I miss big fireworks shows on the 4th of July at the beach every year. Hell, I miss just having the day off from work. Barbecue, longnecks, bottle rocket wars, I miss all of it. Y’all have a good time on my behalf, I think I will go out of my way to buy a bottle of shitty American beer at the convenience store and maybe light off some incense when I get home.
On the brighter side of things, I intend on seeing a natural fireworks show as soon as I get to Thailand in October: The Naga Fireballs
And I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to tell the difference between methane plumes rising from the Mekong and tracer fire from the Lao side of the river.
Speaking of tracers, the first time I saw them in person was down the street from my grandparents’ house in Los Angeles, on the fourth of July. I believe that was the year when a police officer deftly caught in his hand a bullet that fell from the sky and bounced off a car window.
Happy fourth.

4 thoughts on “Independence

  1. I celebrated last year by eating KFC and launching off bottle rockets next to the Yodogawa. The year before that it was singing Springstein songs in a Karaoke bar. Dude, go do something a bit more exciting- blow something up!

  2. I thought that’s what you did for Thanksgiving!
    I do have a huge bag of fireworks upstairs… There’s something wrong with setting them off on a workday, though.

  3. It doesn’t feel right setting off fireworks on a workday, but it will make you feel even more patriotic if you do make the effort to get out there and blow shit up. Besides, if you don’t use them today, you’ll probably end up throwing them away. You’re time over there is almost up…

  4. The fireworks will not go to waste! When next I travel to Awaji, I’m sure that we will find someplace to have a bon fire and experiment with exploding objects…

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