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Seth Zenz | Imperial College London | UK

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Happy Fourth of July!

My messy desk, with American flagThis may end up being another “Where’s Waldo?” exercise, but somewhere on my messy desk, pictured at right, is an American flag.  Can you find it?

I, however, am not as at my desk today.  I wouldn’t necessarily have taken the day off; I generally take my holidays only when I have something fun to do, or when nobody else will be in the office, and anyway if I’m going to celebrate Independence Day it’s probably best to go to the only place I know where there are some Americans to  celebrate with.  But today, as it happens, I have a good friend visiting from Boston, so I’ll be showing him around Geneva instead of working.

We might go to CERN this evening, though, for a Fourth of July barbeque organized by some folks working on the ATLAS Transition Radiation Tracker, and rather colorfully announced by Indiana University graduate student John Penwell:

This week there is no fooling around, my BBQing spirit is off the charts, you know why? Well one we’re gonna have another friday BBQ, two I’m still hyped from the ID BBQ we had on Tuesday, and oh yeah there’s just this one other little thing….

It’s the FORTH OF JUUUUUUUUUULY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If there is one and only one BBQ you go to this summer, you need to make it this one and you don’t have to be American or even like America to love this holiday because it basically involves
1) Grilling
2) Drinking
3) Exploding things

. . .

For those of you who might not be familiar with this wonderful day, a brief history lesson I will now present (This is totally official and accurate as I am a son of the revolution and this story has been passed down in the family for ages) And I don’t mean to offend the British, come on you know we love you guys otherwise you wouldn’t be invited, but seriously this is how it went down.

He goes on to give his history lesson, in which he notes that King George III “sent a bunch of [soldiers] to try and fight off the rebellious colonists in the woods (which as you can see were green) with their red jackets,” after which George Washington defeated the British “using his ability to distinguish red from green.”

If the barbecue is even half as good as the announcement, it promises to be an excellent time.  Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

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