I love fireworks. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been the one who makes sure either myself, or anyone I’m with, is planted firmly underneath a show of fireworks every July 4th. I’ve been so moved by some fireworks displays that I get all choked up.

July 4th is one of my favorite holidays because of fireworks. I may like it better than Christmas. So when my friend, Matt Bailey from SiteLogic, mentioned his family has an annual July 4th gathering and they go nuts with fireworks, I was listening. And then he said the magic words…”Do you wanna come on out for that?” Guess what I said.

Sooo, we’ve made plans to drive the motor home and my car out to Ohio. We’re bringing 4 kids, but not our beloved golden retriever, Dakota, because he has no tolerance for fireworks or thunder. This weekend we head on out. I’ll be sharing the driving of my car with the two 17 year old girls, who will get some experience with long distance driving. It’s a 7 hour drive but with 4 kids, there will be stops. Eric will be driving the motor home and the boys will keep him company.

When we arrive in Ohio, we’re staying for several days at a campground near the Bailey’s. Then, on the 4th and 5th, we live at Matt’s. Then it gets real, because unless we hook up to his house, we won’t have some of the luxuries you get when you drive an RV up and plug it into everything from electric to cable TV. Although the motor home is self sustaining, with a generator, etc., the moment there’s no way to plug in the TV for the boys’ video games will be a shock.

There was a funny piece in Newsweek about traveling nowadays with kids that talked about what a vehicle looks like when everyone has cell phones, ipods, radios, CD players, and DVD players. I know from past experience that every electrical socket in the motor home had cell phone chargers dangling from it. Now every kid has a cell phone and there are three ipods, so I’m picturing a jungle of wires.

Matt says I can blog from his house. If that’s the case, I may show up next week. I’m not sure how much I’ll be on top of the news but I may drop by.

Thanks to those who have recently found this blog and have linked to it or mentioned it in your blog. I’ve noticed, and am pleased to meet you. A few old friends have linked or recently emailed encouragement as well.

It means a lot to hear from you.

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Kim Krause Berg’s long background in web design, SEO and usability includes software application functional and user interface testing, accessibility, information architecture and persuasive design. She shared her passion for Usability and SEO through her site and private consulting at Cre8pc for 17 years. Kim founded Cre8asiteforums in 1998. In the fall of 2012 she sold her forums to Internet Marketing Ninjas and retired from private consulting to join their Executive Management team where she continues her work in usability testing, customer experience and conversions design.

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