Sunday, July 03, 2005

In My Bunker for Another 4th

I live in a housing development in the outer edges of a major US city. We border the countryside and truly enjoy the peace and quiet that non-urban living provides. That is until the 4th of July.

It appears to be the custom of most of our neighbors to celebrate the anniversary of our independence from England by lighting explosives that meet and in some cases exceed the requirements of those that are currently being used by our US military. Do you remember that scene in Apocalypse Now, when the gun boat carrying Martin Sheen comes up to the blown up bridge at night? The scene is filled with background light provided by near constant tracer missile fire. That is what it looks like over my house on the 4th. No need to go to a community fireworks display here, they pale in comparison to the shows put on by the folks next door.

As a kid I remember caps and snakes and sparklers, the wildest we got was the occasional roman candle. Yes the Midwest is a little uptight, but we were always inundated with those awful news stories about the kids blowing off their hands with M-80 or bottle rocket mishaps (and back then we actually believed the media.) Out here the stands go up a week or so before the big day, and no joke, one this year is calling itself Shock and Awe. These are just the ones in town, several Indian tribes nearby finance much of their non-casino income with stands that provide THE BIG STUFF. This apparently is where most of our development shops.

So wish me luck. I admire the patriotic spirit and love of country that drives people to try to simulate NASA launches, I just want my house to still be standing on the 5th.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 4th and good luck on keeping the house intact.
Debbie | Homepage | 07.04.05 - 9:59 am | #

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you on this one. A neighbor kid likes throwing firecrackers out the window at 2 a.m. but I prefer to having all explosions occur before 1:45 a.m. at the latest.
Snake | Homepage | 07.06.05 - 3:55 pm | #

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was talking to some veterans and they were saying that they get real shakey around the Fourth because the new fireworks sound just like artillery fire.
sylvana | Homepage | 07.07.05 - 2:20 pm | #

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