Independence Day

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Garry Drummond, Jul 4, 2004.

  1. Happy July 4th to all American correspondents to this Group!
    You bloody Colonials, you!
     
    Garry Drummond, Jul 4, 2004
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    Justin Case Guest

    Glad to have been of service and to have got (ten) rid of you wild bunch
    ;-))
     
    Justin Case, Jul 4, 2004
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    Martin Guest

    Thank you.

    This year's Independence Day is particularly meaningful for me. I
    recently visited Boston for the first time to attend a symposium. I
    walked the Freedom Trail and saw Paul Revere's house and the old North
    Church ("One if by land, two if by sea"). I had only known these
    places from the Longfellow poem before. Also walked up "Bunker Hill"
    (actually Breeds Hill) and saw the USS Constitution and Samuel Adams'
    grave. According to a display in the lobby of the Long Wharf Marriott
    hotel where I was staying, the Boston Tea Party took place close by.

    I find it fascinating and inspiring to see historic sites in person.
    These sites and others really made the American Revolution come alive
    for me. It made me realize that the people involved in the Revolution
    were ordinary citezens with ordinary lives who were forced to make a
    decision to create a new nation or live with the status quo. It
    inspired me to re-evaluate my definition of the word "patriot" and
    what being an American means to me. Living in the Western US, I
    hadn't had this historical perspective before.

    If you're an American or live in America, I encourage you to visit
    historical places in your area to discover for yourself, the meaning
    of America. Good or bad, ugly or beautiful, learning about the
    history of this country will help you better appreciate its meaning.

    Martin
     
    Martin, Jul 4, 2004
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    T. Forward Guest

    What? Sam Adams' grave?!? Dammit! No more Sam Adams' beer then.
     
    T. Forward, Jul 4, 2004
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    T. Forward Guest

    I got to visit those when I was 14-15; very interesting stuff. I've always
    been fascinated by the Old Ironsides, so one year I requested/got the big
    Revell 1/96 kit for Christmas. Huge kit with at least four billion parts.
    I was ready to toss it out after the tenth cannon. Maybe one day I'll
    attempt it again, now that I have patience and supplies. :)

    TF
     
    T. Forward, Jul 4, 2004
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    e Guest

    camshaft mtiming gears are an abomination spawned by ducati.
    no desmo!
     
    e, Jul 4, 2004
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    e Guest

    boston rules!
     
    e, Jul 4, 2004
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    Greg Heilers Guest


    Have you read the two Jeff Shaara novels:

    "Rise To Rebellion" and "The Glorious Cause"?

    They are a wonderfully thrilling telling of the military,
    social, and political events leading up to, and during,
    the American Revolution. They really bring to life,
    the places you mention.
     
    Greg Heilers, Jul 4, 2004
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    Greg Heilers Guest

    e wrote:


    Not in October...on the diamond....

    :eek:)
     
    Greg Heilers, Jul 4, 2004
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  10. You should go to Colonial Williamsburg Virginia. It was really interesting
    to see how they lived back in the 18th century. The people where dressed in
    Colonial attire, and spoke in the language of that time. It was really fun,
    when a shop owner of a general store, asked us where our group was from. I
    told him that we where from Seattle, he didn't understand where that was, so
    I said we were from the west coast, north of Los Angles. He said "Oh that's
    Spanish territory, how do you get along with the Spanish?". I said we get
    along well with them. The actor played his part well.

    Even though it was a theme park, I really enjoyed it. It really made you
    think that you had stepped back 228 year in time, and where a part of
    history. Makes you think how lucky you are to be living in this time and
    age.

    Gary
     
    m.gary.kroman, Jul 4, 2004
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    e Guest

    sports blows!
     
    e, Jul 5, 2004
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    Mike Keown Guest

    hey dude..leave ducati alone..or you might wake
    up tomarrow with a desmo up your..???

    nah...revenge is best served cold...

    Hey, just kidding 'e'...Have a happy 4th and
    be Safe.:))
    Mike IPMS
     
    Mike Keown, Jul 5, 2004
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    Craig Guest

    I still want to know how Will Smith's girlfriend found the First Lady
    in a blown up LA.......
     
    Craig, Jul 5, 2004
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    Cliff Jones Guest

    She turned left at page 147 of the script and there she was.

    Cliff. Jones
     
    Cliff Jones, Jul 5, 2004
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    Andyroo111 Guest


    Just a quick thought.... Way back in the mists of time, when I was growing up
    in Beverly, Massachusetts, I lived just up the hill from the wharves and piers
    from which the first ship, the armed schooner Hannah, in the U.S. Navy sailed -
    under instructions from George Washington. We used to swim across the harbor -
    right over the spot where the Hannah took the British ship Neptune - it's first
    victory. A goodly percentage of the men who rowed Washington across the
    Delaware were from Beverly (although they were in a Marblehead regiment). The
    beach we hung out on was Independence Park - site of a Revolutionary War fort
    in which were stationed the guns that protected the harbors of Salem, Beverly,
    and Marblehead.

    Want to feel history!!!!

    Andy

    We used to play on the bones of an old sailing ship beside one of the wharves -
    one of the ships from the Revolutionary War period.
     
    Andyroo111, Jul 5, 2004
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    e Guest

    i would love a 450 des. that is one mean ass thumper. i got
    to ride one for a weekend and fell in love. too bad a nice
    one is $4k these days.
    only think i hate about ducs is some of the arrogant ckskrs
    that own them. like some beemer buttheads.
     
    e, Jul 5, 2004
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    e Guest

    dammit, it was right there on page 32 of the script. ya need
    a roadmap or sumpin?
     
    e, Jul 5, 2004
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    Mad-Modeller Guest

    Sometimes historical places are hiding all around us. I just watched a
    piece by the local PBS station on York, Pa. and its significance to the
    Revolution. And here I just thought of it as a good place to go model
    buying!

    The Continental Congress decided against staying here in Lancaster
    because the Colony's government was also here and being only 60 miles
    west of Philadelphia was too tempting a target. York's main advantage
    was distance and a mile-wide river between Lancaster and York.

    Happy 228th USA!!

    Bill Banaszak, MFE
     
    Mad-Modeller, Jul 5, 2004
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    Rob Grinberg Guest

    Ahh, maybe so. But can you still *see* well enough to build it? :)

    RobG
     
    Rob Grinberg, Jul 5, 2004
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    Rob Grinberg Guest

    Go Dr D!! Love them 90degree Eyetie V-twins. Unlike them Milwaukee
    tractors... :)

    RobG
     
    Rob Grinberg, Jul 5, 2004
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