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Happy 4th from OTP

The eyes follow you across the room. Or it could just be the moonshine.

The eyes follow you across the room. Or maybe not. That could just be the moonshine.

It’s the 4th of July and time to celebrate all things America: The red, the white, the blue; the stars and stripes; fireworks; rockets red glare and such; watching your fellow citizens gorge themselves on Nathan’s hot dogs and buns dunked in water to the point where they and the viewers want to violently vomit. Those things are all just a few of the reasons the terrorists hate us. While reveling in that hatred from across oceans and distant lands, OTP is taking today off. No celebrity birthdays to trumpet, no news and notes to pass on, no Muncie news of the day, or any other ridiculousness that you’ve come to expect. Nay… NEED! OTP is back to regularly scheduled programming on the 5th, but much like the aforementioned gloryboys at Nathan’s in Coney Island, your OTP staff is going to be feasting themselves stupid on hot dogs, baked beans, cold beers, and maybe even some potato salad. Who knows?!? We don’t know if we’ll have enough plate real estate. But we’ll do what we can.

In all seriousness, I find it especially poignant to mention how amazing awesomeballs this country is. Will McAvoy in Newsroom said, “America is not the greatest country” then rattled off some stats about handgun violence, health care, mental health, incarceration and a whole host of other subjects and topics that matter approximately 0% in my evaluation of these United States. Are we perfect? Of course not. Are we a growing democracy? Of course. Am I blessed to wake up daily in a country like this? You bet your sweet little ass I am, and I celebrate that daily, but especially on this particular day. It’s amazing to me that a group of dudes sat around a table 230+ years ago and framed a nation that would eventually be the lone remaining superpower and be crowned back to back World War Champs. I am damn proud to be an American, and not just because Lee Greenwood tells me to be. What say you Ricky Stanzi?

A-freakin’-men. Enjoy your 4th, have a few cold ones, don’t blow your fingers off, and we’ll see you back here on the 11th.


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