austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Down in town the circuit's full with switchblade lovers, so fast, so shiny, so sharp

Now! Finally we're in to July. This would be the first time since our wedding that we'd spend the fourth of July in Michigan as a married couple. It was the first time bunny_hugger spent it in Michigan since 2011. (In 2012 we were in the Netherlands; in 2013, New Jersey; in 2014, on an amusement park tour in Ohio.) This was deliberate. We wanted to see the spectacle.

The night before was the fireworks in bunny_hugger's parents' town and we went for that. The fireworks were along the riverside and we had to drive through a network of complicated and often-blocked-off streets looking for the first space open enough to park. People were setting off their own fireworks, as if that were a normal or sane thing to do. If I weren't fireworks-shy enough from my New Jersey upbringing, there's also how my summer job at college was in the quality control lab of a gunpowder factory. I've got a lot of inhibitions against deliberately trying to set fire to things that I expect to explode.

But we got a nice little spot by the river. We were seated near some frog that made an occasional glurking noise uncannily like what I hear on old-time radio comedies as a hilarious frog noise. I had no idea they really sounded like that. Or that they would keep sounding funnier with every interrupting glurk. Or at least they sounded like that for about forty minutes, as we considered how we should've brought picnic blankets, while waiting for the fireworks to start.

After the show we had the mass of everybody in town walking back from the river, except for people who were shooting off fireworks or lighting things and tossing them into the street. Or just driving wobbily on bicycles. Or squabbling with police about how they didn't know they couldn't drive past the barriers warning STREET CLOSED. It was, yes, exciting, although I understand why the dogs and the rabbit do not want to have anything to do with all this.

Trivia: The three-wire electrical system, of two 110-volt dynamos connected in series with a third, neutral, wire, was granted United States Patent number 274,290. It was applied for the 27th of November, 1882. Source: Edison: A Biography, Matthew Josephson.

Currently Reading: Capitulation, 1945: The Story Of The Dönitz Regime, Marlis G Steinart. Translator Richard Barry.


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