Monday, July 04, 2005

Grand Funk Railroad 'E Pluribus Funk'

The Fourth of July seems to be about blowing stuff up as much as it is celebrating Independence Day.

Even when I was a kid, I didn’t much care for going out to see the fireworks displays. It never made that much sense to me. Standing or sitting in the hot July stickiness watching fire trail off into the sky for a big bang and a shower of sparks has never been my idea of fun.

As a matter of fact, I hate it.

I dated a girl for six years who loved going out to these “events”. I dreaded ever Fourth of July with her because I knew that she would beg me to go to these things. I’m not sure but I think that she succeeded only once. Trying to get me to go to a Fourth of July fireworks show is like trying to ride a horse through a burning building.

I don’t like putting up with the traffic. I don’t like the heat and humidity. I really don’t understand what all the fuss is about. It is only fireworks. I’m not saying that watching fireworks is something for folks with low IQ’s; I’m just saying that I’d rather watch something else.

So last night on July 3rd, I did just that. While everyone else in Greensboro was at Grimsley and the surrounding area for the fireworks display, I was at home watching something else. It takes a little more than gunpowder and loud noises to impress me. If I wanted to see any of the fireworks, why bother going out there with everyone else? Why not stay at home, do what you want and watch the highlights on the 11 O’clock news?

My phone didn’t ring last night and there was no one around, it was FANTASTIC!

I got to finish season one of ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ on DVD from Netflix. I watched a program on the BTK Killer on The Learning Channel and I turned in early for some much needed sleep.

After I “proofread” this, I realized that I do enjoy fireworks at times. I like them incorporated into my rock concerts. Take a KISS concert for example… There are lots of fireworks displays at their shows. I guess that I just enjoy some different type of music besides the 1812 Overture with my fireworks.

Well, that’s enough from me. I haven’t had the time for writing as much as I like to. Summer is the busy season for radio geeks like me.

I did provide a link at the top to a site that inspired me to write down crap that you’re reading right now so, check it out. It’s from a guy that I used to work with at Peaches Music & Video on High Point Road here in Greensboro. Be warned, you will laugh your ass off. Check out The West Virginia Surf Report.


  1. Anonymous1:16 AM

    Well, I'm glad it is not just me who is underwhelmed by fireworks. I went to see 'em this year for the first time since they were at Carolina Circle Mall. I just don't get it... red, green, purple, repeat.... I got more out of watching the crowd than the actual display. There was the redneck couple who set up camp with two rocking chairs in the back of their pick-up, and the older yuppie guy next to us who leaned on the hood of his car, his hand firmly planted on his wife's behind. I decided to spend my time shouting "WOAH!" at each and every explosion in imitation of this nearby kid. I hope it annoyed him.. alas, he probably just thought I was enjoying the show.

  2. Who are you, "Me"? Do we know each other? And where did you go for fireworks this year? Tell me EVERYTHING!

  3. Anonymous4:52 PM

    Of course we know each other. I was hauled off to the fireworks (by a semi-nemesis) here in town.. sitting in the parking lot of some bank or something across from the Friendly Center McDonald's. Lame times indeed... though I did take pictures of the rocking chair rednecks and the cop-a-feel yuppie. Perhaps tonight I will upload and/or email them.