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Not too shabby…!

Yes, yes…the picture is sideways. All the better to display the wonder of the HONKING HUGE ROCKET.

Oh, I suppose some of you had rockets to beat this one all hollow, but this is pretty special for us. It was quick, smoky but very, very good.

But of course we celebrate the Fourth. Barbecue, beer, fireworks. Being a foreigner is like having a Jewish parent and a Catholic parent…you get ALLL the holidays.

On firework occasions (of which there are three: Guy Fawkes, New Years and the Fourth), we get a small pre-boxed assortment and one good rocket finale. Our local purveyor of Things that Go Boom likes us, I think. He always picks out the selections for us, chooses us a Ta Dum for the end and gives us a good price (rumor has it he makes the Bonfire Night fireworks himself in the basement, but I can neither confirm nor deny).

Oh, and there was one called Moons of Uranus which was nice, but not nearly as obscene as I hoped.

Hope you had/are having/will have a great Independence Day, depending on time zone.


Comment from Mitchell
Time: July 4, 2012, 11:19 pm

‘Tis a fine rocket Stoaty! They don’t let us play with such things in bone dry Las Vegas. Hell, they don’t even let us have fire crackers. Happy 4th!

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: July 4, 2012, 11:20 pm

Looks like it has a calf nipple attached to it. I think I would light that with a very long match and run like hell! Glad you had a great time!! We watch the show done at the Mall. We use to live in DC and always went there for fireworks, so we just continue it here on our huge ass tee vee. To freakin hot to go out anywhere in Florida and deal with the crowds. I’d pop someone before the night is over and I’m not white hispanic so I’d be in a hell of a lot of trouble.

Comment from Redd
Time: July 5, 2012, 12:34 am

Oh, and there was one called Moons of Uranus which was nice, but not nearly as obscene as I hoped.

You were probably suppose to stick it up someone’s butt and light it. That seems to be the popular thing these days:


h/t Ed

Comment from Sockless Joe
Time: July 5, 2012, 1:24 am

I would think celebrating July 4th would be frowned upon in Ye Olde Country…

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 5, 2012, 4:54 am

Screw Your Independence Day!
The biggest mistake you ever made was your Independence!!!


Your New King and Queen don’t like you:

Comment from Man Mountain Molehill
Time: July 5, 2012, 6:03 am

Only one???

You wuss!

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 5, 2012, 6:14 am

Hey, Flashy. Why don’t you go eat a Dickup until you Hiccup…

Stoatie, I think I have found a new standard for awesome…


Comment from Mike C.
Time: July 5, 2012, 9:04 am

Believe it or not, the 4th of July is not a big holiday here in Bolivia…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 5, 2012, 10:20 am

Well, here’s a conversation-stopper from my spam bucket:

sweasel.com is well done, but loads very slow

symptoms of gonorrhea

Is the slow loading of my blog a symptom of gonorrhea? I’m afraid to hit the link!

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 5, 2012, 11:20 am

That doesn’t look like Ronald. Nancy would be pissed as it disgraces his memory.
Hey Pubey? Still hanging with the KiddyFielders? 🙂
Tut tut!

Comment from nightfly
Time: July 5, 2012, 3:18 pm

Explode ALL the things!

Really wish we could do stuff like that here in New Jersey, but ’tis a power reserved to the Permit-Holders only. It’s still enough to spook the puppers, though.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 5, 2012, 3:28 pm

Here in Oregon, we can’t even get proper sparklers anymore. All the fireworks have been pussified down until they just aren’t fun at all.

I remember when I used to be able to go to Woolworth’s and get real M-80’s for 5 cents apiece. REAL cherry bombs and silver salutes too!

Sure, some natural selection occurred, but it wasn’t like those kids were going to be surgeons, anyhow.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 5, 2012, 5:36 pm

I still can’t wrap my braincell around being allowed guns but not fireworks.

Then again, I know which I’d rather have.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 5, 2012, 7:48 pm

“And the rockets red glare;
The bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night
That the Weasel is a Yankee”

Comment from David Gillies
Time: July 5, 2012, 8:00 pm

And now you have Bonfire Night to look forward to. Where I used to live in Bradford, the feral kids would be setting off bangers and bottle rockets for a fortnight beforehand. It was like living in Beirut, in more ways than one.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 5, 2012, 8:40 pm

Yeah, Some Veg, that is a bit of a downside. When the fireworks go off on the Fourth, everybody in my little village knows whose fault it is 🙁

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 5, 2012, 9:40 pm

When we were kids, we had a heap of Mills Bombs left over from WW1. Back in the 1980’s I removed a 25 pound live shell from the bottom of my garden digging a drain.
If it was a weapon – they brought it home!

180,000 tonnes of chemical munitions were dumped in Cook Straight. Phosgene or Blister anyone?

Comment from Frit
Time: July 5, 2012, 10:22 pm

“Sure, some natural selection occurred, but it wasn’t like those kids were going to be surgeons, anyhow.”

Thank you, Bob! My hubby and I enjoyed a delightful laugh after reading that, made our day. 🙂

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 6, 2012, 4:48 am

Ah yes, a nation founded upon religious intolerance, fiscal ineptitude and rebellion against common sense.

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