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Mark C.    1,805

Well its my 43rd year of doing shows on the 4th of July.

Enjoy your day off I can remember getting this day off back in 1972.

The good news is the show is 10 minutes away and ends at 5 pm.

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oldlady    1,323

and then the fireworks start!! :)

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Marcia Selsor    1,301

Hopefull, you'll be home in time to see the fireworks! I'll be in the studio and then we're grilling dinner. Fireworks should be visible from our back yard. I am skipping today's parade. The 4th's parade should be more interesting with vintages cars. My neighbor worked on the carburetor on his Model A and hopefully it can make it through the entire length of the parade this year. (it didn't last year)

 

 

Marcia

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Mark C.    1,805

Fireworks are about 20 minutes away in Eureka and I do not bother going to them anymore. Its back home after all day street fair-and relax.My wife helps sell at this show with me.

I use to put on a fireworks show  at the beach when I was a younger after the fair but gave it up when folks got uptight about fire works here in Cal-that was around year 2000.

I'm looking forward to someday not working on this day-maybe in a year or two I'll just stay home and BBQ with the rest of the country.

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Joseph F    865

I'll just stay home and BBQ with the rest of the country.

 

This is what I am doing. My family is coming over and I am grilling. NOM NOM NOM. Happy 4th to all you peoples in the USA.

 

I am not a huge fan of fireworks. They are pretty, but so expensive. I don't mind watching other people shoot them off though. :ph34r:  Every time I light a firework I feel like I'm just shooting money that is on fire into the air, but that might be too negative of view for most. If you want to see a good documentary on fireworks look up: Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-qiang. It is awesome.

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ayjay    119

Just a normal day here: maybe some time in the future we'll celebrate 23rd June, Brexit Referendum day, (and my birthday).

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Worked a market yesterday for July 1, Canada Day. Was too tired afterwards to haul a 9 year old to the fireworks at 11 pm, and messing around trying to fight traffic and find parking. Although, the husband DID made some awesome pulled pork for dinner.

 

I'll be drinking beer and waxing pots in the sunshine today, so *sort of* a holiday.

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GEP    863

There's a holiday this week? Huh.

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Mark C.    1,805

Spent today with two kilns cooling working on our rental house.No tenants anymore for us. We are in the process of selling it after 25 years. It was my wife house when I met her.We are selling to friends.

Its part of our plan.I cannot wait to be out of the house business.

Ya what holiday.The 4th always means a bag of $$$ since my collage days

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PSC    54

Its too hot to do an outdoor show, no indoor shows round here either. I bought a watermelon, plan on having a slice or 2 and maybe will walk down to the river to watch the fireworks...but maybe i won't, the mosquitos have been so bad i almost can't bear the thought of being outside after dusk.

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Pugaboo    438

A holiday?

 

For me that means no going anywhere because the town will be packed to the gills. I'll have a nice quiet day working in the studio with the puppy and Pugs for company, plan to finish up the last of the cheese boards and get started on mugs. No going to the fireworks either, though if I go to the 3rd floor I can see them in the distance out the end window. I'm more concerned how the new puppy is going to handle all the people in town, so no walk for her I guess. The fireworks might not be so much fun for her either as she's very sensitive to sounds.

 

If I could find a festival to do I would be doing it, but I'm too far south for any decent outdoor festivals to be happening... I can hardly wait for the fall, all my shows are booked and I'm working on a September 1st deadline to have everything I'll need made.

 

T

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Mark C.    1,805

Arcata,Cal 4th of July forecast 

Patchy fog then mostly sunny

high 64 degrees

 

perfect 4 of July weather here on the coast

Not sure about to far south comment-must be a humidity deal?

I'm taking an umbrella no matter what-its a one day show-set it up at 7 knock it down at 5.

Our summers do have an advantage-perfect temps outside for shows.

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glazenerd    816

Happy Birthday America.

 

We are having a nation party: folks from Canada, Europe. Africa, Asia, Australia, Mexico, and South America are invited... RSVP>>> :P 

Free refreshments, but must bring your own hand made mug to drink from.

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Denice    243

Working in my studio and grilling hotdogs for dinner.  No need to buy fireworks all I have to do is step out side my door, people go crazy with them.  We live at the edge of the county and police don't patrol out here.  Everyone comes out here to shoot their illegal fireworks, even with medication my dog shakes with fear all night.  Hunkering down and just waiting for it to be over, Fourth of July use to be so much fun.   Denice

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neilestrick    1,381

Holiday indeed! I'm 4 days into a 10 day vacation. We're eating our way through today with all the usual 4th of July fare- hot dogs, burgers, apple pie and homemade ice cream. Watching fireworks tonight from the boat! Everyone have a great day!

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Mark C.    1,805

Back from show it was 3rd best ever (44 years)-off to friends for dinner then back to bed early -did the show in just under 11.5 hours on the street.Left the house at 6.30am back at 6 pm.

Infuzion of funds on the 4th-just the way I like it.

Got clear early and fog is just now rolling in.

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oldlady    1,323

had my own private fireworks.  burned a huge pile of brush down at the river that has been accumulating for over a year.  pile was over 6 feet tall and spread about 10-12 feet wide at the base.  a little paper, cardboard and a blower got it started.  flames 20 feet into the air settled down to a nice fire.  all over in an hour and a half.  blower causes sparks that rival any fireworks.  guess who needs a good, soapy bath?

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Sputty    73

Just a normal day here: maybe some time in the future we'll celebrate 23rd June, Brexit Referendum day.

 

I think people normally celebrate joyous occasions, not suicide of national proportions.

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ayjay    119

 

Just a normal day here: maybe some time in the future we'll celebrate 23rd June, Brexit Referendum day.

 

I think people normally celebrate joyous occasions, not suicide of national proportions.

 

 

I'm not biting, (not very hard anyway): time and place, etc.etc. ...........and I'm just about discussed out via UK based forums.

 

The fact remains, I voted to not go in in the first place back in the 70s  and I've since loathed every twist and turn of the breathtaking corruption in Brussels.

 

We were fine before the Common Market and we'll be fine long after the EU is dead and buried. 

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GEP    863

Hey folks, friendly reminder that this forum is not a place to discuss politics. Let's talk ceramics!

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Sputty    73

Hey folks, friendly reminder that this forum is not a place to discuss politics. Let's talk ceramics!

Quite right too.

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LeeU    330

The holiday is over, but it was nice and restful until about 10PM, when the fireworks started, sounding like the almost non-stop gunfire in the Bronx in '71 - which was too close for comfort since we were living there at that point. No thanks-no need to revisit.  I used to love the 4th when I lived in Manhatten - the city was so quiet you could hear a pin drop (everybody else had boogied out of town to their barbeques).

 

Here in NH I could see some fireworks from my position on the couch, through the windows and over the trees, being set off over Lake Winnisquam, which is not far from me. I will admit the visuals were cool.

 

Today I started a new PT job (retirement without a retirement fund is dangerously lean--I do not recommend it...start saving now, no matter how old you already are or what goodies you have to give up to do so!). Since I had to show up for training at 8 AM (I am a night person), the 4th of July holiday felt like the "last day of freedom", which of course is not so. The good news is that once orientation is done I can work the overnights...suits my sleep disorder just fine LOL.

 

Generally though, I agree with Joseph "...shooting money that is on fire into the air". And then there is the entire debate on the relativity of independence. (Wrote this before reading the "no politics" thing. OK, I'll stop now.) 

 

I spent half the holiday snoozing, then doing edge softening (I get razor sharp edges on some of my ripped-rim pieces and have to sand so nobody gerts hurt). Then some glazing. Excited to see how Turquoise Matte lightly washed over Crystal Forest on a textured surface comes out. Then I watched Suits for a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark C.    1,805

The show was a good one -shows are funny as they always have their own character-this one I saw people I have not seen since the 70's and early 80's.-since I have been on this corner for most of the 44 past 4th of Julys people come to depend on you being there. I had the usual tons of return customers.More old friends from the old days than I can recall. A few that I had not seen since the 70's as they moved back here to retire (now a common theme here).Its like a memory test.

The show was solid for a small one day (the only 1 day show  I ever do)

137 customers with an average sale of 29$

sold a few dinnerware sets which was  a nice surprise.

Now its unload two glaze kilns this afternoon and supply my galleries for the summer tourists.

I'm also building inventory for my biggest summer show in a month from now.

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Chilly    329

 

 

I think people normally celebrate joyous occasions, not suicide of national proportions.

 

 

And blowing up (or failing to) the houses of parliament ! 

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