Darren Barefoot
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July 30, 2003

Right now I'm listening to the final moments of the first evening of Benson & Hedges Symphony of Fire. This runs for four evenings over the next week and a half, and brings much of downtown Vancouver to a standstill.

Ever since 1984, I've never had much use for fireworks. I specifically remember being ten years old and watching the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in LA. They offered something like 27 minutes of continuous fireworks. I was underwhelmed, and have been ever since.

I know I sound like a curmudgeon, but I just don't see the point of this event. It's not bringing tourists to the city. It's not particularly benefitting the local businesses (regardless, they're business that don't need much help). It's certainly not earning the city international prestige. How many times have you said 'man, I really envy that Milan and its kick-ass fireworks'? Mostly it seems like a big tax write-off for a tobacco company.

The title of this entry is from a great Aimee Mann song entitled 4th of July:

Today's the fourth of July
another June has gone by
and when they light up our town I just think
what a waste of gunpowder and sky


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