April 19, 2005

Fireworks on the lake

Japan is a land of fireworks connoisseurs; check out Robert Brady's blog for what it's like to enjoy the show from the 8th International Symposium on Fireworks when you've the advantage of living nearby.

Here in Orlando, land of Disney and Universal, all the family fun is supposedly pre-planned and canned. The fireworks run every night from multiple locations, perfect and precise, like wind-up toys. It's all quite routine, no mystery at all.

How I miss the magic of waiting on a sandy beach in the dark, listening for the sound of a shell launching. Then looking up to the night sky with anticipation, wondering and watching: What would it be? A chrysanthemum? Whistler? The little twirling sparklers that squirmed like polliwogs in mud?

2 comments:

alice@blogalice.com said...

although we weren't at oneida lake, we were able to catch the works last summer at cazenovia, from way up on the hill. It was pretty, but short! I'm the type of person that likes to dodge the flaming embers (and you can do this in Allentown PA at J. Birney Crum Stadium--scars to prove it).

teletypeturtle said...

Dodging the embers... that happened once at Oneida Lake too :-). One summer, working at the amusement park there, I remember the wind was blowing the wrong direction on the fourth of July. We had a few half-burnt (and half-burning) firework shell casings falling on us among the kiddie rides. At least the customers were all out on the beach...