Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Bombs Bursting In Air

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."
-Erma Bombeck

Yesterday was the Fourth of July. My favorite holiday. Justin's family was here to celebrate and my oldest brother Brad came and stayed with Jordan. We had a barbeque on the Fourth and my brothers came over to celebrate with us. And Jordan brought dry ice. Do I need to say more?

For those of you who don't know my brothers, they like bombs. They get a little stupid when it comes to things like that. Here are some videos that will explain things better than I can.

Take 1: This is how it's supposed to happen--a 3 inch PVC pipe, a dry ice bomb, a rag, a tennis ball, and a little ramrodding.

Take 2: Let's try using watermelon rinds instead of a tennis ball!

This bomb did not go off because the bottle was leaking. We couldn't get it out of the pipe though, because it expanded. So Jordan, Justin, and Brad removed the PVC pipe from the ground, unscrewed the bottom and tried to shake it out. Didn't work. So, while Jordan and Justin held the pipe, Brad poked at it with the ramrod. It exploded back onto Brad's hand. The lid of the bottle took some of Brad's skin with it. He was a little swollen and bloody and at first we weren't sure how bad it was, but it really wasn't that serious. Here's a picture of his hand in ice.

So after everyone settled down from that mishap (and we cleaned and dressed the bloody wound) the boys decided that if at first you don't succeed, try again with more dry ice.

So in the video below, they used a Granny Smith apple, left over from our apple pie.

Take 3: Apple Surprise

The best part of this experience didn't get on film. Right as I shut the camera off, a grinning Brad said, "Let's do it again!"

Take 4: Grenade

Take 5: Another Success

Take 6: Banana Split

Take 7: Getting Stupider -- Bazooka Style

The back of the PVC pipe blew out. This redirected much of the pressure onto the back of Brad's head. He wasn't hurt. Cindy moved the baby jumper out of the way of my filming...and right into the line of fire. One of the little stuffed birdies was knocked off, but there was no real damage. What great fun we have together!

After all the explosions Brad said he wasn't as afraid of dry ice bombs as he had been. He said without fire and steel, they're not too damaging. I guess a guy who experienced three dry ice bombs in the course of an hour would know.

Afton waving a flag at the parade

Brad chewing on dry ice and blowing out smoke

Haiden, Connie, and Jerry at the fireworks show

Justin and Lara at the fireworks show

Fireworks! The show was breathtaking.

I love my country. I love it's history. The future of this great nation and her inhabitants is uncertain. These are quotes that I love and I think could help us all through whatever is in store for us. I heard once that the founding fathers believed that strong individuals make a strong society, and it cannot work the other way around. That is so true. It is easy to see that certain areas of the country, certain towns, are more poverty stricken and suffer more hardships because they rely on a government for things which they can provide for themselves. The government cannot be strong unless each individual person is strong. At the fireworks show, Idaho lieutenant govenor Jim Risch said, "Remember that the government can never provide for you better than you can provide for yourself." That really resonanted with me. I think we are headed for some tough economic times. We need to look to the examples of our grandparents and greatgrandparents and become strong, resourceful, comminuty oriented individuals. The system can never fail us, we can only fail it.

"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!"
-Thomas Jefferson

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."
-Abraham Lincoln

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
-George Washington

"Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
-John Adams

"Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea."
-John Gunther

"I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot."
-Gary Hart

"We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights."
-Felix Frankfurter

"We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution."
-John F. Kennedy

"Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety."
-Benjamin Franklin

"... God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
-Thomas Jefferson

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