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July 4, 2012 [LINK / comment]
Happy Fourth of July!!!
In spite of oppressively high heat and widespread damage from fallen trees, the City of Staunton went ahead with its annual America's Birthday Celebration today. I haven't been feeling well lately, but I still managed to get down to Gypsy Hill Park to share in the Fourth of July festivities this afternoon. I always find the friendly vibes from the folks in a small town to be very uplifting. The Last Minute Band was playing some great bluegrass music, in spite of being exposed to lethal solar rays standing on the gazebo. Hot, hot, hot!!!
Amusement rides, live music, and dozens of tent-kiosks featuring various treats and refreshments were the main attractions in Gypsy Hill Park. Roll mouse over image to see a closeup of the Last Minute Band.
To my surprise, I hadn't taken Fourth of July photos since 2009.
It's really too bad our country doesn't pay as much attention to Constitution Day (September 17) as it does to Independence Day. I'll have a big more to say about that subject in a forthcoming politics blog post.
R.I.P. Andy Griffith
Beloved homespun TV star Andy Griffith passed away yesterday, which was quite a shock to me. The star of "Andy Griffith" (1960-1969) as well as "Matlock" (1986-1994, more or less) got his start in Hollywood, in the movie No Time For Sergeants, which I saw on Turner Classic Movies a couple months ago. The nostalgia for the bygone days of small-town southern living is palpable here in the Shenandoah Valley, and one of the affiliate stations of WHSV-TV3 in Harrisonburg still runs "Andy Griffith" on a daily basis. I confess that I enjoy watching it. I fondly remember watching that show when I was growing up in a small town (albeit in a different part of the country) during the 1960s. In a small way, Sheriff Andy Taylor was a lot like Will Rogers in the 1930s or Mark Twain in the 1890s, helping a country cope with rapid socio-economic change and hold on to its identity, via the good graces of humor.
My friend Matthew Poteat wrote a very nice column about Andy Griffith in today's News Leader. Matthew grew up in North Carolina, and thus identifies strongly with the positive values embodied in that show.
This would be a good opportunity to call attention to one of the many "works in progress" on this Web site: the TV shows page. It summarizes in chronological, tabular fashion nearly all of the most popular or significant prime-time network television shows since the dawn of the TV Age in 1950. (That is when all three big networks, as well as Dumont, began regular broadcasts seven days a week.) The several hundred shows that have aired over the past six-plus decades are categorized according to network (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc.) and genre (drama, sitcom, westerns, variety, adventures, game shows, news, etc.). There are sure to be quite a few glaring omissions, and I hope to fill in those gaps in the coming months.
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Hits on this page (single blog post) since July 2, 2007:
Culture & Travel
Science & Technology
This (or that) year's
January 3, 2012 ~ Campaign 2012: All eyes are on Iowa
January 9, 2012 ~ Superdome (name and diagram) update
March 24, 2012 ~ Spring (or is it Summer ?) Training 2012!
April 1, 2012 ~ Goodlatte faces challenges from the left and the right
April 17, 2012 ~ Nationals start 2012 season on a winning note
June 11, 2012 ~ Bird breeding season is here!
June 24, 2012 ~ Strasburg wins his sixth in a row
June 19, 2012 ~ University of Virginia's president forced to resign
June 28, 2012 ~ Supreme Court upholds Obamacare (But why?)
July 17, 2012 ~ R.I.P. Cliff Fretwell (1938-2012)
August 14, 2012 ~ Baseball road trip 2012: Chicago & Cleveland
September 1, 2012 ~ Vacation 2012: travelogue and photos galore!
September 10, 2012 ~ Nats come stormin' back, get a BIG win
September 14, 2012 ~ Paul Ryan visits the Shenandoah Valley
September 19, 2012 ~ It's fall bird migration season!
September 20, 2011 ~ Humala is inaugurated president of Peru
September 25, 2012 ~ Nationals get back at Brewers, twice
October 12, 2012 ~ Romney wins the debate, cheers the Valley
October 13, 2012 ~ Deja vu: The Cardinals do it again
October 30, 2012 ~ Deja vu: Giants are World Champions, again
November 7, 2012 ~ Decision 2012: Obama wins by a clear margin
November 12, 2012 ~ U.S. Congress to remain divided (and stalemated?)
November 25, 2012 ~ Stadium comparison page updates
December 22, 2012 ~ End of the world? Not yet!
December 24, 2012 ~ Sunshine state mass update
December 24, 2012 ~ New Anglican archbishop named
December 31, 2012 ~ Are you ready for some (postseason) football?
Blog highlights have been compiled for the years 2010-2012 thus far, and eventually will be compiled for earlier years, back to 2002.
The "home made" blog organization system that I created was instituted on November 1, 2004, followed by several functional enhancements in subsequent years. I make no more than one blog post per day on any one category, so some posts may cover multiple news items or issues. Blog posts appear in the following (reverse alphabetical) order, which may differ from the chronological order in which the posts were originally made:
- Wild birds (LAST)
- Science & Technology
- Latin America
- Culture & Travel
- Canaries ("Home birds")
- Baseball (FIRST)
Also see: My blog practices.
Blog errata (Nobody's perfect.)