Monday, July 7, 2008

Happy Belated Fourth!

MENTAL STATUS: "Off". I'm feeling better, but have developed other symptoms--cough, watery eyes, headaches, mental fuzziness. I'm beginning to think it's allergies. Ugh.

Well, Happy Belated Fourth of July to all of you in the U.S. We kicked off the long weekend with a BBQ with two other couples and their kids, then we hosted a family BBQ on Friday then headed down to the beach to watch the fireworks. The weather this weekend looked iffy but we managed to spend all four days at the beach--where I mostly slept because I felt so blah. But it still felt good to be there.

While I was there, I read a Focus on the Family magazine and saw some neat trivia on fireworks that I thought I'd share with you even though the holiday is past.

Fireworks Trivia:

* static electricity in synthetic clothing can ignite fireworks. Those who make fireworks wear cotton from head to toe.

* professional fireworks shows have grown shorter in recent years. Three decades ago, the average show lasted over an hour; today's shows last about 20 minutes

* in 1996, a lighted string of firecrackers lasted 22 hours to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong.

* The amount of fireworks used in the U.S. has increased 2.5 times since 1992.


Fascinating, huh? And now you know. :)

How was your Fourth of July holiday?


Chicki said...

Four days at the beach ... sigh!

Since my kids all had plans, it was just hubby and me. We went to see "Hancock" and to O'Charley's for dinner.

"Hancock" was great -- kind of dark, but with a big surprise and cool ending.

Dinner was weird -- no BBQ or picnic. I wanted to take the grands to the fireworks, but by the time they got back from their events, they were wiped out. I read until I fell asleep. Boring but relazing.

Chelle Sandell said...

So sorry you still feel bad! Especially at the beach. Our 4th was also low key. We grilled out and swam...that evening we let the little one pop the non-burning fireworks and watched several nearby fireworks displays.

Prixie said...

we burst fireworks when we celebrate diwali - thats like the hindu equivalent to christmas