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07/05/2006 Archived Entry: "Outlaw encouragement on Independence Day"

LAST NIGHT I STOOD ON MY DECK AND WATCHED fireworks blooming all over the valley below. Our town doesn't have an "official" Independence Day display. But last night and Monday, dozens -- maybe hundreds -- of locals put on an impromptu show. Some booms were nearly as impressive as "real" Fourth of July events. These weren't the whimpy sparklers and kiddieworks sold locally, but the hot stuff brought illegally from the res.

I haven't celebrated this occasion in a few years. Seems there's not that much left to cheer. But this felt good. Miles and miles of "the [bottle] rockets' red glare" -- every blast set off by a mini Freedom Outlaw.

Posted by Claire @ 12:56 PM CST

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