… started at 11:00 a.m. I keep thinking the holiday is the 4th of July. That’s totally understandable given the smoke and sulfur hanging over the valley.
The other night one of Amoeba’s colleagues hosted a farewell party for us. At the party the talk turned to New Years Eve fireworks. The tradition of exploding firecrackers at midnight came from the Chinese. They did so to ward off evil spirits and keep them from following into the New Year.
About a half hour ago (12 hours into the exploding ordnance) I said to Amoeba, “I should think by now that any evil spirits residing in our neighborhood would be long gone.”
Amoeba replied. “No. It’s the other way ’round.”
I contemplated what had been said at the party and tried to reconcile it with Amoeba’s answer. I couldn’t, so being the intellectual that I am, I said, “Huh?”
Amoeba explained, “It’s obviously to chase off good spirits. Mine fled quite some time ago.”