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peak:

It's almost time for fireworks! It doesn't get much better than that.


valley:

No low yet. And I'm hoping that tonight doesn't bring me one, either.


noise:

Silence.


sustenance:

Hamburger
& Fries.


thoughts:

Explosions.
Fire Engines.
Serious Injury.
I'm joking ;-)


tuesday, july 4th

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Quote Du Jour:
"As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending." - Andrew Jackson, 7th U.S. President.

T minus 210 minutes and counting until the fireworks extravaganza.

Everything is slowly coming together. I have most of my stuff ready to go. The to-do list is shrinking. But as it gets closer and closer, the butterflies seem to get bigger and bigger. I worry too much as it is... but when your hobby centers around one day of the year, there are no "do-overs." If I screw something up with the show, I can't go back and fix it. And trust me, I know about screwing things up with the show.

A few years back, a friend of mine was helping me shoot mortars. (Reloadable shells that burst 100 feet or so in the air. They usually come in canister or sphere shapes with a long fuse. You have multiple shells that you can reload one tube with). Anyway, the tubes were becoming warped as the show progressed and he had one shell that just wouldn't drop to the bottom of the tube. He lit it anyway. I looked over and saw that the shell was practically sitting on top of the tube... I knew that it's position meant that the explosion that should have taken place 100 feet in the air was about to take place on the ground. In home video of the show, you can hear me yell "Oh, shit!" seconds before the shell explodes only feet in front of us. We weren't hurt. The show went on.

Last year, things were a little bit more dangerous. Elsewhere in the state, some folks had been killed when a stray mortar landed in a trailer where more fireworks were being stored. We had a similar experience. The thing that saved us was not being in an enclosed space.

In the years and years of having fireworks shows, I've never seen a spark ignite other fireworks. Never. But, as I was lighting the aerial shells last year, I looked down the box where more shells were stored. And at the bottom of the box, I saw a spark. In the time it took me to turn around to get a fire extinguisher, half of my display was on fire in the most intense explosion I've ever seen up close. We were lucky. The good Lord was with us.

So, now it's only hours away from another show. Everything that could go wrong is running through my head. I don't want that. But, then again, I don't want to think about everything going right... because then, I'm almost guaranteed nothing will go right. I'm all about the performance. I love to have an audience. And once the first shell is lit, I'll be good to go. But in the mean time, the anticipation is killing me. (1730)


By the way, Happy 4th of July to everyone. It sounds cheezy as hell, but this is a pretty important day... and we're celebrating a pretty important event. I think too many people lose sight of that from time to time... and that's very unfortunate.

It's said that you don't appreciate something until you don't have it anymore. Let's hope that we can find another way to appreciate the liberties and freedoms that we have in the United States. (1743)

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