Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Happy Birthday USA!

6:54 am:
Today is the 242nd birthday of the United States of America! Isn't that fantastic? Everybody on the Scampy Team is sooooo happy for our country!

We had a Team Meeting this morning. Several Team Members wanted to relate to others on The Team how they felt about USA's birthday:
Seรฑor Trรกnsito told: About how proud he is to be a US citizen. Trรกnsito immigrated with his family from Mexico when he was only 7-years old!
George related: 
About marching in the US Army at Fort Devins Massachusetts in 1961. George said, "We marched to John Phillips Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever." I felt that march to the depths of my soul."
Baby Boid tweeted: "I got so excited when George was listening to "Hail Columbia" this morning that I flapped my wings like a super falcon! My molted feathers flew all over the place!"

Our country's first national anthem!.

7:49 am:
Invigorating My Exercise Program
A couple of days ago, I announced to everybody that I had decided to live forever. "I simply am refusing to pass on into oblivion," George related to any if his Scampy Team members who were still listening to his oratory.

Little iPhone asked, "Tell me something, George. Nobody has ever done this before! What's your plan?"

"I am sooooo glad so that you asked, Little iPhone! I am in the process of invigorating my exercise program.  Stretching and limbering up my body is what I am going to add".

Little iPhone responded, "Is that it?"

Monday, September 15, 2003
TiogaRV Blog Reprint
The entire TiogaRV Team had a meeting 15-years ago on Sept 15, 2003.  The subject was to talk over the problem of having all of this maintenance happen in so short a time.

One thing seemed to follow another. Now that same thing was happening! It was getting George down. Right in the middle of the meeting, we heard something clunk near Ms. Tioga's steering wheel. When we looked, it was her rear view mirror which had fallen off of the windshield.

George got real down then, and he didn't want to talk about it. But the rest of us reminded George of his creed, which is posted on the toilet door. Would you like to read George's creed?

Here it is:
I don't run away from my dreams,
Because of my fear of what "might" happen.
I have faith that, no matter what fate brings me,
I shall overcome.

George 1July2003

After the TiogaRV Team reminded George of his creed, he perked right up.

George happy again and holding the busted mirror.
September 15, 2003

5:51 pm:
Independence Day 1776 Celebration
We have arrived early for the fireworks display set to begin at 10:30 pm. After we were here about a 1/4-hour, there was not even one open place left on this block!

Why do we light fireworks today?
Because John Adams wanted us to. Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. 

In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that "The occasion should be commemorated with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward.

The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4th, 1777. The Pennsylvania Evening Post wrote that in Philadelphia, “The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night the fireworks (which began and concluded ere was a grand exhibition of with thirteen rockets) on the Commons and the city was beautifully illuminated.”

The paper noted that “Everything was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal.” That same year, fireworks also lit up the sky in Boston, where they were exhibited by
Col. Thomas Crafts over the common.

By 1783 a large variety of fireworks were available to the public. In 1784 one merchant offered a range of pyrotechnics that included rockets, serpents, wheels, table rockets, cherry trees, fountains, and sunflowers.”

Fireworks In Boston,1777 ๐Ÿ˜œ

9:55 pm:
Seeing Fire Works From Scampy's Door
We were just about to carry our chair down to the beach to watch the fireworks display. A lady had set up chairs for her family on the grass near where The Scampy Team had Camped.

"Are you able to see the fireworks from where you are sitting?", I asked. "Yes, we can."

So, now we don't need to walk to the beach!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž




  1. Hey George—Happy 4th of July to you and yours. Although I read your blog everyday, and have since the beginning, I don’t always comment. Your positive outlook and enthusiasm for life is truly an inspiration, not only to me, but to all who read your posts. Rock on!

    1. Hi Char,

      Your comment is a fantastic compliment to me! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      Thank you sooooo much,



  2. George, I too am planning on living forever..... so far, so good! lol. Max.

    1. Hi Max,

      Very good to hear!

      Birds of a feather, hang together! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      George [At 80-1/2 years and climbing]


  3. Hi George, I have never heard Hail Columbia and enjoyed listening to the very end. I do wonder this....would it be any easier to sing then the present national anthem? I think not.
    Ps good luck with the Burpees

    1. Hi Sandy,

      National anthems sometimes are hard to sing!

      Being that I am a Jew, Israel is close to my heart. I love Israel's national anthem, "Hatikvah" [The Hope].

      This national anthem is doubly tough to sing because it is sung in Hebrew!

      Click [Here] to listen to "Hatikvah".

      [Gershon Ben Daniel in Israel]


    2. Believe you have posted that before but I did listen to it again. The melody would not be hard to sing but, oh my, getting the lyrics could be a real problem in Hebrew. When we visited Israel in 2013 we took tours and that was a good decision - the language barrier would have made driving too difficult. Whereas, when we visited Vietnam English signage is/was everywhere and we took busses and back-packed that country. Maybe this time, if you visit Mexico again, we will get to meet you in person - just be sure to have all your paper work and insurance in place and it will be a piece of cake.

    3. Hi Sandy,

      My heart aches when I listen to the music and lyrics of Hatikvah, the national anthem of Israel.

      My people, the Jewish people, have been hounded, tortured and killed throughout the time that they were in the diaspora! All these things happened to Jews for no other reason than hatred.

      Now, at last, the Jewish people have a homeland. A military to defend themselves. And what does the World do now? The World sides with those who hate Jews!

      Shalom Aleichem
      ืฉָׁืœื•ֹื ืขֲืœֵื™ื›ֶื


    4. Its a beautiful anthem.
      I agree with you.

  4. Wasn't it just the other day you said you liked fixing things. Ha. But I know fixing things can get old after a while.

    1. Hi David,

      Here I am at 80-years & 7-months. Fixing/cleaning things has not gotten old yet.

      Gotta love it. ๐Ÿ˜


      PS: David:
      Did you pickup that the Blog post about me being down was from one of my 2003 Blog stories?


  5. I wouldn't suggest you do Burpee's inside the scampi
    Now if you do it outside. you may meet the local neighbors, now just remember, the bakers act, is for your protection?

    1. Hi Ed,

      Should I be concerned about including burpees in my fitness program?

      At this point, I am able to do only one before caving. What can it do me? The road is all smoothe from here on.



    2. Hi George,

      I was thinking that I have never heard of anyone in their 100's doing burpees. But, the Chinese live long, healthy lives and do Tai Chi.

  6. Funny, we have clip on side mirrors for the SUV. Several times over the years we have lost one. Just went flying off. We also pull over and go after them. At one point we had two broken mirrors. On our way to boondock at Barra del Tordo, Tamps, we stopped at a glass shop and they replaced the mirrors for $1.50 each. Gotta love Mexico. Still have one in use today!

    1. Hi LBM,

      Yes! Gotta love Mexico!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      I may even return to Mexico when I finish constructing my new cargo trailer!

      Whoops! I have not Blogged about that, LBM! So please do not let the cat out of the bag to other Readers!

      Thank you,


  7. Hi George... loved the Boston fireworks pic from "1777" with the skyscrapers in the background!
    Re the trailer camper... whew! Hard to believe someone lives that way, especially at his age... and now downsizing back to his van! If of necessity that is one thing; by choice that is hard to understand.
    Not being critical, just hard to comprehend. A friend bought a used Tioga ... old... for $4500. Had to repair the generator, new batteries and tires. The fridge doesn't work but he only uses it for day trips and uses those freeze/refreeze things. Saw Geeks on Tour last year at Indianapolis for the FMCA rally. You will be the "hit" of the rally.

    1. Hi Ernie,

      Hit of the FMCA Rally Wow!

      Over my 18 RVing years, I've stayed mostly away from crowds. But there may be a lot for me to learn about there.

      The main thing is, I'll be hanging out with Chris and
      Jim Guld! ๐Ÿ˜Ž



  8. Rock on George...And a Happy Birthday!...The U.S.A. is still the best in the the Universe..As far as we know today...
    Where can we all meet up?..Those of us who plan on living forever, and not passing sitting on a couch with some potato..?

  9. Did I just hear a "MEOW"?......:+)......Naw..can't be a Kat in a bag...My pal is sitting outside meowing at the moon...