The Daily EO: August 4th, 2013

Emile called while he was walking home from work – about 5:30 pm – to say he was heading to the beach nearly 4 kms away. He wanted to secure a spot perfect for viewing the fireworks at English Bay. It seemed early to me – 4 hours before it started – but Emile is like that. Once he does something, he does something. So, by the time I got home from work, he was gone. He texted to tell me of food trucks and beach volleyball, but I took a more leisurely pace and arrived only 1 hour ahead of show time.

Emile had staked out a spot leaning against a log – a coveted spot but usually more so when it is facing the fireworks barge. In this case, we were facing the opposite direction with a big log in the way when we turned to watch the fireworks. But it was ideal while we watched the crowds gather and the brave play amateur volleyball in front of a larger and larger crowd.

I bought myself a bowl of macaroni and cheese with broccoli and crispy onions and munched away waiting for the sun to drop. And watched the crowd from our beach front log.

My view:

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And what do you know? – You could see from over that log for a fantastic show from the Canadian entry.

August 4th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary: Fireworks that go up, then down. The up again!

The Daily EO: October 30th, 2012

There is someone across the water who explodes a red firework every now and then.  Just one.  Just enough for me or Emile to say “Hey, did you see that?” and then the other doesn’t see anything.

It’s always red and it always seems to be just left of the big sulphur pile.   And just one.

On Saturday night, on the rooftop of one of the heritage lofts in Gastown, someone let off a whole number of fireworks.  While it was an amateur show, it was impressive.

October 31st, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Fireworks look different when you have to look down to see them.