Happy Birthday Uncle


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Thousands watched a Fourth of July fireworks display July 4, 2009, at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.

There are some unintended consequences in long holiday weekends, as there are in most things, particularly in legislation.  The lawmakers who designated certain days to be official and national holidays originally thought only to honor certain events, such as the founding of the nation, the lives of great men or the end of wars.  Later lawmakers were thinking more about the economy and tax revenues when they designated regular work-business days as a substitutes when the actual holiday fell at an inconvenient time for sales and extra days of unrestrained spending.

It is unlikely, however, that any of legislators were thinking of bad news fatigue when debating the legislation that made Monday a national holiday celebrating the creation of the nation.  And yet, they created safe, quiet zones where, for the most part. the regular media also takes a holiday and stops bombarding us with bad news.  The loses in the World Cup, Russian spies, oil spills, layoffs, consumer confidence declines, budget shortfalls, stock market plunges and all of the rest of it is off for the next few days.  I am also going to take a holiday from repackaging bad news and indulge myself in the news silence and think happy positive thoughts about my future and yours.

In a touch of Fourth of July irony, my granddaughter, Natasha Maria,  just got her first job.  Tash is on summer holiday after graduating with honors from high school, she begins college in the fall; that kind makes this a poignant celebration for her. As she celebrates the country’s freedom, she must recognize the loss of her own to working world of adulthood.

However, for the rest of us this is a week of additional freedom, freedom from oppressive governments, freedom from work, freedom from incessant bad news and freedom to go shopping on Monday if we want.  So get out, watch the fireworks, enjoy the sunshine, friendship and freedom: Happy Fourth of July!!!!!

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