4th of July Parade= Failtastic.

Every year that we visit Butte during the 4th of July, we watch the Butte 4th of July parade. Over the years it’s gone from somewhat enjoyable to “is this f***ing thing over with yet?”. The floats never change, the firetrucks always blare their obnoxious horns at deafening levels, corrupt politicians walk by and kiss babies, and the Shriners ride around on tiny vehicles… It’s always the same.

After the parade, we began the drive home. Multiple hours of sitting on one’s ass is not healthy, or fun. Traffic was better though, so I wasn’t completely stressed out of my mind like I was on Friday. I’m still not a fan of driving the Tank, but I’ve become slightly more comfortable driving it.

I still love driving the Focus though, and I’m glad that I will be driving it up to Butte in a few weeks when I go there to visit my cousins from North Carolina. It’s going to be my first solo extended trip, so I’m kind of stoked. I’m going to get up super early so I can beat traffic and get to Butte in the morning. (HURRAH ROAD TRIP! :P) Another benefit of driving up to Butte is being able to drive around Butte without a chauffeur. No more being stuck in Walkerville– the cousins and I are going to tear Butte up block by block on Evel Knievel days.

I’m really, really, really sleepy right now. So I’m going to end my typing here and instead fill the void with a lot of pictures. Here we go:

The stuff that made the list of “Stuff to Bring to Butte”

The stuff that didn’t make the list.

Yeah… This was taken on Friday @ 2:00 A.M.

Poor kids. I hope they’re getting paid.

ZAMBONI!!!!

Mario didn’t want his picture taken, apparently.

PIZZA FACE!!!

Hippie Van…

For some reason, I don’t think this bus would make it through Baghdad today in one piece.

One guy in a Volkswagen truck= the Libertarian Party in Montana?

This float is always in the parade.

I was so bored, I took a panorama shot of the bridge.

Well, that’s all. I’m super sleepy right now. Keep reading and commenting.

– Will

Surprise!

Today was the main event of the entire trip. The surprise birthday party/family reunion was today. It was interesting to see a lot of people I hadn’t seen in a couple of years, and it was also nice to meet some new family members. I think the best part of the day was seeing the look on my grandma’s face when she entered the room full of her friends and relatives. We all ate lunch together and then watched a video compilation filled with random pictures and video of her and the rest of our family from years past. The video was very well made and the background music was also well-chosen. At the end of the movie, there was a “family tree” displayed in a credits-style format with the names slowly moving down the screen. This was one of the more dramatic parts of the movie, because at the end of the list of names, my Uncle David’s name slowly moved across the screen (he died several years ago in a car accident, a couple of years before I was born). After the movie, we all kind of sat around the room and talked for a couple of hours. The party broke up at around six, and everyone split up for dinner. After dinner, everyone went over to my grandma Helen’s house to watch the fireworks. My family bailed and went to Walkerville to watch the fireworks at my other grandma’s house. After the firework show, we went back to the hotel and passed out. We started the day pretty early, and it was around midnight when we finally got back to the room. It was a long day, to say the least.

That’s all for now. Remember to check back daily for new posts, pics, and podcasts.

– Will

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on July 4th, 2010 @ 10:42 P.M.