Yes! Especially this year, I want Americans to really celebrate the 4th of July. Yes again! I want us all to raise a joyful and raucous noise unto the Heavens. But maybe remember that some of us don’t “respond well” to those fireworks throughout the night, and we really don’t respond well to those firearm discharges randomly interspersed with them.
Yeah, I know. It’s 2020 and our communities have broken down to the point where most of us don’t know enough about our neighbors to know whether one or more of them might be veterans with PTSD. Still, think about it.
And yes, I’ll likely be spending tonight in a separate bedroom from my wives with my two dogs, one of which has PTSD worse than mine. We’ve got our gear together – weighted blankets, her thunder shirt, and my noise-canceling headphones – and our other dog is a damn fine comfort.
In America it seems that no Spring or Summer holiday is quite complete without some fool killing himself through his own drunken stupidity. This just past Independence Day the requisite fool was Maine’s Devon Staples, who killed himself instantly when he tried to launch a firework mortar tube from the top of his head.
Yep! Sometimes, as in this case, the gene pool is self-cleaning.
And I just know that Staples gleefully shouted out something akin to, “Hey guys! Watch this!” right before triggering his pyrotechnic demise. 😆
For the Blue Bellies out there reading this, as a Southern man I can tell you that any variant of the call, “Hey guys! Watch this!” will trigger an instant and visceral reaction of Duck and Cover among those of us who would like to continue living. OK, OK! These days it probably triggers an instant and visceral reaction of Duck, Cover, and Get Out The Camera Phone, but you get what I mean.
But hey! Devon Staples, a dog walker and former Disney theme park cast member, has likely secured himself a lasting place in history…as a 2015 recipient of the Darwin Award.