The blowing away of money pastime starts earlier and earlier each year. People blow money on all sorts of bullcrap, but at least if you are blowing money on Christmas presents, Easter bunny presents and candy, Valentine's Day candy you are getting something for your money even if it is spoiling the hell out of your kids, or making you and your loved ones a few pounds heavier. But with fireworks, what do you get for your money? A loud bang and a puff of smoke that is gone in a flash and for some reason makes people jump up and down with glee. I don't get it. Never have. No one would think to take $50 or more of cash and light fire to it, but this is actually exactly what they are doing.
Now, if people want to throw their money away, or burn it, or blow it up it's their business (however, ILLEGAL fireworks ARE our business, and the police seem powerless to do anything about it). Also, it's impossible to enjoy such activity, legal or not, without disturbing the hell out of everyone else around you. In addition to disturbing the humans around you, you are scaring the shit out of pets and other animals who cannot understand what is going on. My parents have to tranquilize their little dog off and on for the weeks before and after the 4th of July because she trembles so bad it seems like she will give herself a heart attack or simply die of fear.
Last night I had the doors and windows open. It was a beautiful night with millions of fireflies dancing around people's back yards. I was sitting on the deck watching. The sun was almost completely set and orange filled the low horizon. Then suddenly BOOOOOMMMMM! I almost jumped completely out of my skin. A neighbor a couple doors down set off a mini bomb that rattled windows and sent birds fluttering from the trees in panic. My little Bearded Dragon flattened out on the bottom of her tank and her skin turned really dark gray, which is what happens when she is terrified of something.
It is only June 30th, and the weekend, so today and tomorrow will probably be bad. Then Monday and Tuesday should be ok during the daytime since people have to work, but after work it will be bad. Then Wednesday, the 4th of July, when everyone is off from work, they will blow up all their hard-earned money...blow it up into smoke, and disturb the neighbors, cause a bunch of fires, blow off digits and limbs, maybe shoot an eye out or even blow themselves up while they are "having a blast". We will be hiding inside like we usually do, with all windows and doors shut, watching the Chicago fireworks on television which is the best seat you can have. I have nothing against organized fireworks, which are beautiful to watch.
Will it stop after the 4th? Of course not. People will continue to blow shit up till it all runs out, which gradually takes a couple more weeks or longer. (sigh)