Saturday, July 05, 2003
Ah, July 4th. Birthday of this great nation. and a day to kick back, relax, and blow stuff up (note: it is not recommended to kick back and relax while blowing stuff up, because you'll probably want to keep most of your limbs.) Unfortunately here in Redmond, fireworks are banned entirely, which makes it difficult to blow up much stuff. Even so, the back deck here provides an excellent view to the fireworks show put on my the city at Marymoor park. Combined with the various other shows in the area which can be seen in the distance, the result is pretty cool to watch. There is a delay of roughly three seconds between when we see the fireworks from here and when we hear their sounds, which can be pretty loud for some of the larger fireworks. A good indicator of exactly how loud any one particular shell is comes from the large parking lot for the shopping center below our house. This parking lot usually contains one or more car alarms, and the really loud fireworks will result in a "warning" beep from these car alarms. Of course, the car alarms also go off frequently too, often at rather inconvenient times. At times, we have considered the purchase of a military surplus AA battery, which we could program to seek and destroy car alarms. Unfortunately, I think this might result in a few minor difficulties with local law enforcement, so we'll just have to use a trebuchet on the back deck for the time being. On the other hand, if I had thought about it sooner, I might have been able to go over to Boomtowm (a group of fireworks stands on one of the Indian reservations around here that has received unwanted attention from ATF agents in past years) and find something suitable for the purpose.