New TV and a Rainy 4th

The new TV is totally awesome….  I’ve been totally binging out watching movies in HD…  Star Wars, Batman, Superman Returns, it’s been a real nerdapalooza..  I’m 9/12ths through the Star Wars series, having to stop halfway through Empire the other day out of exhaustion…  I’m sure the novelty will wear off at some point, but right now I’m really enjoying it..  Of course, this means being a total couch potato in the summer, but whatever.. =)

Yesterday, to celebrate the 4th,

really wanted to go down to the esplanade and watch the Boston Fireworks Spectacular(tm).  We are usually in Hopatcong for the 4th, but with it falling on a Wednesday and large amounts of my vacation already claimed for other things, it just couldn’t happen this year.  I really, really hate things like this, and I’m fairly ochlophobic, so while I do like a good fireworks display, I’ve never felt a desire to attend the Boston festivities.  But Corinna really wanted to go, and we really will likely only do it every few years when we can’t make it back to Jersey, so I figured what the hell…  I went along with the plan, whining and complaining, of course… :P

We got to the Esplanade around 3:30ish and it was already packed…   We managed to find a spot right down by the river really close to the barge, though…  It was on the river bank, so there were lots of reeds and some rocks, but the reeds were already matted down so we just tossed our blankets on top of them and settled in.  Fireworks weren’t until 10:30pm, so it was going to be a long day…  Unfortunately, that long day was rainy and miserable…  It rained on and off throughout the day, but it rained pretty constantly starting around 8pm and continued until about 10:30pm, when the fireworks started…  We were totally soaked to the bone…

I mean, don’t get me wrong, the fireworks were great…  But having to deal with all the bullshit just to see the fireworks?  I guess I’m just not interested enough in fireworks to invest that much in seeing them…   Maybe if it wasn’t raining it wouldn’t have been such an awful time, but I really didn’t have much fun at all… 

After the fireworks were over, all 500,000 people needed to get home…  We all needed to funnel through a few pinch-points to get out onto Storrow and start walking to the train..  People really backed up at these pinch points, and it was just a sea of people…  I got really freaked out, my heart started racing and at one point I felt like I was going to pass out.  It’s bad enough leaving a club after a show, but that’s only 500-1000 people..  This was a sea of people as far as the eye could see…  We eventually crossed the bridge and made it out onto Storrow, which was a relief….

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