I'm cheating on this pix--it didn't come from the neighborhood. I tried to get a picture of our local fireworks, but the neighbor's trees have grown too tall. When we first bought here, the trees were tiny versions of themselves. At holiday time we would pull our lawn chairs to the sidewalk and watch the fireworks from the comfort of our front yard.
Lately we have had to stand to watch, and this year even that didn't work very well. I could only see the top third of the fireworks over the tree canopy. Plus someone added a streetlight that is strategically placed to block the best ones.
So this picture actually came from Second Life. My very good friend Grey Lupindo took it there and sent it to me. They know how to do fireworks in the metaverse!
Even though the firework watching didn't work out, I was able to meet my neighbor on the sidewalk and catch up. This time of year in the desert is like the winter in the East. Everyone tends to do inside activities except in the very early morning and after it cools in the evening. She had been out for an evening walk as I was standing on the sidewalk staring at the sky. It was good to chat and catch up.
We had a very nice Holiday weekend. There's a new Japanese restaurant, Hayashi, that we checked out with our other friends. Very different from our usual Mexican or Bar-B-Que picks. I had some excellent shrimp. We'll go there again when we get a chance.
I listened to a reading of the Declaration of Independence for my official holiday celebration. If you haven't looked at it or the Constitution for a while, take a peek. So often the country seems to be cracking under the weight of the politics. It's good to remember the foundation.