December 28, 2010 7:06:02 PM CET
wesleynl (Dec 28 2010, 05:33 PM) said: > original post
I think the build up to it is better than it was a few years back when it appeared to be a free for all with the fireworks when they were going off literally all day & evening. I heard they changed the law to allow this, another absurd law change. Before, you were only allowed to use the fireworks a few weeks before, I think. I always found them a complete waste of money, I mean, just a BANG, is it really worth it for all that money! The ones that light up the sky a bit are far better. Anyway, they calmed down the following years and it's pretty much quiet most of the time now around our area, apart from New Year's Eve of course when it's none bloody stop for about an hour all the way up and down the main road. They don't care at all about blocking the traffic.
I did hear that there were cases of some people jumping on top of cars and such like. Went to our local garage and was showed the roof of one car that was all sunken in, said that it would have to be completely replaced. Such crazy people around! Thankfully, our car is securely parked off road.
Anyway, apart from looking out the window a few times watching the sky all light up, I don't bother doing anything special myself. And these days, with my bloody guts playing up so much, I hardly touch alcohol now. Seems the older I get, the less I can enjoy! Bah bloody humbug...
I prefer the big organized events hosted by the city. Where droves of people go to the river bank, and huge fireworks are lit from a barge - or some scenario like that.
The best I ever saw was for the Opsail2000 - when tall ships from around the world came to Norfolk, Virginia. Huge party, lots of music, entertainment etc. The final night was the fireworks spectacular. For the finale the lit off a batch, and they went up just a few feet, and looked like they just 'duded out' little embers just floated on the water. They kept lighting, seeming to ignore the ones in the water. The rest went up like normal, then all at once, the ones that went up went off, and the embers in the water just shot up a huge wall of sparkler-like flames. It was absolutely amazing.
As for the celebration here - when it is over, it looks like a war zone. But it is fun to experience at least once.