Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Happy Fourth

Man are we stupid. I'm pretty sure that we will never quite get the concept of time and how long it takes. Last night was quite spectacular, even if our youngest passed out during the extravagant fireworks display. These were the coolest I'd ever seen. They pulled out some new rabbits from the hat. The best was a bit understated--just a splash of green dots that spread randomly, first slow, then fast, then slow again. It reminded me of the old Star Castle game, or Tempest. In fact, the whole fireworks display bordered on screen saver quality, as if the pyro-zen-technicians had achieved wizard-like mastery of the craft. Thank goodness I wasn't smoking pot. It would have freaked me out real bad. I would have seen a disembodied head commanding us to kneel.

I surprised myself by knowing the lyrics to all the patriotic songs. Missing however were the voices of the crowd. Perhaps the inclusion of God would have been too offensive to our Muslim neighbors. I was saddened a bit that we weren't all singing at the top of our lungs, proud for just one night of what we have achieved. More people knew the fight song at Washington State University. Flag-waving has achieved dubious status, associated with right-wing nutters, pick up trucks, and six-pack totin' good ole boys with no front teefas. We can't be associated with them there types here in Boston. Thems the ones as voted dubya inta orifice.

18 comments:

Bernita said...

It saddens me when people won't voice the heart.
But then I'm one of those who cries in the middle of anthems.
Belt 'wm out!

Scott said...

If I saw someone crying in the middle of the anthem, I would give her a hug!

Flood said...

I more prefer the tune to your anthem than my own, 'course I still love mine.

Happy Belated 4th!

He really fell asleep during the fireworks? Amazing.

Anthony J. Rapino said...

HA! Funny stuff. I missed the firewor this year. Might be the first time in years.

Eh, there's always next time.

Jaye Wells said...

We took the Spawn to his his first fireworks this year. He loved them. I don't care about other people, I sing the anthem and I'm proud to live here.

Bailey Stewart said...

I haven't seen actual fireworks for years - maybe sometime. When we first moved in to this home (1969) my brothers could climb up on the roof and watch the show from the fair grounds. But now the trees have all grown and you can't see them anymore. Your pot remark reminded me of when I first saw The Empire Strikes Back (I think that was the one with the Redwood speeder scene) and I was a bit drunk. When those speeders went zipping through those trees I turned a bit green. *gg*

Writing Blind said...

I missed all the fireworks. :( I was stuck inside all night but it sounds like someone had a good time at least.

Scott said...

Flood - Out like a little light. Cute fella.

Tony - Yeah, I just love to see them. What can I say?

Jaye - Good for you!

Bailey - Ooops. The speeder scene was the next one. I love that kind of action, fast moving. I much prefer to be a participant though.

Scott said...

Rebecca - That's too bad. It could have been better if we had planned better. The fireworks were something else though, and worth the trouble.

Beth said...

We missed the fireworks as well because hubby had to get up so early the next morning. The children didn't care as they're 12 and 13, but I missed it seeing them live. I did watch NY's capital show on television, but it's not the same, of course.

fringes said...

We had a nice surprise last night. The neighborhood next to ours sponsored a fireworks display and we were able to see the whole thing from our own balcony. Little Man ran outside after his bath and watched the whole show butt naked. Thankfully, no neighbors passed by during his flashing episode.

Happy fourth. Glad you enjoyed it.

mr. schprock said...

Yesterday the missus and I rode the tandem bike aorund Boston and actually got ourselves within easy viewing distance of the Hatch Shell during mid-afternoon — something heretofore thought impossible on the 4th of July! I skipped the fireworks though, I'm afraid. I dropped the family off near Kenmore Square so they could walk to the Charles River and see them, then picked them up at around 11:30pm. It just gets too crazy out there for me!

Kathleen said...

I always sing the anthems at races, games, etc. And always wonder why more people don't? And I'm a complete fraud too, because I have trouble making it through the Canadian and U.S. national anthems w/o crying as I sing along. I don't consider myself a flag-waver, but believe wholeheartedly in singing along.

No songs here for the fireworks and they were kind of sucky.

Toni Anderson said...

Glad you had fun :) My DH is always moaning when people don't sing their anthems. America has much to be proud of.

Bailey Stewart said...

I always get those two titles mixed up! *gg*

Trevor Record said...

Here in Vancouver, they have something called the "Symphony of Fire" every summer. It's a really good fireworks show, and the closest thing we have to a 4th-of-july celebration.

I think that it is those "right-wing nutters" who have caused patriotism to become unfashionable, if anyone. I hear those types using the "you hate america" phrase against "idiot liberals" fairly often.

Scott said...

Beth - So the kids outgrow fireworks these days? I hope mine don't!

Erica - My kids love to get naked too. So this happens to every parent?

Mr. Schprock - I don't blame you on that score. We got so lucky. Most people parked in the same garage as I did, but walked the long way around the building, while we went directly through the mall, which was left open for that purpose. The ramps were swamped with people as we drove out unabated. We hit the freeway before anyone could stop us.

Kat - Good for you. It just seems to me that people could take one day and be thankful for what we have, then go back to bitching the next.

Toni - Moaning? I'm not hearing much sympathy here.

Bailey - You totally exposed yourself as a casual Star Wars observer.

Trevor - Any pop psychologist will tell you that it's all in how you choose to react. The right chose to associate patriotism with a cross section of people. And I wonder why the left feels so wounded by the accusation. I'm not saying that criticism of the government's policy is hating America, because many of my friends feel, and myself increasingly, that what we are doing is wrong in many cases. Shunning any show of patriotism is a little like hate though, and using the excess of the right wing as an excuse seems to be just that, and a bit lame.

Scott said...

Or was that the left that chose... Oh, nevermind.