July 4 is a bit different this year.  We're still spending the day with family, laying around my parents' pool and eating watermelon.  And we'll probably end up smashing watermelon on my dad's head just like we always do.

The big difference this year is that my little brother Evan is shipping out for Afghanistan tomorrow.  He'll be working at Bagram Airfield for the next two months as a C-130 crew chief.  He'll work on a team to help maintain the planes and wave them around the tarmac like this guy:

Ev swears that he'll "punch Osama Bin Laden in the nuts" if he gets the chance.

I'm proud of Evan.  And I love him very much.