In theory I love the 4th of July and I certainly enjoyed it as a child, but at some point common sense needs to intervene. Fireworks for the most part do not belong in the hands of the everyday person. I live in the desert and we have been getting issued high fire danger alerts for weeks now so you would think common sense would dictate the fireworks would only be permitted by professionals. Sadly, this is not the case. We allow fireworks to be purchased by ANYONE of a certain age without any kind of research into whether this person should be armed for Armageddon. Then, we let any drunk, child, or child being supervised by drunks light the damn things off. Sure, they are told you can’t do certain things in certain areas, but how many are going to listen to this when they purchased the damn things in the parking lot adjacent to a gas station or their local grocery store? So, every year I have to deal with my pets being terrified by the fact that our neighborhood sounds like we are in the middle of a military zone in the middle east and finding firework remnants in my yard and driveway near my cars (yup that’s safe) for days afterward. Can someone please use some sense and ban these things from public consumption with perhaps the exception of the more benign fireworks like sparklers, snakes, and blooming flowers? Because of the idiots setting off fireworks in our neighborhoods I have come to dread the 4th of July almost as much as my pets shake in terror each year on Independence Day. Happy 4th of July, but may all the drunks lighting off fireworks in residential areas encounter a Darwinian moment and remove themselves from the gene pool.
As I am Bitter Betty number one I will make this about me, until the other two decide to contribute to something more than the name. I am a graduate of UNLV, but am native to California, and while my personality prefers California, my bank account (though quite empty at the moment) prefers Las Vegas. I am quite contrary in my personality, in that I am both quite opinionated, and pretty much an introvert. A bit of an enigma I suppose. I am a huge animal lover with dreams of starting my own animal sanctuary. I love crafting, arts, and music of all sorts, and have many interests if I could just get myself to stay out of pain long enough, or focus on one particular thing long enough, to perfect it. I have been in multiple car accidents (none of which were my fault thank you very much as I was usually the passenger), have been told that I likely have fibromyalgia (but for some reason I can't get my doctors to further explore the issue), suffer from chronic migraines, as well as every other kind of headache that exists, and a laundry list of problems associated with these issues and because of this I can't attack my various interests as often, or as voraciously as I would like, and have been out of work for several years. I'd like to get my own business started so that I could bring in an income while having the freedom that I need in performing a job that allows me to stop and start as needed in order to avoid as much pain as possible.