On Fri, 6 Jul 2018 16:39:24 -0700 (PDT), Hen Hanna
> ( if you want to talk about something other than that in the Original Post, pls start a new thread. )
Admonishments like that, in this group, lead to:
As even the non-Americans in this group know, Wednesday was July
4th...our Independence Day celebrating our break-away from the
It is the bane of all dogs and most cats. Our dog, Beaux, has been in
a perpetual state of terror and agitation. It seems that every
neighbor has been shooting off fireworks* and firecrackers. The
popping, banging, and booming started Sunday night, and continued
full-force Monday through Thursday.
Beaux spends most of his time in the foot well under my desk. Beaux
is a 90-pound Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog. Our previous dog, a
Cocker Spaniel, chose to spend the Fourth under our bed. Beaux is too
large to fit under the bed.
Sometimes Beaux goes into the downstairs bathroom because it's also
cave-like in having no windows. It's a small, "half-bath", and a dog
that large presents a problem in the space provided. He is not a
moveable dog, either. I have to either piss over him or around him.
*It is illegal, in Florida, to sell or purchase fireworks unless the
fireworks are sold and purchased for the specific use of a) using them
to illuminate a railroad or b) for agricultural use to frighten birds
away from crops. That's actually the way the law reads. No shit.
Around this time of year there are tents set up by fireworks vendors
all over the place. They rent space in a store parking lot and set up
shop. The tents are usually just under the size (footprint) of a
tennis court and crammed with every conceivable type of exploding and
aerial display product. Some of bigger ones send up showers of light
and noise that can be seen from miles away.
How is it possible for a vendor to openly sell an illegal product, you
ask. John Miketa, such a vendor, was arrested in 1999 and challenged
the law. He had customers sign a form that said they were buying the
fireworks for legal purposes (ie: illuminating a railroad or scaring
birds away from their crops). John's defense was that it is not the
vendor's responsibility to ascertain the veracity of the buyer.
State vs Miketa made it up to the 3rd District Court of Appeal where
John won. All of those tent vendors now use similar forms, and it's
as easy to buy fireworks in Florida as it is to buy a quart of milk.
John's defense doesn't exonerate the illegal *user* of fireworks, but
had I been arrested Wednesday night when I set off some fireworks for
my three year-old grandson's enjoyment, my defense would have been "I
am keeping birds and runaway locomotives away from my orange tree.".
I wasn't going to bring any of this up in this group, Hen, but your
admonishment prompted me to bring up the most off-topic subject I
could think of.
P.S. It also irritates me that you write "pls" instead of "please".
If you are going to post in this group, spell out the goddamn word. It
is less effort to add the "e", the "a", and the second "e" than it is
to construct a post with that silly-ass spacing style you use.
Want to try telling me what I can and can't post, again?
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida