Jul. 4th, 2003

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This is my 3rd or 4th? time outside of the States for the 4th of July. I feel weird writing "America" considering "America" is all of North and South America. The lovely Chilean NYC-based artist Alfredo Jaar, taught me that. :)

When I have been in the States for the 4th, I sported a lovely jeweled Union Jack top. I like to be noticed and I defintely was. ;)

I think I've celebrated the 4th only twice in my life. The first time when I was a little girl, my dad and I went to Hanska, MN (my mom's hometown, pop. 400) and watched the fireworks and drove home listening to what would become 90's alternative music. That's one of the best memories I have with my father.

The other time was being 15 in a boat in the middle of Lake Antigua in Guatmala and eating fried chicken, "american potato salad" and apple pie while seeing steaming volcanos off in the distance dotted with villages at their feet. beautiful.

My campy Welsh friend Ben, who I have lunch with every Friday, is going to make jam this weekend. (hey, it's a hobby *LOL*) and he asked me "Isn't that what you do in America? The women make jam and the men paint the white fence outside?" *cracks up laughing!!!* Er, no. My grandma makes jam, that's all I know....*LOL*

I'd like to remind all of you (which non of you need reminding because you're all intelligent) that being patriotic means that you question your country and it's actions and stand up for what you believe in, even if it's the opposite of what your country tells you. People that blindly follow Bush are what is really wrong with U.S. today. That's not patriotism, that's brainwashing.


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