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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Fireworks, Inland Empire Style

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

A couple of days ago our neighbor invited us out to the parking lot of our apartment complex for fireworks. We had to balance that against an earlier invitation, one from the ladies at Calvary church to go to their church parking lot. That's what people in Riverside do: gather in parking lots and watch the fireworks display atop Mount Rubidoux.

We decided to stay home and join our neighbors. Well, a few of our neighbors and about twenty relatives of a specific neighbor. Somebody made a bowl of popcorn to pass around, and people sat in their lawn chairs, "oohing" and "aahing" at the display. It was all very neighborly and almost, even, communal.

Then the display ended with a grand finale and people started setting off their own fireworks. In our parking lot. Feet from our car. Even now, preparing to go to bed, Black Cats and Bottle Rockets are popping and screeching outside our door.

As of 9:52 pm, though, no fires have been reported. We'll sleep with our fingers crossed.

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posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 9:44 PM


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