as the homecoming game and was half way between a pep rally and a ball, if you can imagine that.

It was completely football oriented for us. The homecoming queen was often the steady date of the star football player and/or a cheerleader. She would be crowned at the homecoming dance and it was a big deal. The homecoming queen had a court, too, of other pretty girls that were runners-up. I think there was a homecoming king too, or at least there was some guy whose role was to escort the homecoming queen.

Barbaric, wasn't it.

Carole C

Re: oops!

Carole C in NOLA on 7/04/02 at 13:14 (089116)

that's what I get for reading threads backwards. The kind of homecoming I was talking about was a different kind than what Suzanne was talking about. Oh well! :)

Carole C

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

Suzanne D on 7/04/02 at 18:01 (089136)

I don't know, John. Maybe we'll have to ask Nancy S to describe that! :-) I heard of it but honestly never saw the 'funky chicken' dance. I didn't get out much at that time - just did homework and went to basketball games! Not a lot went on in our little town.:-)

Probably it is different when doing it with 6 year olds, but we do move our fingers like chicken beaks clucking, flap our arms like chickens and clap and do a little twist. They have a great time with it! Our version on the CD is a medley of that along with 'Head and Shoulders, Knees, and Toes' and 'The Eensy Weensy Spider'.

Suzanne :-)

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BrianG on 7/04/02 at 19:14 (089138)

Hi Missy,

I saw Lee Greenwod sing 'Proud to be an American', at the Daytona 500, during the Gulf War. He had just written it. Everyone got a small American flag to wave, when we entered. Hardly a dry eye in the place when he sang it :*) I still have 2 of them (flags), right on top of a nice photo of Dale Earnhardt Sr, in the Wrangler #3, that I took at Pocono (where you could get up close, and personal, with the cars and drivers). No horns on the Cup cars, you had to listen for the whistles (from the marshals) or the rev's, if you got to close. By the grace of god, and 600 horsepower :*) Just waiting for Daytona, Sat night, 7pm, on FOX!

God Bless
BrianG

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linda a on 7/03/02 at 15:53 (089046)

have a safe and fun 4th of july . i will probably be crashing ( sleeping )in my bed after 2 ( 12 hr shifts ) . i am supposed to go to a picnic at my aunt's house , but iam wondering about the hot huimid weather conditions . YUCK !!!!!! maybe a nice cold watermellon would get me motivated . YUMMY !!! linda (KY)

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

Missy B on 7/03/02 at 17:41 (089050)

Hello to all - I will add my best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday. I am working at the hospital on the holiday and the weekend, and since we are a trauma center, we always gear up for lots of accidents. There are a lot of recreational sites in the area where I live, so we get a lot of visitors (which means more traffic) around holiday weekends.

For those of you lucky enough to have fireworks close by - enjoy the show. I would have to drive to a neighboring town to see any as our town does not set them off anymore - too expensive when money is needed for other projects. I will make do with with watching the telecasts on TV of the fireworks from NY City, Boston, and Washington, DC.

And I pray that all of us will remember what this holiday stands for in the good old USA (no offense meant to our British friends). With all that is going on in the world today, it is important to take time to reflect on how hard so many have fought to give us the freedoms that we enjoy - and the ultimate price many more have paid so that we may keep them.

I can't say it any better than the words of Lee Greenwood's song:
I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN....AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE
AND I WON'T FORGET THOSE WHO'VE DIED TO GIVE THIS RIGHT TO ME....
...I LOVE THIS LAND - GOD BLESS THE USA!

A safe and happy 4th to you all. May the only fireworks tommorrow be in the skies around you - and not in your feet.

Missy B.

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

Suzanne D on 7/03/02 at 18:37 (089053)

Happy 4th to all of you, my friends! I wish you could all be in our little community this weekend. Of course it will be hot, but this Friday night and Saturday are our community's homecoming days. Friday night will be the beauty pageant and some other contests like 'Strong Man' and the canoe races. We will have a small parade on Saturday with fire trucks and Scout troups, decorated bicycles, old tractors and cars, horses, etc. This year our veterans will be honored on a float as the 'grand marshalls' of the parade. Then everyone will go to the camp here where there will be games, hot dogs and hamburgers, and our 'famous' barbeque chicken for sale. Proceeds go to our volunteer fire department. The older people sit and visit, the kids run around having a good time and asking their parents for more money to play the games, and those of us in between are busy cooking and staffing the games. There are a few craft booths, a cake walk, and politicians as well. An auction will close the festivities. It is somewhat 'hokey', I guess, but very special to all of us here! This year I made sure to get a 'sitting down' job and will be selling tickets for the games. I will get to see a lot of 'my children' from school, so that will be nice.

Be safe and enjoy the holiday!
Suzanne :-)

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

SteveP on 7/03/02 at 19:36 (089063)

Hi Laurie & everyone!

May you all have a happy holiday. (Don't have a fifth on the Fourth......or you might not come forth on the Fifth.)

:-/ groan

Re: Laurie

wendyn on 7/03/02 at 20:01 (089065)

Laurie - when you have time, please let us know how you're doing!

Re: Homecoming

wendyn on 7/03/02 at 23:31 (089081)

Kay my American friends. I always hear about 'Homecoming queens'...what is this 'homecoming'? Who is coming home? Why is there someone designated a 'queen'?

Re: Homecoming

Suzanne D on 7/04/02 at 07:59 (089090)

Hi, Wendy! It seems to be a tradition here to have 'homecomings' - in small communities, at high schools, even churches (although the churches don't select 'queens' - or at least none I know about do).

The idea seems to be that people who once lived in a community, went to a school, or a church make special plans to come back to visit - thus, coming 'home' - all on the same designated day or weekend. Old friends get to see one another and talk about past times, etc.

I don't know when the tradition started, but high schools have 'homecoming queens' elected from the student body at their homecoming game. All the little festivals around here have pageants and 'Miss White Mills' or wherever the festival is held will be crowned. Of course in recent years, pageants have 'taken a beating' for being sexist or otherwise perpetuating the idea that a girl's beauty is what is most important. However, traditions hang on (especially in the country or small towns), and the 'beauty contests' continue at our small festivals and county fairs. It begins with baby contests, then the 'Little Miss and Master' contests, then 'Junior Miss', etc. up to the 'Queen'. Mamas get to doll up their little girls and place them in these contests for everyone to see.

I never personally placed my daughters in the contests through the years although I had no quarrel with those who did. It is ironic that my older daughter (21) was asked to be the emcee/announcer for the pageant in our little festival last year and again this year. Each time I bought her a real pretty long dress at a consignment shop (cheap), she wore her hair in a fancy style, and she enjoyed participating although she was not competing.

My younger daughter(16) participates in our county's Youth Theater and will be performing in a free promo show at a mall for their upcoming Peter Pan play at the time of the pageant. I prefer her to be engaged in that than to be in the other. But we will join in the other activities here at our community's special weekend.

Well, that was probably more than you wanted to know! :-) I never can be brief...

Suzanne :-)

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

Suzanne D on 7/04/02 at 08:02 (089091)

Thanks, Missy. I wish you could be here as well! We could sit and have some barbeque chicken and have a nice talk while we rest our feet!

We are finding that there are fewer of us who keep doing all the work for our festival. Many younger people come to it but don't seem to want to put the time in to help prepare. It IS a lot of work, and some others will have to step forward to help or ours will dwindle away, too.

Suzanne :-)

Re: Homecoming

Kathy G on 7/04/02 at 08:08 (089093)

Well, to the best of my knowledge, Wendy, Homecoming is supposed to refer to the numbers of people who are coming home for an event. Like in Suzanne's community, it would be the people who come home to visit for the holiday. And colleges have it for people who come back to the campus for the weekend to reminisce about the 'good ol' college days'. Why we have Homecoming Queens has always been beyond my comprehension but with the rise of feminisism, that practice seems to be dwindling.

I never gave it much thought, but I guess it must be an American custom, huh? So many of our American customs aren't really American but carryovers from one of the many immigrant practices which we picked up and changed slightly over the years. I don't know about this one, however.

Have a nice weekend!

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

john h on 7/04/02 at 08:15 (089094)

Does Hokey come from 'Hokey Pokey' or does 'hokey Pokey' come from Hokey?

How many of you can still put ' Your left foot in and swing it all about'?

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

Suzanne D on 7/04/02 at 09:48 (089102)

Good question, John! I don't know the answer, although I think perhaps the term 'hokey' came before the song. But that may be wrong! I still do the song with my children although I don't 'swing about' quite as exhuberantly as I once did! :-)

Along those lines, my children's favorite thing to do with me is 'The Chicken Dance' which we do with a CD which is wild and crazy. Of course I make it a point to do this when no other adults are in the room! Now one day I forgot that there are rather large windows at the top of my classroom door. We were really having fun doing the chicken dance right before lunch one day when out of the corner of my eye I noticed there were several adults peering through the window! I just moved a little farther back in the room out of their sight and kept going!

Second favorite to this song is 'The Pizza Hut Song' which has motions and includes other food places such as Long John Silver, Dairy Queen, etc.

I'm not sure if it's the songs they enjoy so much or watching me be 'human' and look so silly! Whatever the case, they enjoy it at odd moments throughout the year. One little boy last year - to my amazement - never smiled or said a single word unless he was called on (and then it was so quiet it was hardly audible) and then when we did the chicken dance he lit up like a Christmas tree! I almost fell over when I saw it.

Enjoy your new sandals, John, as you celebrate the 4th!

Suzanne :-)

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

john h on 7/04/02 at 12:29 (089112)

Suzanne: Surely you do not mean the 'Funky Chicken' dance from the 60's? I did some crazy things but never got into the Funky Chicken dance. Probably someone like Nancy S when she was at one of those concerts in some field.

Re: Homecoming

Carole C in NOLA on 7/04/02 at 13:12 (089115)

At my high school, the idea was that the football team had to play at a lot of other schools, some of them pretty far away. In about October, there was usually a game at our school that was right after a few that were pretty far away at other schools.

We would have a homecoming dance at the high school to celebrate the coming home of the football team (presumably victorious). The homecoming dance was the same weekend as the homecoming game and was half way between a pep rally and a ball, if you can imagine that.

It was completely football oriented for us. The homecoming queen was often the steady date of the star football player and/or a cheerleader. She would be crowned at the homecoming dance and it was a big deal. The homecoming queen had a court, too, of other pretty girls that were runners-up. I think there was a homecoming king too, or at least there was some guy whose role was to escort the homecoming queen.

Barbaric, wasn't it.

Carole C

Re: oops!

Carole C in NOLA on 7/04/02 at 13:14 (089116)

that's what I get for reading threads backwards. The kind of homecoming I was talking about was a different kind than what Suzanne was talking about. Oh well! :)

Carole C

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

Suzanne D on 7/04/02 at 18:01 (089136)

I don't know, John. Maybe we'll have to ask Nancy S to describe that! :-) I heard of it but honestly never saw the 'funky chicken' dance. I didn't get out much at that time - just did homework and went to basketball games! Not a lot went on in our little town.:-)

Probably it is different when doing it with 6 year olds, but we do move our fingers like chicken beaks clucking, flap our arms like chickens and clap and do a little twist. They have a great time with it! Our version on the CD is a medley of that along with 'Head and Shoulders, Knees, and Toes' and 'The Eensy Weensy Spider'.

Suzanne :-)

Re: HAPPY 4 TH TO EVERYONE

BrianG on 7/04/02 at 19:14 (089138)

Hi Missy,

I saw Lee Greenwod sing 'Proud to be an American', at the Daytona 500, during the Gulf War. He had just written it. Everyone got a small American flag to wave, when we entered. Hardly a dry eye in the place when he sang it :*) I still have 2 of them (flags), right on top of a nice photo of Dale Earnhardt Sr, in the Wrangler #3, that I took at Pocono (where you could get up close, and personal, with the cars and drivers). No horns on the Cup cars, you had to listen for the whistles (from the marshals) or the rev's, if you got to close. By the grace of god, and 600 horsepower :*) Just waiting for Daytona, Sat night, 7pm, on FOX!

God Bless
BrianG