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jersey shore merchants, huksters and vacationers of all ilk...

..i trust the 4th of julie weather meets or exceeds your expectations, the 3 hs (hazy, hot, humid) being perfect for beach goer, and a/c restaurateur and shop-keeper alike -- for those of us hangin' in the 'hood doing the annual 4th grass cutting thing...eh! another day for the hum of a/c to drown out beebuzz and b-ball bounce -- fire up those bbqs matey, i'll have a burger and some chips, maybe a little slaw (i'm jumping the gun a bit, p'rhaps later in the day...

the wonder dog gets quite pissy at the sounds of fireworks, so i've already taken her on a morning trike/run in hopes she'll sleep right thru any ka-booms and ka-bams -- you'd think if the 135db racket from 37 neighborhood lawnmowers all firing off at the same time (plus the assorted weed whackers, pnuematic "rakes" and assorted vegetation trimmers didn't bother her, a few fire crackers wouldn't either, but, of course, you'd be mistaken -- 2 years ago it was, in fact, that this usually mild mannered, never bites, goes overboard in the hand licking area, pooch did become so agitated by the ongoing explosions that she lunged at another animal (some tiny yip-hound furball) and in fact draw blood -- i still believe she thought the peculiar critter was a large rat that had somehow invaded the neighborhood and took it upon herself to discourage it's staying where it wasn't wanted -- the silly looking woman who was being led around by the wee beastie was, somewhat understandably, in a state of panic due to the critters leap up into her arms, displaying a drop of blood on it's white fur -- mary, who had only moments ago, held peanut's leash, was attempting to rise from the ground where she had unceremoniously landed when peanut had launched herself, pulling mary over and yanking the leash from her hand (this time she did not break her ankles but did wound her dignity and scrape her arm and for months afterward refuse to walk that "wild dog of yours") -- so, if you're still with me, you may understand why i'm interested in keeping peanut in a state of suspended animation for the next day or so -- all you u.s. types out there have a safe holiday and be careful to not step on any incendiary devices :-)

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Can I ask something. Do you all get to let off fireworks? Or just the authorities Ed?

..without state license (of some sort) is illegal in many (most) states but minor infractions are usually overlooked -- and on july 5th there will be a slew of news articles of individuals injured by the use/misuse of illegal fireworks

Fireworks are great fun. We get to let them off on Guy Fawkes night (November 5th). There's quite an active campaign to get private use banned, and just have organised displays. It''s the busiest night of the year for the fire department and the hospitals. Hope you dog doesn't suffer too much. poor pooch ;-/

Happy 4th of July, have a great day :-)

Guy Fawkes day (or night, i guess)

..i guess it's both in honor of the man and his plans for parliament and a celebration of his execution....depending on one's viewpoint :) -- i won't ask which side you're on heheeee

Re: Guy Fawkes day (or night, i guess)

Well, considering people make scarecrow type Guy Fawlkes' and burn then on a bonfire, I'd imagine it's celebrating his execution. I really don't think anyone thinks much about the history tbh. It's just intended to be a fun night ;-)

Oddly my dogs are not phased by thunderstorms...they just bark at the thunder at first, then forget about it. But with fireworks..they go nuts. Not afraid nuts...just all barky.

Not afraid nuts...just all barky...

..yup, that's her too, but not afraid to follow up her barking with a bite if need be :)

Good Morning Ed!
Bailey.....you know, the wonder beagle....."fat, single and ready to mingle" is terrified of the noise we will have tonight. She will spend the night curled up in the back of the house, in a corner whimpering. The illegal use here is widespread. In fact, so much so that the neighbors will all have their lawn chairs and coolers in their driveways as soon as dusk hits for the show. It's cute for about the first hour. But, by three in the morning you are ready to kill somebody. Tomorrow I will get up and have to spend an hour cleaning the debris out of the yard. We prepare by having the water hose ready to go and the van in the garage. It's so widespread that the cops just can't keep up with it. I suppose that purchasing the illegal stuff just over the Ohio border (an hour and a half away) legally doesn't help much! Enjoy your day. I am noticing the effects over lowering my Paxil and have left my bedroom 3 times in the past 2 days. Fun & Games!

..it can be such a royal pain in the ass, working to get meds and dosages correct -- then just when all seems to be going well your body chemical factory decides to change output -- heh! what a life, hey? :)

yeah, i also have a minor yard cleanup the next day

well, enjoy your neighborhood display (as long as you can) then stuff in the ear plugs ;-)

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