A friend of mine posted this song on their Facebook a while back and I really liked it. I’ve been listening to it lately.

So, for July 4th every year for the past several years (except 2008), my Dad, brother Tim and I run sound at 2 reviewing stands along the route of the Arlington 4th of July parade. I’ve helped out with it for 7+ years now, and the last 3 years, I’ve done one reviewing stand by myself. So with that in mind, this year was very similar to last year. We had decided to go a day early with the van loaded with the sound gear we would need, and spend the night close-by the parade route in Arlington. This would be much better because our house is over 1 hour away from Arlington and since they start closing the streets of at 7:00 am, we would need to have all of our gear for each stand dropped off by then.

Dad, Tim and I also had to help the church that meets before ours with some sound issues. Sunday morning we loaded all of the gear in the van that we would need to help the church, and for each reviewing stand for the parade. We left early so that we would have time to set-up before there service started, Mom and the rest of the family would follow later in the car for our church service.

We got to church and set-up all the gear that they needed. As soon as their service was over, we tore down all the gear and set-up for our church’s service. After that, we loaded back into the van the things we would need for the parade the next day. It was decided that us guys would go eat lunch and see a movie since it was only 3:00 pm and we didn’t need to be in Arlington until after supper. Mom and the rest of the family had just left church when my Dad’s cell phone rang. They had a low/almost flat tire on the car that Mom was driving. So, they came back to the church parking lot. Dad, Tim and I changed into some different clothes for the rest of the day and took a look at the tire. Mr. White (a man from our congregation) had not left yet, and he had some Fix-A-Flat in his car. He added it to the tire, but it was still not completely full and it was hissing air out quickly. Dad decided to take the car to Sam’s Club to see if they could fix it. It turns out that it was a side-wall crack probably due to them being old/dry tires (it was my grandparents’ car that they do not drive very often) So they put the donut spare tire on, and Mom and the rest of family went to my grandparents’ house to drop it off and have my grandfather drop them off at home.

Following all of that, Dad, Tim and I went just down the way to the mall. Dad dropped Tim and me at the entrance to the theater (or cinema as they say in Europe 😀 ) to see what was showing and the times. They had Super 8, and the showing was in 40 minutes. I called Dad, told him, and he said that he would park the van and meet us closer to the food court. Tim and I started walking to the other end of the mall met Dad on the way. We headed up the escalator and to the food court. Each of us got something different and as soon as we finished eating, walked back through the mall to the theater. Having a meal at the food court reminded me of the time that I went to lunch with all my friends at the mall in Monroe during the Pastor’s conference. Good times… 🙂

Anyway, so we got our tickets to Super 8 (all matinee pricing too) and found seats in the theater just a few minutes before the time of the showing. They then proceeded to show a few short commercials (one of them had Rhett and Link in it) and then 15 minutes of previews. O.o
I was very interested to see Super 8 partly because I have several friends who personally know and are good friends with the actor who plays a main character in it, Joel Courtney who plays Joe Lamb in the movie. But also being interested in film myself, it intrigued me that the kids in the movie are making a film to be entered to a local film festival. The movie was very well filmed and acted, with a good parallel plot to the main one. It’s directed by JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, and many others. It has a score by Michael Giacchino, who also did the music for the new Star Trek, Pixar’s: Incredibles, Ratatouille, UP and Cars 2, as well as several of the Medal of Honor game soundtracks.
I won’t give any of the story or conclusion away because if you haven’t seen it, I would recommend that you do see it, even if you wait until it comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray. You can check out the trailers, clips, and synopsis here at IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1650062/.

The 4th of July parade went well this year, we got everything dropped off and got breakfast before they closed the streets. During the parade, the commentators mentioned something about a tour of Cowboys stadium that day, so after the parade, we went to Steak and Shake for lunch, and then went just down the street to Cowboys stadium. We got tickets for a self-guided tour and went on in. It was amazing. The video screen over the field is 160 feet wide and 72 feet tall. Anyway, to sum up: I rode an elevator with Babe Laufenberg, saw Drew Pearson, ran from the 50 yd line into the end-zone, saw the players locker room, and got a picture with Rowdy!

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Me, Rowdy, and Tim.

Well I think this post is sufficiently long, so I will leave it at that. 🙂

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