Happy Independence Day! Is that the BP mother ship above the White House?
Our drive to Northern Virginia took EIGHT HOURS!!! I suspect all the hard working government employees in the area took Friday off and also left early Thursday, so we got stuck in a lot of rush hour traffic. Our tax dollars hard at work. Well, considering I've taken my share of long weekends and early departures in my day, I can't hurl any stones.
It's always good spending time with the ASS Family. Lots of good cocktails and funny stories. And once in a while, a source of interesting tidbits. They were telling me about their vacation to Cancun last month and they were saying the average hotel worker there earned $5 A DAY!!! That really surprised me, because Mexico is one of the more developed emerging market countries, and I would have thought they made a few dollars AN HOUR - not PER DAY. Mexico in many ways is very modern - but I guess the wealth hasn't trickled down yet. Whenever you watch a movie, a few dollars a day is what causes all the locals to revolt, but I was assured all the hotel workers seemed very happy.
Basically, it's been a weekend of gorging. My mother-in-law made us a feast Thursday, we pigged out with the ASS family Friday and they had a neighborhood block party yesterday where there was tons of dead animal. We had a Texas guy bring smoked brisket and ribs (and got a few pointers in the process) and we also had a professional tailgater bring his sausage and peppers. All the neighbors chipped in and bot REAL fireworks and we set them off once it got dark. I had never seen real fireworks set off by everyday people before. So when I say real fireworks, I mean stuff that goes like 100 feet in the air and fills the sky. The kids seemed to enjoy that and we all had a good time. And it's only the third of July!