And all you comedians who try to give it a 15 or a -3 will be shot.
I give it 10/10. You get the day off work, you eat hot dogs and, more importantly, corn on the cobb, you get to watch fireworks (which was more exciting a few years ago when they were illegal in GA), and it’s hot and humid and the cicadas are loud and it’s fucking SUMMERTIME!
Apparently Bijoux disagrees, though… >:(
Correct answer : -35.you get the day off tell that to servers, retail employees, gas station attendants, hotel staff, hot dog vendors and everyone else who has to work, sometimes a more hectic schedule or extra hours to accommodate the people who do get the day off.
The food : As a Southerner you should know corn on the cob is readily available on more than one day. And the food I make at home is better because a fly isn’t going to keep landing on it and I won’t have to attempt holding my plate, napkin and drink, balancing it all in my lap while protecting from bugs and wind.
AND IT’S FUCKING SUMMERTIME exactly. Which means that even after the 4th I still have to put up with : heat, humidity, bugs, people wearing barely any clothes, too many people driving, screaming children playing outdoors, people asking me dumb questions like, Would you like to sit outside to eat, Wanna go for a walk, I’m taking little Johnny to the park do you want to come and, worst of all, Wanna go to Six Flags.
NOW YOU HATE SIX FLAGS???
I don’t think I can even talk to you anymore…
Hating Six Flags is like hating life itself.
Okay, yes I can.
tell that to servers, retail employees, gas station attendants, hotel staff, hot dog vendors and everyone else who has to work, sometimes a more hectic schedule or extra hours to accommodate the people who do get the day off.
Fine. I’m sorry to people who work service jobs.
corn on the cob is readily available on more than one day.
Yeah, but it’s more fun on 4th of July.
even after the 4th I still have to put up with
So are your issues with summertime in general, or the 4th of July?
Love cicadas, hate roaches.
people wearing barely any clothes
Guilty as charged! :P
too many people driving
hmmm – traffic’s better in ATL in the summertime.
screaming children playing outdoors
I love hearing kids play!
And here are my answers to these supposedly “dumb” questions:
Would you like to sit outside to eat? Yes please!
Wanna go for a walk? – Definitely!
I’m taking little Johnny to the park do you want to come? – Absolutely!
Wanna go to Six Flags? – Oh, actually, I’m already there… wanna come meet me?
9/10 – due to the the very real possibility possibility for a mosquito invasion of the festivities (and don’t talk to me about bug spray. I think they like it!)
I can’t really rate it since I’m not American, but my favorite thing about it is One from the Heart
Fireworks are not worth seeing if it means I have to put up with all of the other people who came to watch them.
I work a service job.
Six Flags means standing in a line for seven hours to ride something for seven seconds. And when it’s finally my turn I’m escorted to a seat that is being exited by. 700 pound person who probably caused my buckle gear to malfunction but it doesn’t matter anyway because I will probably slip out of the seat anyway since it is covered in the sweat of the previous occupants.
And now that there is a water park attached I get to see plenty more atrocities.
Yes, I dislike most of summer’s offerings and the 4th is just one big celebration of all of them.
This could stem from having a sister who loved summer (worked at Six Flags) and loved sports and so I spent the months getting dragged to softball games and having her think I would eventually grow to love throwing around a football.
i will transfer this to Australia Day and Dreamworld and endorse everything wise owl Bijoux has said and fireworks…don’t get me started, millions and millions of dollars spent as our cities try to outdo each other on outrageous extravaganzas, noisy horrid crowds no loo’s hundreds of terrified dogs birds falling dead from trees UGH
In UK it’s Nov 5th Guy Fawkes night, the awful terrifying firework night for our dog Bryn- and nowadays people blast their fireworks weeks before and after, so the whole period is a bad one for Bryn.
Fourth of July- (in Texas) 4/10
That’s when we battled those aliens with huge ships, right?
I must say that while Fourth of July celebrations are probably cool someplace, over in Republican country, celebrations here suck ass.
My rating for the 4th of July would have peaked out when I was about ten and still thought it was cool to blow shit up. It’s been downhill ever since. At least we aren’t getting so much mad jingoism now that most people have realized that the Iraq war was a very stupid undertaking.
Look, when I celebrate the 4th, it doesn’t have anything to do with the current state of this nation (which is broken). I’m celebrating the rejection of monarchy and taxation without representation—the revolution that would bring about the Declaration of Independence, an incredible document as it is (obviously tainted at the time by the existence of slavery, but the document itself provided the argument against it). The ideas there and in the Constitution are what I’m all about, and I’m not into American Exceptionalism or jingoism of any kind.
I celebrate those ideas, that all people are created equal. That government should be of the people, for the people, by the people. That we should have certain freedoms that protect us from our government.
This country is a sad shadow of what it should be (and it really always has been, though it’s bad right now), so I’m not celebrating what it is. I’m celebrating the ideas behind its birth, which point to what could be.
And yes, blowing shit up is great fun. It also reminds me that this country was born in war, and while that is true, we should try to ensure that the only explosions our children are subjected to are the pretty and benign kind we showcase on the 4th, and never send them to war.
My tradition here is to round up the neighbor kids and have bottle rocket wars. Hell yeeeeaaaah. (I live in the country).
I’d like the holiday a lot better if most people approached it the way you do, House. Still, celebrations centered around explosives seem not quite what an excessively militaristic country needs to help push it in a better direction…
I don’t understand the mindset that associates the 4th of July (or patriotism for that matter) with partisan politics. We’ve had great leaders and terrible leaders, but as House said, its the ideals that matter.
I think we’re on the same page. Again, I don’t mind being reminded that this nation was born in war (our national anthem is a war poem), because that reminds me how precious that sacrifice should be—as it was then and as it was in WWII (though we did our fair share of atrocious things during that war [Dresden, for one])—and reminds me of how often and for often dubious reasons we’ve gone to war since. The irony in the celebration does not escape me, though I share your opinion that it does likely escape most people who live here.
it’s a paid holiday, so that’s nice, so even if you have to work should get double time unless you work for a jerkoff.
but i dislike most holidays and the jingoism of the 4th is appalling, and i do without it
i really don’t understand the appeal of fireworks. surely since lasers, or tv, or even electricity was invented, what’s to be got from watching a few squeaky disorganised lights momentarily obscure the far greater grandeur of the stars in the night sky? all puny sound and fury highlighting the cosmic indifference…..although sparklers were fun when we were kids, because according to the adults the minute you held one your hand would fall off………but otherwise, one goes off, it explodes, everyone goes ooh, i don’t get it.
I agree, I absolutely loathe people that love America, but it’s still fun to set off fireworks.
I love America. And quite frankly, I think it’s a great time to celebrate the fact that we don’t have to put on some retarded jubilee celebration for anyone.
I was joking, I am just always skeptical when people throw around words like jingoism. Maybe I just misunderstand what they mean by it.
That being said:
“…I am just always skeptical when people throw around words like jingoism.”
How about the celebrating of a founding ideal built around self-determinist freedom while literally tearing down democracies the world over and instituting brutal military and fascist dictatorships in their stead?
………but otherwise, one goes off, it explodes, everyone goes ooh, i don’t get it.
That’s because you never participated in a fireworks war from a boat.
Roman Candles kill, son.
The U.S. is a friend to every established socialist democracy in the world. What we suck at is choosing the right side in the heat of the moment.
I hate fireworks, it is hot and usually the worst of the summer films come out
How about the celebrating of a founding ideal built around self-determinist freedom while literally tearing down democracies the world over and instituting brutal military and fascist dictatorships in their stead? That fit?
Well, it doesn’t fit inside my brain, I’ll tell you that. ;)
That’s because you never participated in a fireworks war from a boat. Roman Candles kill, son.
Hahaha you guys shoot roman candles at each-other? That’s hardcore. We just use Bottle Rockets and Firecrackers. Also, doing it from a boat sounds awesome.