Chester’s Two Cents Worth
Summer is heating up. I’m not too happy with the new dogs in the neighborhood. Frankie lives across the way and is smaller than me. He thinks he’s a German Shepard by the way he guards his yard. Somebody needs to tell him I patrol his yard for bad stuff and to quit the yapping. Aunt Liz is helping take care of her grand dog, Toby, who denies me the pleasure of my morning breakfast on her patio table. Somebody needs to tell him that her yard is shared turf and to just cool his jets. Given enough time, I’m sure these two will bend to my will and find me adorable and not annoying. In the interim, I will continue to patrol, scowl and stand strong against the pooch invasion.
Cool Cat Trivia
I am sporting my Fourth of July finery, and here are a few questions you should remember from history class.
- How many stripes are on the American Flag? (13 to represent the original colonies. Things got complicated when the 14th and 15th states joined.)
- Who wrote the Star Spangled Banner in 1812? (Francis Scott Key. It was not adopted as our national anthem until 1931.)
- Which two presidents died on the SAME Fourth of July? (Thomas Jefferson at 83 and John Adams at 90)
- Do Americans prefer mustard or ketchup on the millions of hot dogs they consume over the Fourth? (Mustard by 71 %.)
- Three states ban consumer fireworks completely. Although you see plenty of firework stands in Jefferson County, are they illegal in Missouri? (No, only Delaware, Maine and New Jersey totally ban them. Interestingly, Illinois bans everything except sparklers)