Welcome back for a new comparison on 2 fun events.
Sex and Fireworks
Over the summer I had the opportunity to help set up and set off show grade fireworks with a friend. I don’t mean the sparkler grade fireworks you buy at the store, but the ones you can’t buy and can only see if there is a celebration somewhere.
Hopefully after this you will have a better respect for what those “shooters” have to do just for you to see that beautiful display of dancing lights and BOOMS. First you get up at about 5-5:30 am, drive to a warehouse and pick up a box truck. Then you go to the loading dock, and load up the padded boxes of firework shells and boxes of what’s called “cakes” (smaller fireworks that are linked together in a pre-assembled box with one fuse). After those are all loaded and secured as to not move, you go over to the other side of the yard and load up all the tubes and “racks” (those are the tube that the shells go into and are shot out of), and when you have all that set it’s time to figure out where you’re going. By now its about 7 am and it’s time to get this party started!
^^^ PREPARATION = THE FIRST FEW DATES ^^^
Just like in dating, once you have PERMISSION TO PROCEED the setting up begins. You unload the truck and put together the racks using strapping to bind the tube making sure there going in the right direction. One false move and it’s all over–nothing shoots right, there’s no show and DEFINITELY no finale. Now that the tubes are tight it’s time to prep the shells.
Each shell must be placed just right or the show will NOT be pretty. You delicately place each shell in it’s right spot, caring for it as if it could kill you. You wire in the fuse in snug, assuring good contact. Now you are ready to shoot your load. Mind you, this has taken all day and it is now about 8 pm and starting to get dark just as all the shells are set.
After 14 hours of baking in the sun, assembling something to make it beautiful for about 20 minutes of fun leading up to one grand finale, just to be left with a great big mess that needs to be cleaned up. And if all went well, you’ll be asked to come back and do it again.
So the moral to the story is: 14 hours of set up, 20 minutes of oohhh and aahhh, one grand finale and then home to sleep.
See ya’ll later.