The 4th of July 2012

The 4th in Fort Bragg is always fun. For small business owners it’s not the best day for sales, as most shops in town close, and everyone heads to Mendocino for the parade. This year it fell in the middle of the week, so closing Pippi’s wasn’t a terrible decision.

Jeremy and Danielle came into town for a visit and we had a blast. There was less nudity in the parade compared to years past, but watching people who have never seen the event before is thoroughly entertaining.

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Just one example of the strange floats in the parade. The dog lifts its leg and pees on the guy dressed as a fire hydrant.

When I started packing up beer and wine for the parade, Danielle was concerned. When we got there, and she saw that everyone was drinking on the street, I promptly poured her a glass of wine. Nothing like having a drink with great friends, on the street watching insanely off-the-wall floats pass by. End the day with a small barbeque at our house rounded out an amazing holiday.

Happy 4th everyone!

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I seem to have a Star Wars shirt for every occasion.

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The newly engaged, and his best man.

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Every fire house within a 50 mile radius is represented in the parade. Hope there’s never a fire on the 4th!

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Rowan making fruit kabobs for the BBQ.

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This guy yells “Root Beer” at the top of his lungs while helpers pass it out behind him. He sings too. Be thankful you didn’t hear it.

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This is about as scandalous as it got this year.

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This “pigeon” shows up for every parade without signing up. The white stuff on the street is the “poop” it leaves behind. WTF?

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Grubbing on some Q.

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The kids love Jeremy of course

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No idea he could even read!:)

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Apparently size matters.

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Your guess is as good as mine.

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Just one of many protest floats

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Painting in the yard on the 5th. An artist just like her mom.