Crescent City Sucks

even on a good day...

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Independence Day Blues

The Fourth of July. It used to mean something to me. A parade, firemen’s games, junk-food concession stands, logging contests, a swim meet, afternoon concerts and evening jam sessions, fireworks big and small, crowds of unfamiliar people mingled with crowds of those known since childhood, endless stretches of beach seen at night lit by points of bonfires, clouds of smoke backlit by kaleidoscopes of color. A night that made me a believer in love at first sight. My little sister getting married at the Battery Point Lighthouse. The night I got poison oak over every inch of my body after wrestling with a madman at Whaler’s Island. The day you see those people you see only on the fourth, for the rest of your life. When Nigel, Daisy and I blew the crowd away at Beachfront park. The same when I played with Slimliquor at the same place, years later.
What does it mean to me now? Nothing. Another day of work at the liquor store. Happy birthday, America.

6 Comments:

At 7/04/2005 03:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez ...

Too bad about having to work, but after reading all the good things you're gonna miss I wish my town could suck like yours does.

 
At 7/05/2005 02:14:00 AM, Blogger michael said...

CC's 4th of July thing is better than most, I guess. The fireworks show has definately gotten better. They stopped the logger exhibitions a long time ago. The list isn't things I miss, but rather things I remembered or associated with the Fourth in CC off the top of my head. If you want Crescent City, you can have it.

 
At 7/05/2005 11:17:00 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

this too shall pass.

 
At 7/06/2005 10:38:00 AM, Blogger theblackrainbow said...

Your restraint not to ditch work is praise worthy. How much alcohol and porn did you sell that day?

 
At 7/08/2005 06:43:00 AM, Blogger michael said...

no porn. mucho hooch.

 
At 7/09/2005 12:33:00 AM, Blogger theblackrainbow said...

i have an idea for a shirt about porn but want to keep it on the downlow. Are you ever gonna play the drums again

 

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