The View From 32


JULY 4, 2007   More below: BEACHWORK


Truth is I don't like 'em much.

I'll admit that sitting outside on a warm July evening and watching a big fireworks display can be pretty nice. Once or twice. But after a while they all look pretty much the same, and you can ooh and aah only so many times before it starts to get old. Still, I don't have a problem with the big fireworks shows, they just don't appeal to me. But...

I live in the city. Many of those I share this territory with gleefully pump hundreds of dollars into the Chinese economy by shooting off fireworks for hours and hours in the general vicinity of July 4th. This I'm not fond of. So far this year it's been fairly quiet, but I expect that the informal "celebration" outside will continue until about 4 a.m.

At about 11 pm I stood on my front porch, a strong smell of gunpowder in the air, and recorded the festivities. Click below to hear what's been going on for several hours now.

My gift to you: enjoy fireworks over Cleveland ( or Pittsburgh or Washington or Chicago or the Pyramids) by going to It won't annoy grouchy neighbors like me, and you'll save money to buy more made-in-China crap.

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Documentary photography

My friend Piet, who's been a documentary photographer for many years, demonstrates the work of a true professional by capturing the essence of my week at Kelleys Island in this photo:

Tough work, but someone had to do it.

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