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As apparently the only person on my friendslist not being annoyed by the proximity of local fireworks1, I say unto you, Happy Other People Setting Off Explosive Things At A Reasonable Distance From Me That Give Me Vague Happy Childhood Flashbacks Without Requiring Any Actual Effort Or Risk To My Own Person Day.

I'm also amused that I can hear the fireworks, but look out the office (back-facing) window to see only... lightning-bugs.



1Not suggesting that the annoyance is unreasonable; just saying that happily, my neighbors seem to be setting things off far enough away that the sound level is not annoying, just vaguely comforting.

wrenlet

2004-07-04 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

I can't find the fireworks, either :( Of course, I didn't look until after Queer as Folk, so that might have something to do with it...

mpoetess

2004-07-04 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mostly I can't see them because my back yard is filled with trees; every so often I catch a glimpse of something through the branches.

auroramama

2004-07-04 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

I enjoyed the show put on by some random neighbors very much. How's this for a cliche: fireworks make me lustful. But the backyard stuff these days is like miniature exhibition pyrotechnics -- green, gold, red-white-and-violet-blue, spinning sparklers and orange streamers. When I was a kid, the backyard stuff was white or red and made a lot of noise and smoke for a feeblish glimmer of light. This stuff is *nice*.

mpoetess

2004-07-04 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

My family were of the sort who (during various years, not always) would have one uncle drive down to Kentucky or Tennessee, wherever you could buy the expensive, dangerous, completely illegal in Indiana sort of 100-shot almost-exhibition, blow your hand off if you're not careful, type of fireworks. They'd get smuggled back and then set off at somebody's farm or other, whoever was far enough out in the boonies that we weren't likely to get in trouble for it. Or on the non-exciting years, it'd be sparklers and wimpy fountains in the middle of the street in the suburbs.

*sigh* Or my uncles trying to make homeade bottle rockets out of M-70s and 2-liter bottles or gallon jugs. Just remembered *that* year.

luvs_phoenix

2004-07-04 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

You luv, are very, very lucky.


mpoetess

2004-07-04 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

I am. Which is odd, because I'd expect the neighbors to be much more obnoxious, given that I live in a tiny, claustrophobic inner-city neighborhood where... well, for example, one of the lawncare places we called just outright said "We won't work in that neighborhood" and another said "We usually consider that area a 2-person job: one to mow the lawn, and one to stay and guard the truck. And we only have one guy free today, sorry." So I'm surprised and delighted that the noise isn't annoying.

(Then again, maeyan did tell me that apparently one set of kids is/was out throwing firecrackers onto other people's lawns. Haven't heard anything that close myself, but then, I'm upstairs and at the back of the house.)

luvs_phoenix

2004-07-04 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Apparently the little town I moved into, Blue Springs, is TOTALLY into the holiday. Then add in the first real perfect weather we had this year and you get noise. LOTS AND LOTS. My cat only comes out from under the bed to eat.

Two days in a row I've been woken up at 6 a.m. by them.

Who the HELL shoots these suckers off at 6 a.m????

Please god, let it be DONE.

LOL

kaytee4ever

2004-07-08 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

...my neighbors, apparently. *glares at them* Only they did it at 5 am.

firesweeper

2004-07-05 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)

not sure here in this neighborhood whether these are gunshots or firecrackers. there is one that goes off , then waits and I can hear another in the distance, then this one goes off and then that one over and over.
If only there was some kinda musical chimes to go with it.
ching daboom ching ching daboom


mpoetess

2004-07-05 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Well, yeah, I was sticking with the denial, in terms of gunshots vs. firecrackers, in this neighborhood too.

(Watch maeyan hit me for telling you that... No, seriously, I don't think I've ever heard gunfire...)

ci5rod

2004-07-05 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

I was going to say that I wasn't bothered by fireworks either, but the local RAF base had other ideas about entertaining US airmen.

mpoetess

2004-07-05 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ha! Even you furriners can't get away from it!

kaytee4ever

2004-07-08 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

*grins* I'm a fellow "I like fireworks" person. Love them. I watch them and I'm instantly 5.

not that I'm not 5 some days anyway ;)

mpoetess

2004-07-08 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

*is 5 with you*

*BOOM!*

kaytee4ever

2004-07-08 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

*Giggles* whee!