Independence Day Weekend 2012 - Tuesday!

May I never wake up from the American dream. ~Carrie Latet

Linda Suggested We Go To McKenna's On The Bay! (Page Three)

But first.... We played a round of golf and did a mini-Happy Hour!

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We started the day with a bit of golf... Of course!

Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012
There was a Bunny in the bushes! Looking for a pay phone... No cell coverage here!


Cancel the bushes... I am noe getting a signal

Did You Know? - Payphones were preceded by pay stations, manned by telephone company attendants who would collect payment for calls placed. In 1889, the first public coin telephone was invented by William Gray and installed at a bank in Hartford, Connecticut. The invention quickly caught on, and by 1902, there were 81,000 payphones in the United States. By 1905, the first outdoor payphones with booths were installed.

By the end of 1925, 25,000 of these booths existed in New York City alone. In 1960, the Bell System installed its one millionth telephone booth. After the divestiture of Pacific Bell (California) and AT&T in 1984, it wasn't long before independent stores selling telephones opened up.

After that privately owned payphones hit the market. In 2000, there were over 2 million payphones in the United States, although today that number is around 700,000 and the major carriers, AT&T and Verizon, have both exited the business, leaving the market to be served by independent payphone companies.

A Fifteen Minute Drive From Home And We Are On The Bay!

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Excellent idea!!!

Did You Know? - Alamitos Bay is an inlet on the Pacific Ocean coast of southern California, United States, between the cities of Long Beach and Seal Beach, at the outlet of the San Gabriel River. The bay is named for the Spanish word for 'little poplars'.

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Great place to eat.... NOT vegetarian friendly

Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012

Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012
The fireworks were just north-east of our location

Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012
The dining package was a great idea

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We arrived at 6:00 on the dot and began partying

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Checking was very efficient and friendly

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We have arrived!!

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Our grandkids will probably see it this way after another 50 years.....

Time For A Stroll Before Dinner Is Served

The girls let James and Paul loose? Not a great idea!

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First stop... Flyers! They are back! James thought it would be country-western music! Wonder why??

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James became unruly at the sight of this wonderful vehicle

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"I'll see youse guys later... Pick me up about 9 pounds later"

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Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012
Yes... He did through a rock... OK, maybe it was really a pebble

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Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012
It WAS a quiet afternoon... We await the barge

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Let's get a seat and dance a bit

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Thank goodness for color photos

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James wanted a snow cone BUT it was in the 60's outside... Too cold

Did You Know? - In the 1850s the American Industrial Revolution made ice commercially available. Ice houses in New York would commonly sell ice to places like Florida. To transport the ice to Florida, the ice houses would send a wagon with a huge block of ice south. The route to Florida would pass right though Baltimore, MD. In Baltimore, children would run up to the wagon and ask for a small scraping of ice. Before long, mothers started to make flavoring in anticipation of their child receiving some ice. The first flavor these moms made was a current Baltimore favorite: egg custard. Egg custard was an easy flavor to make as all that was in it was eggs, vanilla and sugar.

By the 1870s, the snowball's popularity had risen to the degree that in the warm summer months, theaters would sell snowballs to keep their patrons cool. Because of this association with the theater, snowballs were thought of as an upper-class commodity. Signs in theaters instructing patrons to finish their snowballs before coming in to the second act are the earliest tangible evidence of snowballs. In the theaters in Baltimore during the time hand shavers were used to shave the ice. Around the city, snowballs were served on newspaper, but in the classy theaters, butchers' boats were used. In the 1890s, many people started to invent easier ways for snowballs to be made. In that decade, six different patents for electric ice shavers were filed.

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Flyers began.... Cover the ears and move away....

Did You Know? - In 1979 Flyer started performing at the Jolly Roger in Long Beach. They playing there til it became Busters Beach House in 1998. Now after 31 years and 7 months they now perform at Don the Beachcombers in Huntington Beach.

Flyer consists of Todd Hartmann - keyboards and vocals, Nancy Hartmann - guitar and Vocals and Jim Forney - lead guitar, acoustic guitar, bass and vocals.

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Ears almost gone from the loud sounds

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James offered to sing

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They said "Sure... Come on up!"

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Bashful James turned them down

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There was a marine layer in the air over the bay

Did You Know? - A marine layer is an air mass which develops over the surface of a large body of water such as the ocean or large lake in the presence of a temperature inversion. The inversion itself is usually initiated by the cooling effect of the water on the surface layer of an otherwise warm air mass.

As it cools, the surface air becomes denser than the warmer air above it, and thus becomes trapped below it. The layer may thicken through turbulence generated within the developing marine layer itself. It may also thicken if the warmer air above it is lifted by an approaching area of low pressure.

The layer will also gradually increase its humidity by evaporation of the ocean or lake surface, as well as by the effect of cooling itself. Fog will form within a marine layer where the humidity is high enough and cooling sufficient to produce condensation. Stratus and stratocumulus will also form at the top of a marine layer in the presence of the same conditions there.

In the case of coastal California, the offshore marine layer is typically propelled inland by a pressure gradient which develops as a result of intense heating inland, blanketing coastal communities in cooler air which, if saturated, also contains fog. The fog lingers until the heat of the sun becomes strong enough to evaporate it, often lasting into the afternoon[2] during the "May gray" or "June gloom" period.

An approaching frontal system or trough can also drive the marine layer onshore. With Southern California's high concentration of military bases, a marine layer propelled inland can be colloquially described as "the marines coming inland".

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We found a table and proceeded to dance a few dances

The Fireworks Barge Arrives

Did You Know? - Barge is attested from 1300, from Old French barge, from Vulgar Latin barga. The word originally could refer to any small boat; the modern meaning arose around 1480. Bark "small ship" is attested from 1420, from Old French barque, from Vulgar Latin barca (400 AD). The more precise meaning "three-masted ship" arose in the 17th century, and often takes the French spelling for disambiguation. Both are probably derived from the Latin barica, from Greek baris "Egyptian boat", from Coptic bari "small boat", hieroglyphic Egyptian and similar ba-y-r for "basket-shaped boat".

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The blue lights were the police escort... Keeping the stupids at a distance!

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Bam... It begins

Did You Know? - The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China, where they were invented. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities. It is a part of the culture of China and had its origin there, eventually it spread to other cultures and societies. Important events and festivities such as the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) and the Mid-Autumn Festival were and still are times when fireworks are guaranteed sights. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.

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The sky was ablaze in lights

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Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012

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Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012
Boys... Always solving problems

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Smile!!

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The contents of a Happy Face mortar

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James got another BAD IDEA....

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Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012

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Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012

Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012

Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012

Fireworks at McKenns On The Bay July 3rd 2012