The county that I live in has banned fireworks for years, but the county next to us has not. So, for the two weeks before the Fourth of July holiday, there is a steady stream of people from my county driving over the county line to buy fireworks. There are huge circus-like tents set up in shopping center parking lots and on vacant grassy lots on both sides of the road at every entry point into the the county. Fireworks is big business and a fun celebration if you are careful and don’t do anything stupid like blow up your hand or catch the trees on fire.
I think that the economy must be getting better because the people in my neighborhood have been spending a shitload of money on fireworks to celebrate the Fourth and setting them off every night since July 3. That shit is expensive and its starting to get bothersome.
Every night since July 3 there are bangs, pops, sizzles and whistles starting from the edge of darkness well into the next morning. No one calls the cops – that is surprising, considering some of the assholes who live near me – or the cops aren’t making much effort to respond to those types of nuisance complaints.
I’m not really complaining, either. Most of the fireworks have been visible from my own front yard, so I’ve been getting a free show for four nights. Celebrating at home beats the hell out of driving downtown, paying $20 for parking and putting up with all the drunk, stinking rednecks who drive in for the fireworks show on the riverfront. I just wish the dogs would not get so upset. Every bang makes them bark.
That happy story we were fed back in grade school about how Columbus sailed the ocean blue and discovered America is pretty not true and not as glorious as the teachers wanted us to believe. We know that Columbus didn’t come to the mainland USA, and that he did not bring good things with him – he brought disease, rape and slavery with him. So why do we celebrate Columbus Day? I think we should stop it and find someone worthy to recognize that has done actual good things for our country.
The first of April is celebrated in America as April Fool’s Day. I have no idea what the history is for this holiday. I think it is just one more good reason for a party and having some fun.
I like the idea of playing harmless jokes on people. It is fun to get people out of their comfort zone for a few moments. There have been some really creative practical jokes concocted over the years.
If anyone has ever played a joke on you on April Fools Day, please write a comment on my post and share the story. I’d love to hear it!
Everyone is wearing green today and they risk getting pinched. That is half the fun of having St. Patrick’s Day celebrated in America. There’s no really good reason for us to be celebrating something that happened in Ireland, other than it’s a good excuse for people with any Irish in their bloodline to go have a party. And that is good enough for me!
Happy Leap Year Day! I think it is very cool to have a special, extra day every four years. Why don’t we make a bigger deal of this and celebrate it more widely? I think we should throw parties and have parades and use the day to relax and enjoy some silliness. After all, we celebrate even stranger reasons than this!