SoCS: Fourth of July

I  journal and do morning stream of consciousness exercises, and
I’m again participating in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday
I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!
You can do it too!
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “for/fore/four.”

Four holidays that are excuses for irresponsible behavior:
New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s, Cinco de Mayo, and
the Fourth of July, Independence Day.

The first three you can generally avoid the idiots,
which I call amateur night for drunks —
stay away from bars and don’t drive the streets.

But the Fourth is my least favorite holiday.
We have massive fire issues and our stupid stupid state is a forest fire waiting to happen.
*oh wait, that already did, with lives lost in the Multnomah fire*
For almost a decade we’ve stood vigil over museum artifacts.
In our neighborhood, everyone leaves and it becomes a place for dragsters and fireworks.
Two years running we stayed up all night at the business,
watching skyrockets fired on the corner by drunk assholes…
Calling the police all night did no good.  They don’t show up, ever…

Last night at 7pm as we were leaving a cherry bomb exploded, foreshadowing the mess.

I don’t think this is what our forefathers envisioned…
So I hate it.  Hate it.

We have so much to lose, between our forests
(which provide a good dose of oxygen to everyone) and our business
and the lives of those who have to clean up after these irresponsible assholes.

Rant for the day.

For the rules, go to Linda’s blog;  feel free to join the fun!

About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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12 Responses to SoCS: Fourth of July

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I hate the amateur fireworks, Kate. I understand how much larger the problem (worry) is for you. I’m sorry. I wish people were smarter. Good luck making it through the week.

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  2. loisajay says:

    I get it, Katie. Rant on! All the damage done and scares the heck out of cats and dogs. Why, people? Why?

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  3. Laura says:

    4th of July is my least favorite, too. Too much noise, too much everything.

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  4. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    I too would rant. Here too during some festivals people lose all sense of reason. Well written.

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  5. joey says:

    The Fourth is my favorite 🙂 I love the fireworks and festivities and all that.
    I do NOT like amateur hour all around it. Boom. Goodness, earlier today I thought something was wrong with my car because Boom Boom Boom. Ugh.

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  6. totally agree with the rant

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