Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF



It hardly seems possible that the Fourth of July has come and gone, but come and gone it has. I hope you all had a rewarding and fun day. After all, the birthday of America should be cause for celebration. We did get our beach back and for some reason, this year was pretty tame compared to year’s past. Folks tended to stay longer, but I think there were more families than drunks. (Which is saying a lot)

The fireworks were at a minimum as well. I think the police were giving some extra attention to those who were lighting them. They are illegal here in Port Aransas but legal is only as good as enforcement.

This week’s JohnKu gives a nod to the Birthday of America. I hope you like it.

Happy Birthday, America.© 2017

Another year gone,

And the freedom spirit lives. . .

Within the people.



  1. Terrific JohnKu! I’m happy to hear the drunks stayed home. How is it that a 3 day work week seems as long as 5 days? TGIF!

    1. Work is the curse of the drinking class. 🙂

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Beautiful JohnKu… sometimes we forget, the freedom spirit lives – within the people. 🙂

    1. The politicians make it difficult to keep the spirit. It is really up to each of us. Thanks, Gwen. 🙂

  3. So, Monday is an evil doctor. I can believe it.

    1. The worst. 😀

      1. It obviously went to evil doctor school.

      2. Run by the Lich.

      3. But he’s not a doctor. Though he zombified a few.

      4. He was the character that typified Monday in my head.

      5. I can see that. Personally, I’d put him on Sunday. Can be entertaining while you dread the finale. Stephen is Monday with a hangover and inescapable office meeting with the bosses.

  4. Glad to hear the spirit lives somewhere – I could hardly tell around here!
    Wow, July 4th passed – Jeez – that means the baseball season is almost 1/2 over too!!

    1. Yes, on the baseball season. Enjoy the second half.

  5. Great job, John! Glad your beach area was a little saner this year.

    1. Yes. Was refreshing. Thanks, John

  6. I’m glad the revelry was kept down a bit this July, John. It makes it less stressful for everyone. Have a great weekend. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. You as well.

  7. The Monday-Friday connection made me laugh. Besides, Monday is my fiction challenge post.

    I like the profoundness of the closing line.

    We had a good forth. Although I worked in the morning and half the afternoon, our evening was sitting outside at a Pops orchestra concert.

    1. Love the Pops on the fourth. 1812 Overture I presume.

      1. John,
        Even though they are known for their recording of that music, the Cincinnati Pops usually doesn’t do the 1812 Overture on that day. Instead, focusing on music of America … and every year is different. Complete with a chorus and outside entertainers, the program was a wide array of Americana. This year guest performers from Texas (Quebe Sisters) and a soul singer (Ellis Hall) who does tributes to Ray Charles. A good concert indeed.

  8. We had a wonderful Fourth and Fridays, of course, are always great. Thanks for a beautiful JohnKu and happy Friday!

    1. Thank you, Mae. Hope your weekend is super as well.

  9. Saw Wonder Woman on July 4th. I could use some of her chutzpah right about now. But yes, the country will survive, our spirit is the driving force.

    1. Thanks, Noelle. We all can be Wonder Woman if we try. 🙂

  10. July 4th has always been my least favorite holiday. Not because it’s America’s birthday, but because of fireworks. I had two nephews a couple of years younger than I was and when we were kids, they would throw firecrackers at me and run away laughing. As a result, I hate fireworks. 🙂 I did, however, watch some really pretty ones from the safety of my balcony. 🙂 Happy Friday, John.

    1. Thanks, Jan. Sounds like the nephews needed a smack. Glad you saw some from a safe distance.

  11. Good Johnku. The lack of fireworks must have been a relief John, especially if you had any lingering jet lag. Have a good weekend.

  12. Glad your holiday was a little calmer – still heard fireworks here last night. Our cat has gotten used to them by now. Happy Friday, John!

  13. We had a great fourth and the late hour fireworks were noisy, but even those couldn’t stir a worn out Angus. Looking forward to enjoying the summer!

  14. Glad to hear you had a relatively peaceful Fourth, John. The poem is marvelous! Really like the meme too. 😀 Have a fabulous Friday. TGIF!

  15. TGIF to you, John! Glad your July 4 was safe. We played like tourists this year and spent the evening on North Beach at Fajitaville to watch the fireworks. Son and Daughter were there so it was fun but we won’t do it again when we can walk to the end of the street and see them in the distance.

    1. I understand having to take guests out. I went to bed and could have taken the golf cart down to town but in the end thought sleep more important. Thanks, Jo.

  16. Happy Friday, John! I love this piece. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Natalie. 🙂

  17. Ah! Seeing Sheldon on this Friday made my day! 🙂

    1. I know right? Thanks, Rhonda. I like him too.

  18. Nice haiku, John. Have a nice weekend.

    1. You as well, Audrey.

  19. We had a good holiday too. We have a neighbor on the next block that gets into the fireworks and has a pretty good show. They’re illegal here too, but our neighborhood cops drove by, saw all was being done responsibly, saw no open containers so went on without stopping. Of course a lot of people left when they saw the police 🙂 but the show went on. I even managed to get a few good images of the fireworks.

    1. At least you got some photos. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Traci.

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