Sunday, July 4, 2010
Every year it's the same routine. But this year is different. A list of the usual happenings on this day:
Kids start shooting of firecrackers a day or two in advance.
A parade with military band in the morning.
Some community celebration with games flags and bunting. Not to forget the pie eating contest.
Fire trucks on display and sometimes a firemens hose battle.
Family gatherings with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and potatoe salad.
There's the firework injuries with full ERs. Who doesn't know of somebody who didn't hurt by one as a kid.
Lost dogs and cats who ran away as the noise fest started.
At least one house is set on fire from a stray rocket.
As I said this year is different:
Many fireworks displays were cancelled for lack of money. The one in Seattle almost didn't happen because the corporate sponsors pulled out. This after they got a bailout from the government and gave out hefty bonuses. It wasn't until local small businesses got together and with the help of small private donations the show will go on.
Many community celebrations were cancelled.
There's been almost no fireworks being set off by kids in the area. I heard some about a week ago. Today is silent.
In years past people would talk about their work and families at gatherings. This year it will be who's working and how long you've been out of work. Who's still managing to keep their kids in school. Who's been sick and how they'll pay for it.
It's cold here high of 64 and there's a chance of rain. Kind of punctuates the entire mood here.
Just what is that cat drinking? It's tempting but I'll pass because I know how he'll feel tomorrow.