Friday, June 21, 2013
It will soon be the 4th of July and already the booms and bangs are being heard in the neighborhood. They send the cats under the beds, but the horses don't seem to notice. It is a lot easier to soothe an anxious cat than doing the same for a 900 pound horse, so I am not complaining. But fireworks are pretty expensive, so to put on much of a show you need $$$$. And it is all over in 10 minutes, I don't see the attraction of firing off a few rockets and flash bangs.
When I was a kid one of the neighborhood kids lost an eye to a firecracker when he put one in a can and then looked at it when it didn't go off, the very thing they teach kids not to do. And where were the parents? Inside watching TV would be my guess.
We went to a nearby mall on the anniversary of their first year in business and watched a phenomenal show by the Zambelli family, all co-ordinated to a musical score that was broadcast over a local radio station. Incredible show. Maybe a thousand families there, all OOOhing and AAAhing . It has been 20+ years now and I still remember.
When we lived in San Francisco, on the fourth of July in 1976, there was this magnificent firework program due to be set off on Alcatraz Island. Tens of thousands of people, all sitting anywhere there was a sight of the island, we were at the Marina. About 15 minutes before it was due to start, one of SF's well-known fogs rolled in through the Golden Gate and completely hid the island. We could all hear the firecracker noise, but couldn't see a thing. Everybody went OOh and AAh as if they could really see something, an inside joke I guess. I heard that the tall buildings had a wonderful view of the fireworks above the fog and reflected in it. Or so we read in the paper the next day. It was quite a let-down. Except for all the pot smoke in the air.
Bumper sticker for the day: "Don't worry what people think. They don't do it very often."