We all know that fireworks and the 4th of July weekend go hand in hand, which normally means a lot of us spend half the weekend trying to blow off our hand/arm/leg/fingers with the biggest explosive we could possible find outside the Illinois state border.
And don't get me wrong, I'm all for celebrating our independence by getting the family/loved ones together and eating/drinking ourselves silly and blowing off some fireworks.
But where I question is...how late is it kosher to blow these "WMD's" off without being rude to the neighbors?
Recently I moved into my first house with my lovely fiance and have had nothing but amazing experiences with our new neighbors. They've let us borrow tools, given us beer, shared their experiences of their first house, and been overall a "huge bucket of win" for first time homeowners that were afraid to have the "horror story" neighbors.
It's not like we have kids or have to wake up at 3am for work (like my next door neighbor does), but at midnight last night, it still sounded like the Navy Pier fireworks show was going off in my backyard.
I thought it was kinda funny when I read a fellow ChicagoNow blogger Isa-Lee "Writing in the Wind" Wolf's latest post about the same issue last night...seems that I wasn't the only one asking themselves about "how late is too late?" At least it was midnight and not 3am.
Now I'm sure everyone reading this is calling me "an old fart" or "lame", but isn't there a common courtesy when it comes to making loud noises in a quiet suburb when most people have to go back to work the next day?
I didn't say anything and luckily I was able to pass out on the couch watching the 2011 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating contest from yesterday, which by-the-way is the greatest "non-sports" sporting event ever, where Joey Chestnut (my eating idol) won his fifth straight competition by eating 62 dogs in ten minutes.
So how late is too late? And who's to say "what is" and "what isn't"?