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Happy Independence Day – 2nd July

Happy Independence Day U.S. Independence was declared 2 July 1776 but not achieved until Treaty of Paris of 1783 which ended the Revolutionary War.

Review: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read Mr. Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” and enjoyed his writing style. I noticed he had written a bio of Benjamin Franklin. Being interested in American history I took the plunge. A long volume but very interesting. The author’s style made the book a relatively easy read. George Washington is considered the Father of Our Country. After reading about Mr. Franklin’s life, I consider Franklin as the country’s true Father. Benjamin was an intellect, a rascal and a shrewd negotiator. He was the only man to sign all four documents that ended up creating the United States of America. As also noted in David McCullough’s 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning book “John Adams”, the true date of our declaration of independence is reconfirmed. A book that should be “recommended reading” at any level of American History class.

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Average American*?

I always thought that my wife and I were average Americans*. Recently I began looking at “America” and how most of the citizens live their lives. I have had to reconsider our status as “average” Americans. We do not eat fast food, conusme soft drinks, like tall food, shop at Costco and Walmart. We do not Facebook. We drive a Prius. We eat organic foods when possible. Given we do not follow the average American eating and buying demographics, I have come to the conclusion that we are not “average” Americans. We are AB normal Americans. Actually, we are AB normal USers**.

 

*I loosely use the term “American” to represent those individuals that reside in the nation we call the United States of America.

**The term “USer” has yet to gain popularity in the general media. Since all people residing in North, Central and South America are Americans, the term “USer” would be more appropriate in labeling those who live in the United States of America. (Also given that we USers consume more per capita than other countries the label is even more relevant.) 

Freda’s Myminicity, Frévilla

Some time ago, our dog, Freda, began to build her own myminicity, Frévilla, in Spain. In her honor, I am going to continue construction in Frevilla. I hope that you might stop by and help out once in a while. You might even want to start your own city.

Several of Freda’s friends have also started their own cities. Charlie started New Charleroi in France, Joe Stains started Stainsville here in the United States and Sophie began to build the Italian city of Sophenze.

As each city’s population grows, industry and transportation needs will grow also. To add an industry to some one’s city, or your own, you will need to add the letters “ind” to the end of the URL before going to that address. For example, the URL “http://new-charleroi.myminicity.com/” will increase the population, but “http://stainsville.myminicity.com/ind” will add an industry to Joey’s city. The same applies for transportation. Adding “tra” to the URL and “http://sophenze.myminicity.com/tra” will add a transportation upgrade to Sophie’s city.

It sounds a little confusing but once you get the knack it is quite easy. Just remember to add the three letter code to the basic URL to add something other than a new inhabitant. As the cities grow more options will be available.

An IMPORTANT POINT: You can click on each city only once a day from the same computer.

Clicking on Frevilla-ind right now will add an industry to Freda’s city.

Clicking Frevilla-tra will add a transportation upgrade.

Let me know if you have started a city and I will help you. Help some friends, have fun and thank you.

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P.S. I have started my own city at Iquitoz – MyMiniCity.

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