Just for the record, please don't feel compelled to read all the way through massive wall of unbroken text (in two entries, yet!) that describes my Independence Day Weekend.
I felt compelled to write it down, but that was mainly in order to sort out what the hell just happened. And I tried to make it somewhat amusing, because it would be boring to write (let alone read) otherwise. But there's no grand, overarching point to be found there. In fact, I can summarize the both posts in two sentences:
"Holy shit! How did all of this happen in one weekend?!"