Monday, July 5, 2010

A hot but enjoyable 4th

It hit about 95 degrees yesterday. It was somewhat humid. As we passed 6 o'clock the temperature dropped a bit. I have to say that I have become a bit more tolerant of the heat as I've become older. Still as I write this I am sitting in air conditioned comfort and that's just fine with me. I had a very nice day and I let loose in the eating and drinking department. My brother in law did a terrific job manning the grill. I had the best barbecued chicken breast I have ever had. Though I like beer I'm not a big drinker. 1 or 2 and that's it. Yesterday I drank a 6 pack. Samuel Adams natch! Granted that was spaced over 6 hours. They tasted great. The food was wonderful and my other sister made up with my brother in law after a year and a half. Let me tell you that wasn't a great Christmas.
Anyway I briefly thought about going over to Cambridge to watch the fireworks across the river from Boston but quickly talked myself out of that. I could have watched from several locations in my town but who wants to see them from 5 miles away. So I watched them on television. I know the fireworks were broadcast nationally but locally the TV broadcast ran 2 hours earlier. I decided to try something. I set my camera on my crappy tripod in front of the television and in the movie mode I recorded most of the concert. I had my dvr record it as well but I have no way of getting any of that footage on to my computer and posted here. I have watched some of the recording and it came out ok so I made a much shortened version of the 1812 overture with the movie maker. The performance was about twelve minutes long but since you can only post at best, 4 minutes or 100 megabytes. I paired it down to about 3:45. Actually it's the last 3:45. When I get the chance I will try to throw something together with the fireworks display. The sound quality isn't the greatest and the video quality is ok considering it's a camera recording of a tv screen.

All in all I had pleasant day. I have no squawks to mention. Well I do have squawks but I'm not going to mention them. It's another hot day though it is sunny with a cloudless blue skies. For the rest of the day I will be chillin'. Maybe I'll crack open one more Sam.

I'm outta here.


  1. I enjoyed your video. Very well done. I am glad you had a good time and you let loose. Keep chillin!

  2. Hey Paul, if we can't cut loose once in awhile, life isn't worth living. I watched part of the White House Ceremony, all of the Hudson River fireworks and part of the Boston Pops. It was all very enjoyable. You did a great job with the video.
    Isn't it great when family gets along?

  3. Well Beth they are getting along...for now.
    Toodie I'm still chillin'.

  4. Holy Mackrel! My family needs an intervention. Have you seen the film Sordid Lives? or that Showtime show "Brotherhood"? That's pretty much my family. lol. Well, its not funny but it is, ya know? Drama, drama, drama! So glad you had a good holiday.

  5. Sounds great,. me and Beth and Michiko wish we'd been able to crash the party and have some ribs!

  6. Whew...
    I finally found you; nice place ya got here, Paul! I'm just about ready to call it a day, so I'll be back tomorrow to catch up on all your entries so far.
    "See" ya later, my friend!

  7. Best not to mention squawks, then they won't notice when you ignore 'em.
    Great quality on the video considering it was from the TV, belated happy 4th July.
    Just leaving a comment saying hiya, dropping on by, going on to who knows where, 'cepting me of course!!

  8. Many thanks to both, Marge and Lady Penelope for stopping by. The same goes for the rest of you folks. I appreciate every comment I get. Even mine.

  9. Mom took away that awful verification step..she hopes. Let her know.

  10. I'm baaack, Paul; loved the vid--not bad at all for having been recorded off the telly.
    I agree with the rest of your buds that it was great you were able to kick back and enjoy...and anytime family can get along, well, what can I say..?

    I feel a little self-conscious about leaving a comment now; yours are infinitely more interesting!!!

    Take care, continue to chill, and toss back a Sam for me, willya???

    Never mind...forgot I don't, that is...