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Sparkly!

The sky was full of fireworks tonight, all around. We went up on the roof deck and watched for a while. There were fireworks from every direction. I'd estamate they came from at least 40 or 50 different yards, but most came from about six parks and schools nearby. Whizzy white spirals. Green and blue popping ones. Violet starbursts.

The main fireworks for the city were miles away, on the opposite side of downtown, so we didn't stand a chance at seeing them from home. Still, it certainly was lovely to see the city alive with the sparkle of controlled fire.

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hilly02
May. 20th, 2003 04:17 am (UTC)
fireworks and thoughts
what were the fireworks in celebration of? I'm miffed that I'll be missing the Fourth of July for like, the umpteenth time in my life this year.
I always seem to be in odd locations for the Fourth, where I don't get to see any fireworks: Maine, Montana, Alaska (although Alaska was cool because the sun never set that night), England, etc.

Well at least I got to watch Bonfire Night.
owlfish
May. 20th, 2003 05:54 am (UTC)
Re: fireworks and thoughts
It was in honor of Victoria Day. I have no idea why Canadians celebrate Victoria Day with fireworks. This might have been the first time I was in the country on this day. There've been fireworks for sale everywhere for the past week or so. I did at least hear that Victoria Day is governmentally situated on the Monday closest to Queen Victoria's birthday. And Victoria was queen when Canada became an independent country. But therein lies all I know about why it might be a big celebration here. That, and it's a public holiday and the weather was lovely.
hilly02
May. 20th, 2003 06:20 am (UTC)
Re: fireworks and thoughts
that makes sense, Victoria Day. I should have paid closer attention.

Clearly you know about the incident with the little girl who was murdered in Ontario lately; how come none of the American news sites aren't covering it? I read it on an international web news site and it's a horrible tragic story.

Has there been much discussion and fear in Toronto about this psychotic bastard who goes around killing and mutilating children?

People like that should be shot, immediately.
owlfish
May. 20th, 2003 06:41 am (UTC)
Re: fireworks and thoughts
From the Toronto coverage, you would think the entire world was covering the murder. I hadn't realized the US papers weren't. Presumably they covered it the first day or so and then dropped the followup. Oh yes, Holly has made headlines above the centerfold every day since it happened. There's currently a petition going around to have convicted sex offenders never allowed to be released from jail. The police say that the murdererer made a major mistake or three. (I get the impression they have DNA evidence.) Also on the subject of DNA evidence, a day or two ago the headline was that a suspect in the case refused to give a DNA sample.

A friend of mine (pittenweem) is singing in a memorial service for Holly today.
hilly02
May. 20th, 2003 06:44 am (UTC)
Re: fireworks and thoughts
Does Canada not have the death penalty? Just asking, not beginning a vicious debate.
owlfish
May. 20th, 2003 06:52 am (UTC)
Re: fireworks and thoughts
Offhand... I don't actually know but I don't think it does.

(Thank you! I will happily discuss politics as long as no one tries to persuade me that they are right, and that I am wrong/stupid/ignorant etc. and as long as both make a real attempt to understand the other. Thus I don't usually discuss politics at all since way too many people immediately lapse into Vicious Debate mode.)
hilly02
May. 20th, 2003 06:54 am (UTC)
Re: fireworks and thoughts
nah, I was just curious. Not at all interested in vicious debates at the moment.

I'm having a cat day, where I just lie around all day and stretch occasionally.
innostrantsa
May. 20th, 2003 09:07 am (UTC)
Re: fireworks and thoughts

just wanted to let you know that your thinking is correct-- canada doesn't have the death penalty.

i don't think the papers or media here have been covering the murder you're speaking of at all. i don't read them much anymore since they've degenerated so badly, but i picked one up a bit ago and there was, perhaps, a total of maybe three column-inches on canada in the whole thing. and since all the media conglomerates do is exist to sell us useless junk and push the party line, there's not much room for stories on folks getting murdered in a country that didn't support The War.

sorry. this is a sore spot for me. anyway. i liked your sisterly ode, btw.
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