Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Apparently a neighborhood burning down 2 streets away isn't enough to deter many of you from boldly and stupidly setting off illegal fireworks. My neighbors and I thank you as we had to watch in fear as you set off your pretty fireworks worrying that the dry grass in someone's ill-maintained yard (or in the abandoned house with cheatgrass behind us) would catch fire. To the kids that set off fireworks in the sagebrush, you are lucky that you were able to put the fire out with the hose. I hope that the police scared you straight. I know that you all think you are invincible, that you won't have to go through what we did. I'm sure most of you didn't have to experience that tonight. But bad stuff can and does happen. And I just don't think that fireworks are so cool to take that chance.


  1. I'm reposting a friend's comment from Facebook:
    "And once you light off all your fireworks, lighting pinecones is NOT the next best thing."

    Yes, this actually happened!

  2. It's always amazing to me how short people's memories are sometimes. Or their lack of developed prefrontal cortex. I'm sorry.

    I still have to give my mother credit for not killing me after I set a garbage on fire on accident when I was 12. I guess the no incense, no candles, no air-fresheners rule really wasn't as crazy as I had once thought. After the traumatic experience I watched you go through, it gives my childhood some perspective, and my mom too. It's too bad though that it's taken the form of watching someone else go through it to even get a closer understanding of what it must have been like.

    Anyways, I'm back from Wisconsin if you want to get together (and do something inexpensive!).