Happy 4th of July !


Today I’ve got the 4th of July on my mind. Traffic was all tied up around the US Residence yesterday for the official reception, one of the few yearly really major whole area gridlocks that doesn’t make me turn ballistic even though it takes over an hour to just drive through the bottleneck at the end of a hard day’s work. Though I’m neither technically (citizenship-wise) American nor am I in the States, like every year I want to celebrate. Just because the USA is there, and with all its contradictions and ills, you still have the most and ever inspiring Declaration of Independence to move you ahead if you so desire. However vilified in numerous countries and social or political quarters, the USA is still the country most people would choose to live in if they could. That’s meant to be a solid worldwide hard statistical fact.

I’m one of them, I would have liked to stay on in NYC too, but life happens and I guess as one of my friends said, I wouldn’t have turned out to be me if I hadn’t gone nomadic and added all those other countries and stories. So all’s well.

Every year though, I read about hot-dog barbecues and picnics in city parks, which you can’t do here – rules and regulations, permits and fines and whatnot. And then you’re meant to have stupendous fireworks, which I’ve always had a passion for – I have my list of favorite ones I might share one day. Anyway, what we have in common is that I believe it’s also sweltering your way these days. We’re in tropical hot and humid mode in Rome now, and weatherperson is warning us to stay indoors till it finishes peaking on Sunday.

But I just have to try to find decent hotdogs somewhere in this town. People think only sophisticated cuisine can be talked about in terms of Chef’s stars, but I beg to differ: it’s often the very simple foods – the ones where prime ingredients count ’cause you can’t fancy-sauce camouflage them – that are really bland far from their original roots. As I said, outdoor park barbecues are a no-no, so lacking a garden, the microwave might have to do. Horrors. But I’ll compensate European style, and we’ll toast all you nice co-bloggers across the Big Pond, and specially … my followers! wow, I am so surprised and honored a number of you even exist ! – with a sweaty ice-cold glass of bubbly Prosecco wine and wish you all a very very Happy 4th of July !



No barbecue park

No barbecue park

Pictures:  USA fireworks:  www.all-specs.com

No barbecue:  mine




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10 Responses to Happy 4th of July !

  1. equipsblog says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post. Glad someone still likes the U.S.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I appreciated your blog. Its refreshing to read something so genuine and sincere. I wasnt in the Military growing up because i made some poor decisions that penalized my elegibility so i did what any typical young man would do to make a decent living in this Great country on Gods Green 🌎. I became a truck driver . Fast forward 25 years to today i now have been with my wife 22 years and have two teens going to college. Are schedules are so busy we all take off in the morning and handle are affairs and return late evening or even night to wrap it up to do the same thing the next day. At the end of the day we all know we are priviliged to live in this counrty and excercise the freedoms we have. We know its not perfect but what is. Well God Bless you and your family. Fyi I will head to the market in a few to bring back a couple pounds of carne asada. 😁🎆🎇🎉🎊🇺🇸

    • Bea dM says:

      Hello Someone, you made my day. All the very best to you, your wife, your children. I wish I had been there for the carne asada 🙂

  3. Barb Knowles says:

    I love this post and your view on our celebrations. I feel so lucky to live here, as well as to have briefly lived in Spain. My problem with our history is the idea of ” freedom for all” which meant white men. But slowly, as the decades roll by, those issues are being addressed.

    • Bea dM says:

      thanks for your comment. Some things change slowly, but overall it’s your country that tends to “get it right” more often than others

  4. jetgirlcos says:

    Thanks for the beautiful post, Bea! Virtual Barbecued ribs and corn on the cob for all 🙂

  5. Mél@nie says:

    aha, toi, aussi… 😉 nice post… but NO “like”=j’aime button?!… pk-why?… 🙂
    * * *
    amicales pensées et cool we à l’ombre! 🙂

    • Bea dM says:

      merci et tu as raison! I’m meeting up with my blog-mentor friend in another town in a couple of weeks to upgrade this baby blog, will follow your advice & add a “like” button. Cool à l’ombre? envy!

      • Mél@nie says:

        c’est très facile, Béa… des que tu rajoutes(édites) un nouvel article, t’es dans wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php, en bas, à gauche, tu verras “like et partage”, tu dois biffer: montrer les Likes, that’s all – as simple as that… 🙂 bonne chance et à+! you’ll make it, gal! 😉

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