The forecast for O‘ahu, 31 December 2008:
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and chance of thunderstorms. Areas of smoke in the late evening and early morning.
Last year at this time, Quilly and I marveled at how the good citizens of the 50th state celebrate New Year’s Eve, not with a ball, but with a BOOOOM!
Little did we know that there would be so much flash powder going off that the smoke would show up on satellite images.
Not to mention our neighborhood. Where the sheer abundance of skyrockets and candles should make for a gorgeous display. Except that we can’t see them through the smoke. And we can’t hear them for all the car alarms that they’re setting off.
Well, that’s not entirely true. The ones that nearly knocked out the window glass we
heard felt just fine.
Let’s face it. Tonight’s not a good night to be in Hawai‘i with asthma.
Or post-traumatic stress disorder.
I understand that the U. S. Army is chronically short of recruits. Makes me wonder how well all these New Year’s pyromaniacs (or the July 4th ones, for that matter) would do with a rifle, a twenty-pound pack, and a drill sergeant.
Happy New Year to all of you anyway. May you breathe easier in 2009.
– O Ceallaigh
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All opinions expressed are mine, as a private citizen.