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Burnt Offerings

May 27, 2016

Burnt Offerings

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and patriotic citizens honor America’s fallen heroes by incinerating and ingesting meat outdoors. Other observances include mass motorcycle runs, traffic jams, parades of children and pets, and ceremonial retail frenzy.

This weekend will fatten U.S. meat sales and heat up the economy. Citizens who do not eat meat grill veggies; religious Jews grill kosher meat. It might be said that burger burning, bargain-hunting Americans are celebrating the values our fallen heroes were defending, but only if gluttony and consumerism are mistaken for expressions of freedom.

Anyway, have a thoughtful weekend. Observe the traditional moment of silence on Monday at 3:00 PM. And try to avoid the traditional outbreak of Memorial Day motor accidentsboating mishapshouse fires, and food poisoning.

Related:

“National WWII Museum Poll Shows 80 percent of Americans Unfamiliar with Memorial Day’s Real Meaning” (Press Release).

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Burnt Offerings

May 24, 2014

Burnt Offerings
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and patriotic citizens honor America’s fallen heroes by incinerating and ingesting meat outdoors. Other observances include mass motorcycle runs, traffic jams, parades of children and pets, and ceremonial retail frenzy.

This weekend will fatten U.S. meat sales and heat up the economy. Citizens who do not eat meat grill veggies; religious Jews grill kosher meat. It might be said that burger burning, bargain-hunting Americans are celebrating the values our fallen heroes were defending, but only if gluttony and consumerism are mistaken for expressions of freedom.

Anyway, have a thoughtful weekend. Observe the traditional moment of silence on Monday at 3:00 PM. And try to avoid the traditional outbreak of Memorial Day motor accidentsboating mishapshouse fires, and food poisoning.

Related:

“National WWII Museum Poll Shows 80 percent of Americans Unfamiliar with Memorial Day’s Real Meaning” (Press Release).

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Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com [Note: I imagined this outrageous grill a few years ago; now someone is selling it].

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Rolling Thunder 2012

May 26, 2012

Rolling Thunder 2012

Rolling Thunder will be heard in Washington on Sunday at Noon. The motorcycle column will leave the Pentagon Parking Lot and cross Memorial Bridge to the National Mall area.

Organizers have arranged a stage on the south side of the Reflecting Pool, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial. A program of speakers and music begins as 1:30 PM, but nothing matches the sound of hundreds of bikes crossing the bridge.

Official schedule here.

More:

“Rolling Thunder rumbles to mark Memorial Day,” USA Today (photos)

“25th Rolling Thunder comes roaring into Washington,” WTOP Radio

“Photos: Rolling Thunder,” Matt Dunn, Washington City Paper blog (slide show)

“For Honor, With Torque: Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally,” DCist

“Rolling Thunder – Memorial Day . WDC,”   Flickr photo pool

“Parents of captured U.S. soldier lead Washington motorcycle rally,” Stacey Samuel, CNN

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Burnt Offerings

May 26, 2012

Burnt Offerings
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and patriotic citizens honor America’s fallen heroes by incinerating and ingesting meat outdoors. Other observances include mass motorcycle runs, parades of children and pets, traffic jams, and ceremonial retail frenzy.

This weekend will fatten U.S. meat sales and heat up the economy. Citizens who do not eat meat grill veggies; religious Jews grill kosher meat. It might be said that burger burning, bargain-hunting Americans are celebrating the values our fallen heroes were defending, but only if gluttony and consumerism are mistaken for expressions of freedom.

Anyway, have a thoughtful weekend. Observe the traditional moment of silence on Monday at 3:00 PM. And try to avoid the traditional outbreak of Memorial Day motor accidents, boating mishaps, house fires, and food poisoning.

Related:

“National WWII Museum Poll Shows 80 percent of Americans Unfamiliar with Memorial Day’s Real Meaning” (Press Release).

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Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com [Note: I imagined this outrageous grill a few years ago; now someone is selling it].

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Rolling Plunder: Palin in DC

May 30, 2011

Rolling Plunder: Palin in DC

Sarah Palin successfully stole the thunder from the annual Rolling Thunder event honoring America’s war dead. In leathers and heels, she rode pillion on a Harley and crossed Memorial Bridge from Arlington to the National Mall.

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Rolling Thunder 2011

May 28, 2011

Rolling Thunder 2011

Rolling Thunder will be heard in Washington on Sunday at Noon. The motorcycle column will leave the Pentagon Parking Lot and cross Memorial Bridge to the National Mall area.

Organizers have arranged a stage on the south side of the Reflecting Pool, near the Korean Memorial. A program of speakers and music begins as 1:30 PM, but nothing matches the sound of hundreds of bikes crossing the bridge.

Official schedule here. 

More:

“Get ready for the rumble,” WJLA-TV

 “Rolling Thunder brings motorcycles to Washington,” Hank Silverberg, WTOP News

“Rolling Thunder: Share Your Photos,” Washington Post

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Download your Cookout

May 28, 2011

Download Your Cookout
Combine Memorial Day Weekend cooking and holiday bargain shopping without leaving your computer. Mark Bittman has a new Kindle Single e-book, What I Grill and Why. It’s on sale for the Memorial Day Weekend ($1.99). We recommend it.

Cooking tip: don’t put your Kindle too close to the grill or it will melt.

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Burnt Offerings

May 27, 2011

Burnt Offerings

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and patriotic citizens honor America’s fallen heroes by incinerating and ingesting meat outdoors. Other observances include mass motorcycle runs, parades of children and pets, traffic jams, and ceremonial retail frenzy.

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God’s Trombones — UHOP Parade in DC

May 29, 2010

 God’s Trombones — UHOP Parade in DC

Experience an annual DC tradition from noon to 3PM on Saturday, May 29th: the 2010 United House of Prayer for All People Parade. UHOP church bands from several cities will march between “God’s White House” (6th & M Streets NW) and Logan Circle (Church founder Bishop C.M. “Daddy” Grace once lived at 11 Logan Circle). If you aren’t in the church-going habit, this a good chance to hear “God’s Trombones.”

If you live in Washington, you may have heard this lively “shout band” music without realizing it. Some young exponents of this musical tradition often play at Dupont Circle and other locations around town.

Parade route: From the House of Prayer (601 M Street NW), North on 6th Street, NW to S Street; West on S Street to 13th Street, NW; South on 13th Street, NW to Logan Circle; East on P Street to 7th Street, NW; South on 7th Street to M Street, NW; East on M Street to end at the House of Prayer.

More:

“Saturday at Logan Circle: UHOP Annual Parade,” Borderstan.com.

Matt Dunn’s slideshow from last year.

Church website (scroll to bottom and click on “History”). 

Couldn’t make the parade? Get the Smithsonian Folkways CD.

 Updates:

Tony Sciascia took some great photos of the 2010 parade, including this one.

 “Photos: Saturday’s UHOP Parade at Logan Circle,” Borderstan.com (slide show here).

 “Photos: Parade,” Matt Dunn, City Desk, Washington City Paper.

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