Last evening I was sitting in my air conditioned home, slouched on the couch, feet on the coffee table, remote in hand, to my right the full sliding glass door through which I could see the right half of the town fireworks 200 yards away above the treeline. Had I sat in the lawn chair on the patio I could have had an unobstructed view, but a) it was too hot, b) at least I could see half of each colorful explosion, c) I was watching Will Traveler, and d) I was tired, comfortable, and enjoying my bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios.

Does it make me less patriotic because I didn't devote my full attention to America's birthday party? Or am I more so because I delighted in multiple kinds of American cake?

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