I want to wish everyone a happy 4th of July weekend and I thought I’d better do it now unless I come back Monday with fewer fingers than required to type. In my neighborhood most of my good friends have taken the whole “fireworks are illegal” thing more as a random suggestion than as a law and that is why the cul de sac looks like a free fire zone on the 4th. We spend a certain amount of time with them during holidays but the 4th can be a little more dangerous than dropping the green bean casserole on Christmas because they have a couple of nephews who bear watching around the clock. One is never as happy as when he’s trying to get something to explode in the outdoor fireplace. He’ll drop bottles and aerosol cans just to see them explode but the other day he was trying to burn an ice cube so it’s not like he’s the sharpest tool in the shed anyway but that’s what makes you kind of want to keep an eye on him. A little history: He’s like Flxoch, the caveman who invented fire, when the club he was trying to hit the girl in the neighboring cave with was hit by lightning and he ran around screaming until he discovered saber-toothed tiger and woolly mammoth were tastier and tenderer once you burned off their hair and put a little char on them. And that’s how he invented BBQ. Look it up if you don’t believe me. The other nephew has surreptitiously taken over all fireworks lighting and practically has an acetylene torch welded to his arm on the 4th of July. And sometime during the evening he forgets that fireworks are designed to go up and conveniently leaves a few on their sides so when they go off, they’re shooting across the street like tracer bullets. Let me just say that shrapnel wounds are not uncommon as he lumbers around lighting anything that resembles a fuse. That’s all well and good until you find your shoelace on fire. As my mother used to say, “It’s all fun and games until your cupcake goes up in flames.” So instead of being able to watch the fireworks, I’m keeping my eye on them and a hose in my hand in case I have to put someone out. As it is, when we get together to celebrate birthdays, everyone knows not to get too close to the candles if they’re around.
And if you’re planning on driving this holiday weekend, please change your plans. I don’t know why the millions among you who can’t drive insist on demonstrating that fact on a holiday weekend. We are long past the time when anyone should get lost, so those of you who think going 35 in the middle lane of the freeway while you try to read a map will magically get you to your destination please…stay off the road. Jeez, we’re like one step away from having GPS in a filling in our teeth so if you’re continually getting lost…Darwin was right.
So please have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend but if you don’t and need help locating a missing finger, give me a call and I’ll come help look for it. I have a flashlight.
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