This is good.
We were going to go out to see fireworks, but decided it was still too freakin' hot (107F at 9:30 pm), so we're watching the Capitol Fourth and chillin' here at home. I have had a few glasses of aforesaid chardonnay and am feeling little pain (neck and shoulders still a little tight, but MUCH better), but very relaxed.
My mom called and recommended The Capital Fourth, broadcast on PBS from D.C. -- and it IS very good. Barry Manilow looks and sounds fantastic (I heard him on the Diane Rehm show on Friday, too), and Neil Diamond sounds AMAZING, better than he did just a few years ago. I have always been a little wacky about both of them, although Neil Diamond to the point where I was going to us "Kathleen Diamond" as my nom de plume as a writer. Really, I was. (I still might, if I ever got published... nightmaresaloon)
The folks in D.C. do know how to time their fireworks show to Barry's music. It was something he mentioned when he was talking to Diane Rehm on Friday morning on her show. (Sure, when you see him up close, you can tell he's had work done... but so what? He still sounds great... and it's neat that's it's okay to say you're a Barry Manilow fan now. I remember when that was like saying you liked kicking puppies....)