July 4, 2012. Our friends Joe and Amanda arrived from Austin today. After a little chit-chat at home, we took them to our favorite pizzeria, then to the lake to watch the fireworks at Navy Pier. We found a spot just north of Ohio Street Beach up by the wall separating us from Lakeshore Drive and had a seat. They were exhausted, having driven directly from Texas with only the occasional power nap for rest, so we went home afterward. As I write this, Joe is snoring away, and my neighborhood is still booming with the sounds of fireworks being fired off on every other street.