Sunday, July 5, 2009

Random Musings

I spent most of yesterday afternoon watching the Military Channel. The programming consisted of a series of shows, narrated by Charles Kuralt, profiling the history of the Revolutionary War. It was very well produced, making use of re-enactors for many scenes, and IMHO, time well spent.

When I was 8, my father was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia. This was the age that I began to develop my fascination for history, particularly American history. One of the great things about living in Virginia was the presence of Colonial history. We were constantly exposed to this history, particularly the Revolutionary War, in school.

While watching the show, I began to wonder how many people in our country today truly understand what Independence Day celebrates. Do they understand the principles upon which this country was founded? Or, is it just a day to light fireworks and drink beer?

In my case, it was both, with the emphasis on the former.

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Mrs. BR and I went grocery shopping this afternoon at the local WinCo. Today's theme: Trailer Park meets South of the Border.

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Rode the horse yesterday and today. I seem to have made some cognitave breakthrough in my riding ability. It's difficult for me to put my finger on what has changed, but others have noticed and commented on it. In simple terms, it feels that Smokey is responding quicker, and my cues are more subtle. Less use of the reins and bit, more use of light pressure with the spurs. In short, I'm pushing against that barrier that lies between being a horse and rider, and working as one. I know that sounds a bit corny, but that's the best explanation I can find. If you watch the video of Stacy Westfall (two posts ago) you can get a glimpse of what I'm referring to.

2 comments:

Buck said...

Today's theme: Trailer Park meets South of the Border.

Hey! That sounds like every day here at El Casa Móvil De Pennington!

Ya know... I think we... you and I... move in the same sort of blog circles. I was gratified to see that nearly everyone emphasized the real reason we celebrate the Fourth in their posts over the weekend. Doubtless there are others who never got beyond the hot dogs and beer stage, but I'm thinking they're in the minority. At least I like to think so.

And Good On Ya for the riding progress! Cool!

Buckskins Rule said...

I'm talking bona fide white trash, Buck! Trust me, you are upscale compared to most of the people I saw yesterday.

I agree with you on the Fourth of July point. It's good to know I'm not alone in my thoughts on the matter.