1) Do you celebrate 4th of July (or some other holiday representing independence?)
Sorta. I grew up with amazing firework displays over bodies of water so the ones here in "i miss the ocean, and these ain't mountains, united states" don't exactly get me excited. If I am going to fight traffic and be so sticky hot on a summer night that I am sweating for the person next to me as well as myself then I want a long display, set to music, over water.
2) When was the first time you felt independent, if ever?
Grade School: Being allowed to go to the candy store on my own
Middle School: Going to the movies on my own with friends... you know, after one of our parents dropped us off of course.
High School: Driver's license
College: Spending the summer between Junior and Senior year in Chicago. It was the summer I turned 21. Best. Summer. Ever.
Now: Ironically I could really use my Mommy right now...
3) If you're hosting a cookout, what's on the grill?
Ribs, grilled veggies, steaks, portabellos, shishkebobs...
4) Strawberry Shortcake -- biscuit or sponge cake? Discuss.
If my grandmother is making it, biscuit; anyone else - sponge cake.
5) Fireworks -- best and worst experience
I don't remember this but apparantly as a child I would cling so tight to whomever was holding me when the fireworks started that my Mom would bring a towel so there was something between me and them. Best experience... Fourth of July's on the river with my family are entrenched in the nostalgia portion of my mind so they all seem perfect.