Very sorry not to have my sister here with me this year. moriae and poh were good company, however, and very enthusiastic about the devilled eggs and the mansticks. And we liked how we figured out the parking situation right this year and made a quick beeline back to Capitol Hill after it was all over instead of getting stuck in traffic on Eastlake for an hour like last year.
Just so you know I'm a complete burnout: at one point, as the tiny twinkles arced over the barge and down toward the water, I turned to shadowdaddy and said, "Every one of those little stars represents someone whose civil liberties have been trampled on in the wake of 9/11." And he laughed. Ah, bitter irony - goes well with grilled dogs every time.
And with that, a Happy Fourth of July to you all! America - jingoistic since at least 1830 and still going strong!