So today would be the blog where I become serious for a day and talk about how fortunate we all are to have independence and how we all take it for granted.
Nah I’m not going to do that.
Sure it’s nice to have freedom, but Independence Day is about three-day weekends, drinking beer and fireworks. That’s it. And I’m fairly certain that it is exactly what our forefathers hoped that it would be.
By the way, speaking of our forefathers, did you know that Independence Day should really be July 2nd? It’s true. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of our independence. In other words, the United States legally became independent on July 2nd.
On July 4th, the actual document, the Declaration of Independence, was approved. So, technically, the anniversary of our independence is really July 2nd. I shit you not. Look it up if you don’t believe me.
In fact, John Adams, who revised the Declaration of Independence with Benjamin Franklin after Thomas Jefferson wrote it, wrote this letter to his wife, Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more
Well, he was right about the celebration, but wrong about the date. One out of two ain’t bad, though, John.
However, 235 years later, I truly wonder if our forefathers would have declared independence if they knew that Facebook would eventually come about?
Or, better yet, can you imagine if the Declaration of Independence was written on Facebook? The Continental Congress would be sitting in a room in Philadelphia, all on their Macs, and Thomas Jefferson would have written a new “note.” That note would be the Declaration of Independence.
Slowly, the rest of the delegates from the 13 colonies would have “liked” it. Then John Hancock, in a large font, would have written: “Awesome job TJ! This note is soooo good lol”
Or better yet, what if Jefferson tweeted the Declaration of Independence? The actual document contains 1458 words, so Jefferson would have had to narrow that down to 140 characters. If any one can do it, Thomas Jefferson can.
Hmm, I’ve talked a lot about Thomas Jefferson the past few days, haven’t I?
By the way, since I’m talking about Facebook, I wanted to post a couple of musings that came to my mind recently:
- Nobody gives a shit about your new pin number
- Does anybody else find it amusing when you post a Facebook status about something in particular, whether it be a random thought, an action that you are currently undertaking, or anything, really, and then the next day, you share that exact same thought with somebody in person, and that person responds, “Oh yeah, I saw you wrote that on Facebook yesterday…”
When somebody says that, it tells me two things.
1) They are a Facebook fiend and they probably see every Facebook status that all of their friends post. Let’s face it, that applies to 90% of us. It’s only natural to check Facebook at least once an hour. You’re not going to miss much.
2) It tells me that they saw your status, it resonated enough that they are able to remember it the next day, and yet, they still didn’t comment. Which means that they don’t give enough of a shit about you to warrant a comment, or they wanted to comment, but felt weird doing it.
Either way, I think it’s funny.
Okay, I think I’m done here. It pains me to say it, because I know how much distress it will cause all… 1 of you… when I say that I will officially be out of town until Monday. Therefore, you will not be hearing from me for a few days. I’m heading to the Poconos for a three night celebration with friends. We will be doing the three B’s… boozing, barbecuing and lighting fireworks.
I’m not going to lie. Whatever you’re doing this weekend… I’m going to have more fun.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY Y’ALL.