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Independence Day 2004
Sunday 4 July 2004

In 2004 a number of us celebrated Independence Day at the Malcolm household, home of Ian and James.

Attendees: Ian Malcolm, James Malcolm, Keith Malcolm, Mimi Malcolm, Cristine Larsen, Jeff Osthimer, Erin Byrne, Josh Gulch, Marie Jarden, Tahirih Kuhns, Carey Fisher, and Phil Dake.


Run Ian, Run! Ian flees the scene of a mortar that's about to go off. This is probably the one that launched carrying a marshmallow.

Photo Credit Tahirih Kuhns
Holy Omaha Beach, Batman! This was a naval landing craft that rolled around a bit, launched a helicopter, and then dropped its ramp to let a tank roll out and fire its gun. It actually worked as advertised!

Photo Credit Tahirih Kuhns
Jeff likes to do this in his spare time Jeff lights a bottle rocket in its special launch tube.

Photo Credit Tahirih Kuhns
Homemade backyard weaponry. Tahirih has a front row seat to witness the Bottle Rocket Bazooka that Jeff, Phil and Ian built.

Photo Credit Erin Byrne
This photo may mildly damage her political career based on a platform of peace. Cristine assists the pyromaniac team of Jeff and Ian in tying together four packages of firecrackers.

Note also the creepy statue of a horse at the top center. It looks like a big dog just staring at you all day.

Photo Credit Erin Byrne
Everyone! This is everyone who came over that day, sans Tah who was taking the picture.

Photo Credit Tahirih Kuhns
About to blow his dang fool self up. Ian lights a mortar. A moment later he would be running like a baboon for his life.

Just like a baboon.

Photo Credit Erin Byrne
It's like that photo of the sailor kissing the girl in Times Square after the war. As the evening wore on, increasingly larger bombs were being constructed, including this number built out of a Coke can. Jeff and Erin share what may be their final kiss as he valiantly risks everything to light the fuse.

Photo Credit Tahirih Kuhns
Cris is a pyromaniac. This is the aftermath: the Coke can is totally destroyed.

Photo Credit Tahirih Kuhns
Josh "Molotov" Gulch The Coke can bomb led to the creation of a super-sized explosive fashioned from a plastic juice bottle. Believe it or not, even Josh assisted in the creation of this incendiary device, dipping tissues into flammable mosquito repellant to be stuffed into the bottle.

Notice also the ominous clouds forming.

Photo Credit Tahirih Kuhns
About the time the rain began A rain shower began that drove us to clean up everything outside and move indoors for a while.

Photo Credit Tahirih Kuhns
Soon Jeff will do his duty, as men have done such duties before, and done got themselves all blowed up. The rain didn't last long and soon it was time for Jeff to once again place his life on the line to ignite the super explosive that he holds. He gives a salute for king and country.

Photo Credit Tahirih Kuhns
What carnage hath we wrought? Here's the super explosive after it burned itself out. Although out of focus, you can see that the plastic bottle is actually holed and melted from the heat. Surprisingly, the little flag on top survived untouched. A more nationalistic narrative would draw romantic illusions to this fact, but all you'll get from me is the notation that obviously the flames did not shoot up through the top.

Photo Credit Tahirih Kuhns
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Engaged 4 November 2006 | Updated 4 November 2006