It's the best country in the world!
We had a great time last night. Lots of neighbors came out to wave and give us a thumbs-up for all our fireworks. One group of people shouted "WE LOVE YOU!!" and cheered at our big fancy mortar shells. Lots of food, lots of friends and family, and, most important, lots and lots of fireworks.
We had two downers at the end of the night, however. One neighbor from two streets over came by as we were wrapping up our fireworks show and just screamed at us about how late it was (really, dude? 10:30 PM on a holiday when nobody has to get up tomorrow? Pansy.), and an EXTREMELY rude woman in a minivan who was driving around the neighborhood cursing out everyone who was shooting off fireworks (there were at least 5 or 6 other people we could see from our front lawn shooting them off). We were actually done when she came by. We were sweeping up the street (we ALWAYS clean up after ourselves) and she rolled up and let loose a bunch of F-bombs in front of the kids and God and everyone. Unnecessary. I'm sorry that your marriage is bad and you hate your life, lady, but don't take your misery out on us. We're just trying to have a good time.
It brought the whole night down, of course. And since she's probably a busybody soccer mom with no job and nothing better to do with her unhappiness but spread it to others, I'm sure she'll spend her 24 hours of free time per day writing angry letters to the HOA until they ban fireworks next year. It only takes one nasty, determined a-hole who hates her life to spoil everything for everyone else.
But other than those two sad, sad people, we had a blast.
I hope everyone has a safe and awesome 4th of July!!