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Happy 4th of July [Jul. 6th, 2013|12:57 pm]
kyle cassidy
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We had a pretty low key though spectacular 4th of July. Instead of fireworks and cookouts we decided to spend some time celebrating the Declaration of Independence which was signed in Philadelphia. trillian_stars and I hosted a dramatic reading of it conducted by a number of actors who each took turns reading.

I was impressed at how simple and elegant a document it is and how relatively straight forward.

Listening to the Victrola

We tend to learn in school that it boils down to "taxation without representation" but that's not really the case. The authors laid out a list of grievances. Some of the more interesting:

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

After the reading we sat around and listened to various patriotic songs on the Victrola, from WWI and WWII propaganda songs to Sousa marches.

Director Cara Blouin is always dressed to the nines.
You may clickenzee to emgiggen her outfit.

Trillian and I spent the rest of the day in the pool where she read The Fellowship of the Ring out loud to me because she's that awesome.

Clickenzee to Embiggen

Friday we did a West Philly triathalon which means we rode our bicycles five miles, ran four miles, and played nine holes of miniature golf.

Clickenzee to Embiggen

Later we went gallery hopping at First Friday and met some great artists. I spent much of saturday working on a new Top Sekret Projeckt which has been a long time coming and will be spectacular in its execution. Very excited about this one, though it's going to take a long time to finish.

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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2013-07-06 05:24 pm (UTC)
I went to a friend's house. We grilled massive amounts of meat and ate chips and blueberry pie then watched Super and John Dies at the End. When I got home, my dog was sick, and I had to take him to the vet yesterday. After being pumped full of fluids and given anti-vomit medicine, he is now trying to steal food from my hand and escape my room, where I am forcing him to convalesce. Fourth of July was good, yesterday was horrible.
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2013-07-06 06:52 pm (UTC)
I like that the latter half of the Declaration could practically be in bullet points.

My sweetie and I watched "Cloud Atlas." Weird movie, long, but totally worth sticking around for things coming together. You should see it if you have not yet.
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[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2013-07-06 07:32 pm (UTC)
You guys have the most awesome salons ever.

A bunch of friends and I once drew character names out of a hat for all the roles in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and did a cold reading of it--it made for a marvelous afternoon.
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[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2013-07-07 03:50 am (UTC)
I always post a link to this:


The Declaration of Independence, translated into American by H.L. Mencken.

A friend of ours has a houseboat with a barge-to-zenith view of the city fireworks. Only a few people at a time, so if he doesn't invite us one year, that's the breaks.

I thought Cara Blouin was Trillian Stars at first, even though they don't look much alike, because every picture of a well-dressed beautiful woman in your blog is Trillian Stars. ;> Actually, "Gatsby" was my first thought.
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[User Picture]From: oracne
2013-07-07 01:33 pm (UTC)
I went to an orchard with the Adorable Tots and their mom, picked raspberries, and admired the Gerbera daisies in all their glorious colors. Then I went home and finished reading a book and ate leftover pizza.
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[User Picture]From: kgb1138
2013-07-08 03:32 pm (UTC)
Very neat Sir Kyle!
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