Any personal reflections on this national holiday? Are you/we really free? I'll (Sal) be celebrating this year's (2007) celebration a little different than the year before. Lately, I've been reading a lot of WWII history-particularly my own family's native background-Philippines. I appreciate more of my current homeland-United States of America more as I get older. When I say current, I mean temporary because my true home will be or even now (in my heart) the Kingdom of Heaven! All the fireworks and everything is cool, which is actully a sign of hope for many of us here in America. However, we should also look underneath all the celebration and reflect where we as individuals or as a nation have been-where we started! We then will begun -if we haven't done so-to appreciate God's blessings-God bless America! (and that we shall bless other nations too and not "hog" it all!
My 2007 Experience
I had a 10-day or so vacation from my work, so I took advantage of this long streak of days off with family and friends. One of my goals was to finish this book-"Bataan Uncensored" (see WWII Filipino & American History)-ended up reading 3/4 of the 400 page book.
My first day (Thursday, June 28th of 2007) I hunged out with my sister and her boyrfiend in Maple Grove. We drove around the neighborhood to various shops. Then I had to get home before it go to late in St. Paul, which I stayed at my dad's place overnight.
On Friday, I just hunged out with my niece after taking my number one errand (take the lease out of my Toyota Corolla 00' that I finished paying off just 3 months ago-2 years of $250 monthly payments!). I even had the chance to play baseball with her for the first time-see pictures. That evening, my mom and I went to the Taste of Minnesota (sorry no pics) on the first day it opened. We didn't eat at all because we were full after eating Papa Johns (medium pizza for only $5 the day after Twins score more than 5 runs everytime-awesome deal.).
On Saturday, I just chilled with my mom just having a good conversation with her-catching up on family stuff. That evening my mom and I went to our first Saturday evening (5pm) service at Woodland Hills Church together.
On Sunday, we went to St. Pascals Baylon Catholic church in the first morning mass (@8:30am). Later in the afternoon, I drove all the way to Maple Grove to pick Thelma and Tyler up to check out the Taste of Minnesota (see pics), which we decided together to not stay for the fireworks. I ended up playing video games with Thelma and Tyler for awhile before gong to bed Sunday evening. I wanted to make sure I get a good nights rest because of my road trip the following day.
It is Monday and I decided to take Uncle Lou-Aunti Lita to Morris for the first time. Along the way, we stopped over at Alexandria (45 mintues north east of Morris). I wanted to pick-up some landscapping rocks in Menards for my house (see). I took them all over town before and after a chicken dinner from the deli at Willies Super Valu'.
The next morning (Tuesday, July 3rd of 2007), we all got up early to the morning sun. My Uncle watched one of the four DVD movies we rented for a week from the local library. Around 9am, we scheduled to meet a friend (Gene D., who was a missionary for "Navigators Ministry" in the Philippines for 25+ years) of mine from my local church at Don's Cafe. We walked back to my house (2 block away) after a good small rainshower and then got ready to go back home. I wished I checked the weather before we left around 11am (visited the famous horticulture gardens as we left town and stop to take a picture of a wheat field outside of Sauk Centre) because we went through 2 storm systems of the same that just went along I-94 going southeast. We didn't get home till 3:45am (almost 5 hours on the road-minus 1 hour when we decided to just wait in Albertiville to shop at Premium Outlets. Rest of the day, I just relaxed after a long drive and ended the evening by watching "One Night With the King" (see personal reflections on this movie based in Persia-Iran).
Yeah, July 4th-Independence Day! We all met at Ceo & Khua's house for a "last minute" (planned this 3-days ago) get-together. It was a pot-luck where we all brought different dishes. After, I went to hangout with old h.s. buddy Sean and Dan S. to watch the highy anticipated movie of the year-"Tansformers" (see my 80's nostalgia)! I then went over to see a friend of mine that I've mentored for years in Minneapolis. Late that evening, we (Mom and Aunti Lita) went to see the grand finale at the Taste.
I started Thursday with a workout! My Uncle, Aunt, and Sean all got together to play tennis early this morning to avoid the rise of temperature/heat throughout the day. I then took my mom early in the afternoon to Midtown Global Market south of downtown Minneapolis. We were watching the WCCO Noon News and they mentioned about a free health screening. I've heard so much of this multi-cultural market place, so i wanted to check it out. It was like the Festival of Nations, which we bought and tasted various ethnic-food! We came home and tried more of the various foods we bought.
Last full-day home, so I went to get some final errands done (e.g. oil change-where this guy opened up to me about his trucking life. I was waiting on Sean to call me to get together for lunch, but he was delayed with an errand withing his family. I ended up listening and watching the Twins baseball winning the doubleheader with a total score of 32-14 at Chicago against the White Sox! It was awesome! Between games, my mom and I went to Papa's again to try their awesome gyros (I decided to try something different-chicken pita wrap)! I ended up interviewing my mom to learn more about her family's side of WWII in the Philippines (particulary by Lingayen Gulf where the Japanese landed).
Last day, I decided to just leave and drive to Morris whenever I woke up this Saturday morning. I ended waking up around 6:30am due to the sun rising! I wanted to leave early to avoid the expected rising heat (97 farenheit is the expected high), so I was on the road by 7am (first had to drop something for my mom) and arrived in Alexandria (wanted to pick-up more landscaping rocks) around 9:50am. When I arrived in Morris around 11:30am, I unpacked my car and jumped on the computer to load many pictures I took from my camera phone that are in many of the links above. Later in the evening, it was too hot to just stay in my cool basement all the time, so I went with a couple of friends to Cottownwood Lake in Donnelly to cool off! Before my night ended, I watched one of the 4 movies that I was personally anticipating to see--very disturbing, but inspired to want to do something!
*remember to wear red, white, and blue. Never went to a big July 4th celebration until I came here in 2001 while living in Morris.
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*was listening to this on my way to the Twin Cities for the July 4th Weekend Vacation in 2011
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*note: there is no perfect nation and the USA didn't start out perfectly (e.g. slavery) either!
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Lou Gehrig Speech Yankee Stadium July 4th, 2009.