Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Grace under fire...

 Fireworks are legal in Vancouver, and I'm fine with that.   After living in Cali, where even sparklers are frowned on, it's good to have at least a small bit of freedom to celebrate.
There is a huge fireworks stand only a few short blocks from the hovel. They are occasionally setting off some to draw people into their pop up stand.  I've been hearing big fireworks off and on for nearly a week, naturally one would assume I had gotten used to them.  


Late last night, 4AMish, in bed with my window open, the only light coming from my kindle, I was deep into a book where a heavy firefight with rockets, and bullets flying was in progress.    Then a series of rockets and what seriously sounded like bullets went off near the hovel.  I hit the floor and tried to find cover.  After the fireworks barrage stopped, and my heart rate returned to normal, I sheepishly crawled back into bed to finish reading the chapter.

Thankfully, there is no one else living here to see my Lack of Grace under fire...





18 comments:

  1. Ouch, 'sound effects' that match what you're reading isn't good for the heart rate... LOL

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    1. Not the way I prefer to get the ol heart rate up...

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  2. Just good reflexes. My father would duck if a multi-engine airplane flew over with the engines synchronized. The Japanese bombers did that to make locating their direction of travel more difficult.

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    1. I'm gett'n to the age where any reflexes are good...lol

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  3. I've done almost the same thing!

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  4. It's ok. When the mortar rounds drop and start spraying the hovel with shrapnel, you'll be alive.

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  5. The peeps around here shoot off so many fireworks that we quit going to the big public shows we'd haul two chairs out back and watch from our back acreage. Always thought it was nice of the neighbors to spend all that money just to entertain us.

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    1. Same here, I can watch great fireworks while someone else's money goes up in smoke.

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  6. Wow. We won't get any in Arizona maybe due to the fire danger or the virus rules. I imagine our neighbors will also have gotten some, although the usual firework tents aren't there either.

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    1. They have dialed it back to setting them off around midnight.
      Miss those halcyon days on the ranch, when we would load up in the pickup, park on a hill and watched at least four small town fireworks displays in the valley.

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  7. Reflexes count. I used to wear the kevlar helmet I was issued when I was sitting up reading late on New Years Eve. Oakland seemed to explode around midnight and none of the neighbors ever appeared to consider what they were firing in the air was bound to come down somewhere. Little old hovel that I did like but with a thin and skinny roof all of one bedroom. I could have walked downstairs but then I'd be without a tv to watch the ball drop. Remember when you thought that was a thing?

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    1. Wow, don't envy you those times.
      I do remember when watching the ball drop was a very big thing.

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  8. No fireworks up here this year. There are no private fireworks allowed either. FIRE DANGER!

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  9. So funny! I'm sure I'd do the same. We have not seen or heard any up here, but then it's a long way to anyone else's house. And town's a good ways off too. Good luck with your fishing, and happy 4th!

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