It still happens and I guess at my age it is safe to predict that it is not going to change anytime soon. You see, I still get that little lump in my throat and slight palpitation in my heart when I hear The Star Spangled Banner. I know some of you may think that this is a little sappy but I’m OK with that and besides, there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about it anyway. And you know, I think sometimes sappy is a good thing and you gotta remember just how much our country’s National Anthem represents. In spite of our problems and differences, the United States is still unmatched for the freedom and liberty it provides to its citizens and it is unparalleled in the history of mankind. Sure I get a little embarrassed by some of the stupid things we sometimes do and I am certainly not a big fan of many of our politicians, but the system of democracy that so many have fought for and in many cases given their lives for is still the best form of government ever devised by mortal man. So as you take part in and enjoy your July 4th celebrations this year, go ahead, let that tear well up, be proud of that lump in your throat, and be proud of what you are and what we stand for … and maybe whisper a little prayer for our future as well. Happy 4th of July America!!!
I’m Liking It … I am a big believer in the future of Solar Power and therefore I was encouraged yet again when I picked up an e-mail alert from ENR announcing that Apple Computer is planning to build an 18-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant in Northern Nevada to provide power for a data center that they are going to build east of Reno. I have said for some time now that at some point in the not-too-distant future, most, if not all of our major new construction projects will see photovoltaic technology integrated into them. It is the future and it’s coming on qucikly.
Keeping It Short … I know many of you are traveling today or maybe sneaking out a little early to start your holiday celebrations so I am going to keep it short. And to tell you the truth, I need to get going myself because in about seven hours or so my home will be invaded by about 32 or so people looking for a burger or two and all that goes with them. You see, my house … actually my back yard … sits about 250 yards from where the village I live in presents its annual 4th of July fireworks show. And it is quite a show! The McDonalds Corporation is headquartered here and underwrites the cost of the event every year. It is extremely well done and is typically held the night of July third. I love fireworks but to be quite honest, I didn’t even know about this annual show until after I had purchased the property. Kind of a bonus. I’ll let you know next week how it goes and maybe even try to get a picture or two if I have time.
It’s Summertime … Like most people, I love the summer season. Having lived in a northern climate all of my life, it is an absolute treat to get outside without being all bundled up and enjoy the sun and warmth. I also like working in the yard and even donate a half a day a week to landscape work at my church. Last week, I came across this friendly critter … about a three pound snapping turtle … while doing some grass trimming. He was re-deposited in a local pond shortly after we met. I thought about keeping him around for a while to show the grandkids but these guys can bite off a finger if you’re not careful so I decided to take a cell phone picture and let it go at that.
The Sports Thing … We Chicagoans are still basking in the glow of the Blackhawks reclaiming of the Stanley Cup so to be quite candid here, I am not aware of any other sporting events of any type anywhere as having taken place in the last 7-10 days or so.
By the way, the parade and rally held on behalf of the Hawks last Friday attracted an estimated 3 million people and set a record for public celebratory gatherings in Chicago. I know that sounds like an impossible number, but if you watched any of the live TV coverage, I think you would have to agree with that estimate. Few teams in the history of Chicago sports have captured the hearts of Chicagoans quite like this Hawks team.
The Quotable Thing … Well it happened again and please understand that I am quite appreciative when it does. I refer here to being checked and corrected by an alert reader … this time it’s Scott Leslie of Fredericksburg Glass & Mirror. To the point, Scott tracked down the quote I used last week and not only found out who had said it (I had stated that I did not know) but also made a correction to it for accuracy’s sake, indicated when it first appeared in public and provided a bit of additional insight as well. Now before anyone gets the wrong idea here, I am quite sure that Scott did all of this research on his own time and not while on the job! Right, Scott???
OK, so Scott found out that this quote (last week’s) belonged to Winston Churchill. It first appeared in a Readers Digest magazine in 1942 and was actually said (by Churchill) with a specific person in mind. I am going to repeat it here in its corrected version while also publicly thanking Scott for his efforts.
“Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but he always picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened”
Have A Great Week Everybody!!!