Wednesday, July 4, 2012

it's all tickety boo

Years ago, when I was a working girl, we had a new manager join our department.  He transferred in from our plant "across the pond" in London.  He showed up for his first day of work on the 4th of July and wondered where everyone was.

It's atypically quiet around here.  Fireworks, other than sponsored shows, on the fourth have been illegal in Colorado for years.  But the ban hasn't been aggressively enforced.  We are right across the border from Wyoming where it seems it's All Fireworks All The Time, and there's usually plenty of popping and booming going on in the weeks surrounding the holiday.  Until this year.

For obvious reasons, fireworks are REALLY banned this year.  And even if they weren't, most people are smart enough to know they'd better not shoot any because they could (a) start a fire or (b) have their wise neighbors go all SWAT team on them if they even think about it.

A friend of mine checked to see all that was restricted:

  • charcoal grilling 
  • campfires
  • warming fires 
  • fireworks
  • smoking outdoors
  • blowtorch action. 

Well, I sure am glad they included "blowtorch action" because you never can be sure!

Of course, independence is a good thing and not something that requires fireworks for us to be grateful.  No hard feelings toward the Brits :)

Happy 4th of July to my American friends!  Happy Wednesday to all!


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Judy said...

Thinking of you all - hope those fires are all dying down over there. Happy fourth!

terri said...

I'm sure no one is too upset about the fireworks laws this year!

ShadowRun300 said...

Sometimes quiet is a good thing. I'm sure most people will be following the rules this year.
Hope you all were able to enjoy the holiday despite having to keep the blowtorch locked up. ;)
P.S. Loved seeing the Statue of Liberty picture again!

agg79 said...

Happy 4th to you as well. And ditto on what SR300 says - sometimes a quiet celebration is a good thing. Although all the parades and picnics are great, if you can find some nice shady spot. We had our drought last year which led to a fireworks ban as well. This year, we have caught up on our rain, so the firework vendors are back in business. Enough noise and explosions around the area to make both dogs hide out in the closet.

And I hear that the fires are almost 85% contained!

CiCi said...

I can just picture your new manager arriving at an empty building.

It is strange in a way that we have such dear British friends while we celebrate a holiday in this country that stands for freedom from the British.

Hope your fourth was enjoyable.

Rock Chef said...

Glad things are OK between us - don't want something like this to ruin a good friendship!

Now I am a real killjoy when it comes to fireworks...

Anita said...

You'd make a nice greeting card for the 4th next year. :)
But with stamps at 45 cents a pop, hmmm...

LL Cool Joe said...

We celebrate the 4th of July here because it's the day our adopted older daughter arrived in our home. :)