Thursday, 15 June 2006

What are you doing this July 4th? Well, if you're in the area (meaning the Pacific Northwest) and have a little "crazy" built up inside, here's your invitation to join me and a few of my pyro-friends as we spend the day setting up a big-ol' public fireworks display and firing it off for a community here in northwestern Oregon.

And I don't mean the fireworks you buy at the store or over on the reservation. I mean the real-meal-deal -- a commercial fireworks show bought and paid for by a town for the community.

Come on -- You know that hidden pyro deep down inside is clawing around in there, just trying to get out. You know you can't help it. You must give in. Say yes and experience the smoke, explosions and flames that go into getting those huge aerial displays off the ground and into the air. Or just help dig and bury equipment and then sit back and watch from the best seat in the house. Your choice.

In other words, come spend the 4th of July this year with us. It will be fun.

So - What exactly do you get/have to do?

Well first of all, you don't have to do anything you don't want to. Many people who come to help out are much more interested in setting up and watching the show than actually lighting it off, which is fine. Crew-members (yes, you'll get to truthfully tell people you're on the Pyro crew woohoo!) do everything: Install the mortars (4- and 5-inch mortar tubes for this show), load all the shells (hundreds of them), get trained on how this stuff works and - most importantly - how to be safe (training by yours truly), and finally we actually light the show and man the fire extinguishers - or whatever you are comfortable with. Then we clean it up and head out. By that time, it's been a long, fun day.

On the day of the show, after setup (read: manual labor involving shovels and dirt) is completed, we'll do some knowledge and safety training where you'll get to learn how the components work when you light them, and generally what to expect. It's fun. And fact is, not a lot of people get to do this kind of thing. So, this is my open invitation to the people who read this. Assuming you're 18 or older and you've not been convicted of a felony or are otherwise restricted from handling explosives (seriously, that's a hard-set rule from the feds and there's this piece of paper you'll sign saying you're cool), and assuming you don't show up drunk or anything (again, safety), it's a great time.

So, yeah... If you can talk the significant other into it (or bring him or her with ya), and you're up for it and not like completely freaked out by fire, explosions and lots of noise and smoke, let me know by sending me an email or giving me a call. Both the email link and the phone number are over there on the right side of the page (assuming you're viewing this on the web site).

Links from past shows to get you acclimated and prepared:

So, if Travis' account of things doesn't completely scare you away, be sure to get in touch!

Coolio. See ya there.

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I wanna be on your crew! Anni does too... << She made me add that.
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