HOW WAS YOUR FOURTH OF JULY? Did you display a “sparkling” personality, or did you have a “short fuse?” I was lucky… I got to watch an explosive display of fireworks. (The Texas Legislature was on C-Span!) In any case, there were no “duds” in our group, and we had a marvelous Texas-style barbecue, compliments of the good folks at The Salt Lick. Speaking of the Fourth…..
Did you know that the first Independence Day celebration occurred in the city of Philadelphia on July 8, 1776? Believe it or not, it wasn’t until 1804 that the White House celebrated the event. (Better late than never!) For your reading pleasure, I now submit some fun facts about our nation’s birthday…..
In 1776, there were 2.5 million people in America.
In 2013, we have approximately 310 million people in America.
And because this is the MOST American of all holidays, you should know that…..
95% of our fireworks are made in….. China!
94% of our American flags are made in….. China!
The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championship has been won (6 times) by a fellow named Takeru Kobayashi, who was born in….. Japan! (You thought I was going to say, China, right?)
Well, at least we have become an inclusive country! When was the last time you saw an American sumo wrestling champion? Or an American ping pong champion? Exactly. I rest my case.
So what else is new? Well, the third “Adam Gold Mystery” titled, DEVIL’S COVE, is set for publication and will be available on Amazon.com in the very near future. I shall keep you informed of the exact release date. Last week I spent some quality time with Will Ravenel, the world’s best structural integration therapist. I had some shoulder pain that Will the “Miracle Worker”/magician made disappear in one short session! If you’re ever in pain or discomfort, take my advice, and contact Will at Castle Hill Fitness. (You will thank me later!)
I would like to say “Happy Birthday” to two remarkable (and stunningly attractive) women….. Ms. Ingrid Kaminski and Ms. Sharon Francia. Both of these lovely ladies recently celebrated their 39th birthday. Ladies, you look marvelous, absolutely marvelous! I would also like to congratulate Mrs. Helena Bomblatus, who is expecting a baby girl later in the week. She’s expecting a baby, but not delivering one. (Helena is the grandmother!) Best wishes to her and her husband, Lee. (And also to Rita….. who is actually having the baby!)
Well, gang, that’s about it for me. Please remember that pushing the elevator button more than once does NOT make it arrive any faster. (That one’s for you, Vicki!) Finally, in light of our recent holiday, I would remind you what Mark Twain once said….. “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it….. ”
God Bless America! Love to all,
We too, had a wonderful 4th, typical NYC style….barbecue and Macy’s fireworks view from our terrace. ( but honestly, TV version is the best). Steve, just wanted you to know that there is a women’s contest for the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and the winner for the third year in a row was, none other than the infamous,Sonya Thomas ( née : lee Sun-kyung) also known as “the black widow” ( Korean-American). TBW refers to her ability to regularly defeat men four to five times her size. She ate 363/4 hot dogs this year and beat her competitor Ms Lee by 3/4 of a dog. Women rock too! It’s a dog eat dog world (get it?)
All my best to you and the goils!
Stephen – you’re so funny, I love reading your blogs. Thank you for the shout out and making me feel special on my 49th birthday.
Oh, and, I cracked up Fri. night at poker. I really wanted to wake up with dignity on Sat. so as you would expect, in very sneaky fashion, I snuck out early. Did not want to feel obligated to deliver on your very robust promise to the winners.
Of course my leaving had absolutely nothing to do with me getting knocked out early :).
XXOO and see you soon!
PS I know dignity is overrated so will reconsider next year!
Good cards or not, you are still a winner and always will be!
I hope you had a marvelous birthday…. you certainly deserve it!