yeah, i need a vacation

Am going away on one--just a long weekend, for the 4th of July, but still. Will be the first vacation without my laptop in tow in---oh, I don't remember how long. This is probably indicative of something. Various notebooks will be accompanying me, though, so I hope to get some (a lot) of writing done. We'll see.

Anyways, have a great fourth, everyone!
Hope you had a happy 4th as well! We stayed up late and watched 1776 (on my aunt and uncle's biiiiiiig-screen TV) and it was marvelous. Especially John & Abigail. I'll have to borrow the book you gave J&A, once they're in the area again.

(I must apologize for not responding to your emails; for some reason, right now comment boxes are easier to cope with than emails. Wish I knew why, so I could do something about it.)
January 26th is Australia Day when we barbeque, get drunk and watch fireworks. We aren't allowed to play with fireworks, only professionals can! Of course they set fire to the Tennis centre once when the firework went astray :D
In the states, who gets to play with fireworks depends on where you are and whether the cops feel like enforcing regulations. Most places, they only step in if people are being stupid and endangering other people. And everyone gets to play with ground-based fireworks. They sell them in grocery stores every June!