Friday, August 01, 2014

4th of July Recap

No time like August to show off my pictures from Independence Day, or 4th of July as most of you call it.

As I say every year, the parade is where politicians get to pretend that they are in touch with the people, old folks get to show off their restored cars, the military makes a presentation, some high school bands perform and perform really well, some high school bands embarass themselves, and most importantly, fire trucks!!!

The Army presents the colors.  God Bless America, and no one else.

If you ever get a chance to hear the Westminster Municipal Band, you should do it.  They are really good.  They should be.  They've been practicing since 1893.

I love that the Orioles are popular again!  Great to see the person dressed up in the bird costume gliding through the bucolic streets of Northeastern Baltimore County.  Nice custom golf cart, too!

Here is the Republican nominee for District 8, Chrisitian Miele sporting his Ryan Gosling beard.  It looks like he may shave his legs.

WBAL reporter David Collins and his unnamed cameraman in toe interviewing candidates. He's a lot taller than I thought he would be.

Here is Baltimore County Councilman David Marks who represents District 5.  He easily won, as he was unopposed.  He hopes to win the general election, too, as he will be unopposed again.  No Democrat seems to be brave enough to run against a Republican in this part of Baltimore County.

Next up is the youthful looking Kathy Szeliga, the Republican of House District 7.  Check out her official picture on the Maryland General Assembly website.  Looks like a Glamour Shot.

Last, but certainly not least, is Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate, and hopefully future governor of Maryland Larry Hogan.

And now my favorite part, the fire trucks!

Bel Air VFD Engine 312 2006 Seagrave Marauder II.

Fallston VFD 2013 Pierce Velocity 105' Aerial ladder Truck 1331.

 I love black fire trucks.  Joppa-Magnolia VFD 2012 Ford F-450 Lifeline Unit 894

Not sure of the year, but Joppa-Magnolia VFD  Dodge Ram Unit 842 brush truck.

 Know what's cooler than black fire trucks?  Green fire trucks!  Whiteford VFD 2005 Seagrave Unit 611.

I don't think I've ever seen a Dodge ambulance.  This is a new 2014 Dodge 4x4 Lifeline Medic 692.

 How about this gem?  A 1980's era Baltimore County Police Dodge Diplomat.  Remember dozens of these swarming your neighborhood after a rash of robberies and break-ins?  I have fond memories of this car when we reported my bike getting stolen, my motorcycle getting stolen, our house getting broken into, my neighbor's brother getting drunk and locking himself in their house...  Oh, good times.

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