I am finally home after an amazing summer of working fireworks at the Castle of Muskogee. It’s amazing how much I love that job, considering that when I was a kid, I HATED fireworks. Other than snakes and sparklers, I was not your gal. I loved watching the town’s fireworks shows and all, but as far as setting them off myself….no thanks. I’m still that way to a degree. I could care less about setting them off, but watching them, learning about them and selling them….that’s a whole different ball of wax.
Last year, we started setting off fireworks at the twins birthday and the band Halloween parties, and it has become something that I think will be a lasting tradition. So, this year I picked up some very cool, and one very appropriately named firework. Pyrobot: Probably my favorite! This one is just off the hook! Drive You Crazy: big bang in a little package. When I got to see this at the preview party I was very impressed. Zombie Syndrome: I CAN’T wait to see this one. The bad boy of the preview party was Zeus. Talk about one that we couldn’t keep on the shelf. Sold out way before the 4th. Very loud, very impressive…one I’ll have to pick up for next year’s Halloween party.
This year’s fireworks party was A-MA-ZING!!!!! I almost got taken out by a bucket and got grazed in the neck by something out of the pile, had firework debris raining down on me….yeah, it was killer time! Now, for those unfamiliar, that big pile of boxes is not just boxes. It contains all of the fireworks that were broken or not fit to sell from over the course of the run. Now, picture in your head that these are just piled up and lit. To borrow a quote from the Brothers Dimm “they will fly up, they will fly out, they will fly after you”. Not only was there “the pile” we (and I say this collectively, I didn’t set any off) set off several heavy weight and multi-action fireworks as well. I can’t tell you which one was which, but there are some amazing fireworks that we sell.
Over the course of the next year, I will be doing a TON of research about the different products available so that next year I will really be on top of the game.
Now that the fireworks are done, it’s time to move back to band (after I take this week off from everything) We have an upcoming booster meeting and it’s time to get ready for band camp. It’s going to be an amazing band season, I have no doubt. This year’s theme is “Super Heroes” and I know that it’s going to be super awesome! Band students and parents who read this: SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN!!! I will be picking up about 3 bottles just in case, but PLEASE be sure to send some with your student. WATER AND GATOR/POWERADE ONLY!! With the way the weather has been, hydration is the MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE! We do not want any student (or staff) ending up with heat exhaustion, heat stroke, dehydration or sunburn!
So yeah, my summer was rockin. Fireworks is over, *sad face* (well, my feet are smiling), school is just around the corner, and time to move on to life’s next chapter!