Craig Ferguson mentioned in his monologue last night his first experiences with America, and the things that made him want to be part of our country. One of those experiences was root beer, which he says he had never had in Scotland. That truly made me think of all the things that I take for granted. Was it really possible that I never realized that it was a crazy American who had made that tasty drink? It was possible and he had....I know because I googled it. And rootbeer isn't all that came out of our country. Electricity, the computer, light bulbs, telegraphs, steamboats, disposal diapers, the automobile, the artificial heart, the ice machine, and the swivel chair were all American inventions. As was french fries, potato chips, squeezable ketchup bottles, pizza (as we know it), and doughnuts(disputed history, but I'm going with the Native Americans on this one).
So tonight my family will celebrate the goodness of being an American by sucking down the rootbeer, eating our hamburgers with squeezable ketchup and potato chips, and lighting "legal" fireworks. And damn it, life will be good.