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07 July 2009 @ 03:56 pm
4th of July 2009  
I never got around to posting about the 4th of July. So quickie short post.

Sean and I went up to Aptos, to his family's cabin near the beach, and ate hot dogs and hamburgers. Sean's uncle was *really* pushing for me to set off firecrackers, which I didn't want to do but he seemed convinced it was some stupid rite of passage I had to complete. I mean, I like watching fireworks shows but lighting the fuse and throwing the little things around? Eh. Open flames are always worrisome. Long hair, usually hanging all over the place = perfect target for sparks or careless fuse-lighting. But I ended up setting off a couple of little ones. One that spun and looked like a little color-changing flower, and one or two that just made a big bang. Don't remember the names.

After everyone ate we went down to the beach, where people were blowing up all sorts of illegal fireworks. Smoke everywhere. It was very pretty and noisy. Cops were busting people for lighting fireworks all over, but there were so few cops and so many offenders that they could never catch everyone. Do I think fireworks should be illegal? Probably not, as long as people clean up after themselves and don't blow 'em all when people are sleeping. But the fact is, where I live they are illegal, so if you get caught there's a fine. No point bitching about it, that's just the chance you chose to take when lighting up. I really haven't got much sympathy for the people who were complaining about how their rights are being trampled all night long.

Oh well. It was fun to see everyone. The fireworks were pretty. Can't complain about the evening, overall.
Mr Bagginsmrbaggins1 on July 10th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
I hate them with a passion. One might as well set fire to the currency notes you spent on the stuff than blowing it up in noise and smoke.

I'm not so much worried about the noise we humans hear but the poor animals really suffer. My poor dog-son Mr Baggins Gandalf of Noble Look goes BALLISTIC New Years Eve and on Guy Fawkes (Luckily no 4th of July in ZA) He runs around like a maniac and just cannot stop barking. Dogs and cats run away in fear and for me it's simply not on.

Suzik00kaburra on July 10th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Fireworks
I forgot how much it drives animals bonkers! Everyone in my boyfriend's family left their pets at home because they didn't want to freak their dogs out. One of my mom's dogs died because of firecrackers, indirectly. Our neighbor set a bunch off in his backyard one year and the dog got so excited/frightened he started jumping/running around wildly, and he ended up choking on his collar. It was very sad, and totally avoidable.