Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Homeless Report: 4th of July Edition

So for the 4th of July, Adria and I went with Adria's family to Cannon Beach where we spent a couple of days. We had a pleasant time walking on the beach and relaxing. The Cannon Beach Library was also having a book sale that we visited and we got some interesting books (I got a book titled The August Coup by Mikhail Gorbachev and Adria got a cookbook that has recipes and tips for cooking with various sorts of grains).

Here are some of the pictures that I took during our stay at the beach:

Here is a sand-dollar that Adria found on the beach

Here is a picture of a really cool sand castle that we stumbled upon on one of our walks. I really like the colorful rocks that are sort of like stained glass.

Here is a picture of a heart-shaped rock that Adria found on the beach.

Here is a picture of Adria's brother Ty holding up a jellyfish that had washed up on the beach.

Here are some movies of my quixotic quest to catch a seagull (movies might need to be viewed in the on-line version of the blog):

We also went to the Cannon Beach 4th of July parade. While the parade was supposedly to honor firefighters, police officers and people in the armed services, it seemed like it degenerated into an excuse to throw candy to little kids and for local businesses to use the symbols of liberty to promote their business (Adria and I have both recently read Neil Postman's book Technopoly which [among other things in his discussion of the surrender of culture to technology] talks about how the symbols of America [i.e. the flag, the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam] don't have the same meaning as they did in the past because he see those symbols much more often than we used to, thus the power of the symbol is diminished, which leads to businesses using the symbols to help them sell mattresses and holidays to becoming an excuse for sales. We both really enjoyed the book and would recommend it.). With that introduction, here are some pictures from the parade:

There was a pirate ship complete with a skull-and-cross bones flag

This dog was not the only patriotically dressed dog in the parade, although he did look to be the least depressed.

Here is one of the Cannon Beach Fire engines that was in the parade.

A giant puffin was also involved in the parade.

On the evening of the 4th, we drove up to Seaside to see the fireworks show. I was surprised by how big of a production the fireworks show turned out to be. They had cordoned off a big section of the beach and had several areas from which they could set the fireworks off from and they had the whole thing set to music. I took a couple of short movies of the event. If you listen closely to the second movie you can hear Neil Diamond's "Coming to America" in the background:

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