How was your week, my friends?
I can say it wasn’t such a good week for the birds around here. Tuesday was Israel’s Independence Day, which meant fireworks in the evening. And not just once, but the seven or so kibbutzim in the nearby vicinity each had their own ceremony and fireworks. Even before our kibbutz’s ceremony began we heard the first set of fireworks somewhere in the distance (not even in the nearby vicinity noted earlier), which began the bouts of fireworks shooting up from various directions, in various times throughout the night, always followed by a series of bird cries.
I wish I could say I enjoyed the fireworks (and had some photos to share with you) but the truth is I wasn’t feeling so good and decided to walk back home mid-ceremony. Only about 5 minutes later (and after well settled in my bed) I heard another set of fireworks that sounded the closest yet, which I later found out was our kibbutz’s. Go figure. I had just missed it.
While fireworks were on our minds, Yuval remembered a video he saw a year or so ago about a major fireworks event somewhere where ALL of the fireworks were mistakenly shot up ALL AT ONCE in about 15 seconds! I laughed good and long at this story… and kept on laughing later on every time I thought about it. In Yuval’s memory the video was about 5 minutes long, in which the first 15 seconds is the fireworks exploding all at once, and the rest is the spectators confused or complaining.
I know the appropriate thing to do here is to post the actual video (since Yuval no longer had the link, I just googled “fireworks 15 sec” and found a few) but I’m telling you, the story itself was so funny that when I saw the actual video I was a bit disappointed! So I’m giving you the option to just imagine the story. But if you see the video… well, I warned you.
If this kind of thing were to happen in one of the major summer fireworks festivals in Japan, I don’t think people would be able to handle the disappointment. Those are whole day events, going early to secure spots, trying to avoid going to the bathroom (because of the never ending lines), receiving and making a bunch of phone calls to try and find your friends… all in the midst of mid-summer, humid, Tokyo heat.
Whenever there is a holiday mid-week the rest kind of drags by for me. By now I can’t believe Independence Day was during this same week, it somehow feels very long ago.
I hope you have a nice weekend, my friends.