The Widder’s Lament: Firecrackers and Fireworks

by on July 6, 2022 · 12 comments

in Ocean Beach

By Judi Curry

I am not a violent person.  I do not believe in guns for any purpose other than military, and even then I have some doubts.

I do not like hunting innocent animals for fun; I do not like people to have guns in their homes, cars, tents, etc.  I do not fish anymore – something I used to do until I heard a lobster scream when I put it in boiling water.

I do not like Ice Hockey because of the fighting that goes on; I just realized that I do not like the Tour de France either because of the arguments that take place there.  And I do not like people that feel the need to argue with me and tell me that my thinking is wrong.  In fact, I am liking animals more than humans recently.

But… there is one thing that I would love to do; as violent as I can possible be. I would love to line up those idiots that stand or drive on Sunset Cliffs tossing loud, obnoxious, dangerous fire crackers – and please note – I said FIRE CRACKERS, not FIREWORKS! out into the open.  They toss them at people; they toss them at dry brush; they toss them at houses.  They toss them everywhere without a single thought as to the horrific consequences that can happen.

Perhaps you saw the news about an 11 year old boy that died in Indiana after a fireworks incident.  And when I was teaching I had a 6th grade student that blew off three fingers on his right hand from fireworks. And what purpose does a firecracker serve?  Hard to come up with anything positive.

But I’ll tell you what firecrackers do.  They scare the crap out of animals. They cause veterans – and others – to relieve some awful memories of their time in war and other incidents.  And all for the purpose to create a lot of noise caused by idiots.

And for those people that give me all sorts of suggestions to soothe my dog during these early morning times, THEY DO NOT WORK WITH HIM.

The Thunder Jacket was useless; I refuse to give him narcotics to soothe him while some f – – – ing idiot is setting off an illegal firecracker.  Playing music, turning on the TV loudly, giving him his favorite treat does nothing. The fireworks that are done legally bother him but do not put him in a catatonic state.  I don’t mind the celebration of holidays.  I do object to Sea World causing such pollution every night, but it is not a sharp loud crack as firecrackers are.

July 4th, the firecrackers began at 6:30pm.  Seven were shot off right after each other.  It continued until 2:30am.  And what did that imbecile to?  He got in his car and drove down Sunset Cliffs throwing live firecrackers out the window as he drove.  As crowded as the street was that night, it is fortunate that nothing severe took place, except for my dog, my neighbor’s dog, his neighbor’s dog, etc. And the PTSD sufferers didn’t get a break either.

If I could do one violent thing in my life, I would like to line up all the firecracker jerks, and put a live firecracker “where the sun don’t shine.” Only then would they realize the harm they are doing to the environment and the living things around them.  Am I pissed off? You bet I am.  Watching my dog shake; breathe so hard I thought he might die; feel his heart racing so fast I couldn’t count the beats;  fall asleep only to be woken up  by the loud noises again and again makes me want those firecracker asses to feel the pain others are feeling.

Firecrackers are illegal.  Los Angeles and Riverside County have fines for possessing fireworks AND fire crackers. The minimum fine for using fireworks AND firecrackers is $1000! The MINIMUM!

What does Ocean Beach/Pt. Loma do?  Nothing.  I was in Pacific Beach yesterday and saw policemen strolling down the streets. Talking to people. Issuing a ticket to someone that was shooting off a firecracker.  It looks like our neighborhood has been forgotten – again.  I’m afraid it’s going to be a long, hot, noisy, dangerous summer.


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris July 6, 2022 at 11:34 am

“I just realized that I do not like the Tour de France either because of the arguments that take place there.”

Off topic and not to the point of illegal fireworks but what arguments do you mean?


judith curry July 6, 2022 at 12:21 pm

I saw two riders go at each other on the second day of the race; not sure if one thought the other had cut him off, but that is hard not to do when there are so many bikers going the same way at the same time.


GML July 6, 2022 at 1:15 pm

Unfortunately you can find something similar in every sport (baseball, basketball, football, tennis, etc.). There will always be tempers & fights.


Chris July 6, 2022 at 1:19 pm

Got it. Riders often do get into it with each other and I’ve even seen clips of fans getting physically attacked by riders. Yeah the TDF get’s pretty crazy.


Get Real July 6, 2022 at 4:10 pm
stu July 7, 2022 at 8:14 am

I agree I am not a fire cracker fan I would rather just burn dollar bills I kind of feel the same way about fireworks. Seaworld fire works are pretty good But the cost is not doubt high, $5K maybe or is it $20k, for that kind of show. Why not do a light show with lasers and drones, way less pollution too.
Hunting I feel a bit different about, I haven’t been in 40+ years and probably won’t go for another 40. I do own a gun but it needs a good cleaning before firing. I found the problem with hunting was the hunters many just butt holes with guns. Some families do depend on it for winter feed. This was in very rural Maine and Wyoming.


Carl M Zanolli July 7, 2022 at 1:36 pm

Animals will never hurt or betray you


Sorry not Sorry July 8, 2022 at 10:07 am

That is a pretty broad and false statement.


Carl M Zanolli July 8, 2022 at 6:16 pm

Not to any any right minded thinking person


Sorry not Sorry July 11, 2022 at 9:55 am

Fake news


Chris July 7, 2022 at 4:45 pm

Guns are always going to be contentious issue. And the truth is, different parts of the country have different cultural attitudes, which goes whiteout saying. People on either side of the gun debate often have very limited exposure to anyone who is not one hundred percent in agreement. Example: The person who’s only interest in firearms sport shooting. I have a friend who’s a very politically progressive and a stringent vegan (so no hunting) who’s only interest in firearms is sport shooting. She owns two pistols and keeps them locked up at the range she belongs to. How about athletes who compete in the sport of biathlon? Are they all NRA flag waving right wing extremists?


sealintheselkirks July 8, 2022 at 5:15 pm

I have never figured out why the sounds of war, which is extremely associated with mass death in my mind, somehow ‘celebrates’ freedom and liberty.

Quiet contemplation seems a much better choice than the sounds of screaming rockets, exploding bombs, and gunfire. I’m sure the people of Ukraine might have similar feelings by this point as I’m sure the Iraqis that Wbush tried to bomb back into the Stone Age with his lovely ‘Shock and Awe’ fireworks show in 2003 must have also felt… The sound of war is not a celebration to me.

How about no more fireworks at all, just have a lot of live bands set up everywhere! And that is doable! I drove into Bend Oregon a few years ago during their Oktoberfest to surf the Dechutes River Surf Wave and every downtown street I passed had a different band set up and playing. Why not a band on every street instead? Makes sense to me! So does the laser light show sky effects.

But this year was WONDERFUL up here in the far northwest. You know why? Because I woke up to another pounding wet huge thunderstorm (five in the last eight days) that had rolled in overnight. No hail this time but it was a deluge, huge drops smacking the metal roofing above my head. So much water fell that the wheelbarrow left out had 3″ of water at 9am…

Then the sky went sunshine in the afternoon but everything continued to be soaking wet. Talk about a fire reducer. Had me smiling.

And after an excellent potluck dinner with a few vaccinated & boosted careful friends on an outdoor deck (I brought desserts), another stack of huge cloud masses rolled in overhead and pounded huge drops before dark that really cut the war sounds down to practically nothing.

Hard to light off fireworks in a pouring rainstorm, ya know? Didn’t hear a single AR/AK going off, either. Nobody wants to get them wet I guess. Kind of nice having just the sound of rain with the little tiger kitty purring on my lap while the dog jealously nudges my hand with her nose wagging her tail for attention. The rain runs off the porch roof made chuckling stream sounds, the waterfall effect there was so much falling. The air smelled so good, full of forest scents, and…it was nice!

stu: I agree. A lot of people around here depend on filling the freezer to feed their families every Fall. Neighbors share and swap around and I end up with moose, elk, venison, bison, and sometimes duck, goose, and pheasant in the freezer. Yum.

But then there are also a lot of people around here wearing red hats that I wouldn’t trust to drive a car well, think critically, or (heaven forbid!) raise children to not be idiots that all carry pistols and AR15s on the gun racks of their pickup trucks. Both genders by the way, it isn’t limited to just men around here.

But at least I had a nice 4th!



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