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Old 07-04-2006, 11:24 AM   #1
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July 4, 1976- Where were you?

What were you doing 30 years ago on the 200th anniversery of the birth of the USA?

I was staying at the Gunter Hotel in downtown San Antonio Texas. I was in town to attend a 2 week class at Ft. Sam Houston, but the post did not have room for all of us so they billited us in the hotel and bused us to the post every AM.

SA had a great parade that day (as most of the USA did) and the parade marched right past the hotel on Houston Street, so I got a great seat for the festivities.

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I was a lolita-ish, tanned hard bodied 14 year old smoking a fatty on a beach in Hawaii. I'm not joking either.
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Lake Winnipesauke New Hampshire. Probably misspelled that. Big parade, lots of station wagons full of people.
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Taking a few days off from the Air Force running around Philadelphia
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i was 19 partying in fort lauderdale, on break from partying college in tampa. this was the lauderdale of spring break motels, long before the 4/5-star hotels evolved. right after i left for school my parents sold the house and moved back aboard. the boat was docked right at the top of "the strip." every afternoon residents & local boaters would bring food & drink to the pool. very social, floating backgammon tables, chicken fights in the water. very fun.

night time was filled with sex fireworks on the beach. hmmm. come to think of it, it's been 30 years and not a whole lot has change.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan in grad school. Rode my bike to a great fireworks display which was followed by a much greater thunder and lightning display.
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Yea CFB left off an e at the end..very good though.

If I remember correctly ( I was a 22 yr old in much the same shape and condition as cube rat) I was house sitting my parents while they took their boat down to Boston Harbor for the festivites. I think they had tall ships come thru but I could be mistaken on the year, it's really all a blurr. I did go to the huge fireworks display here that was shot over the river, next to the Boston show it was the best I've ever seen.

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I was a lolita-ish, tanned hard bodied 14 year old smoking a fatty on a beach in Hawaii.* I'm not joking either.
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We had a picnic with friends and then went into D.C. for the fireworks on the national mall. They were the most spectacular fireworks I've every seen.

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Cube: You are still Lolita to me.
Theres some DIRT thats lolita to you!
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I was 16 and in a summer science program for high-schoolers at University of Florida in Gainsville FL. Came out of that deciding to become an Electrical Engineer rather than a Biochemist. Turned out to be a good move for me as it put me right on the path to ER (even though I had no such financial interests at the time).

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I was working the night shift in the local hospital watching people get old, sick and die.* Came out of that deciding to become a Biochemist rather than a Physician.* Turned out to be a good move for me as it ...* Well, I was already thinking about ER when I was giving those early a.m. enemas.
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Unemployed, drawing an unemployment check, spending my recent acquisition of a 16K liquidation of a retirement account from my last job (not understanding I would have to pay taxes on early withdrawal), at the beach in San Diego, and not a care in the world (as I remember it).* I wonder if the phrase "the more things change the more they remain the same" applies here.* Ask me again in 30 years.* *
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I was a lolita-ish, tanned hard bodied 14 year old smoking a fatty on a beach in Hawaii. I'm not joking either.
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We had a picnic with friends and then went into D.C. for the fireworks on the national mall. They were the most spectacular fireworks I've every seen.

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I was 22 and about to get married on the 16th. My future MIL waited for a long time in line and got us tickets to see the big aforementioned fireworks display from the roof of the Kennedy Center in DC. Really good fireworks.

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17 years old. Working my first Sunday at Arby's in South Bend, IN. Roast beefs were $0.94, small drinks (12 oz., you can't get them that small any more) were $0.25!
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Ah yesss...ahhhbies with horsey sauce. Five for five bucks not that long ago...

And those french fries made out of some kind of mashed potato that came out of a machine...

Yummy.
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I was house sitting my parents while they took their boat down to Boston Harbor for the festivites. I think they had tall ships come thru but I could be mistaken on the year, it's really all a blurr.
good memory, that was the year of the tall ships. they toured a bunch of u.s. ports and most i think were in new york harbor for the 4th. biggest sail i've been on was the www.clearwater.org . my folks were supporters when we lived in the area. i'd love to sail on a tall ship some day. that must be just amazing.

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I was 16 and in a summer science program for high-schoolers at University of Florida in Gainsville FL.
i missed you in g-ville by just a bit. i was there 1978/1980. what great fun a great school that was.
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26, recently out of the military but stayed in Europe. Spent 7/4/76 skiing on a glacier in northern Italy. Can't remember name.

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