Thought of the Day: 7/4/2014 – Recording the Boom

Independence day Fireworks over the Navasink R...

It’s just not the same, is it? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A public service announcement from Feit Can Write:

When you’re out watching fireworks tonight, resist the urge to record them with your phone.  Seriously, don’t.

  • The resulting video almost always sucks, and never approaches the awesomeness of being there live.  Never.
  • Unless redneck Uncle Wayne is lighting them off, the odds of capturing a viral moment are lottery-esque.
  • You’re never going to watch that video again.  Seriously, how many times have you watched that video from Independence Day 2011?

Instead, put your phone/camera down.  Enjoy the night air.  Breathe in the childhood memories triggered by fireworks smoke.  Think of the men and women who have served and sacrificed for your freedom.  Appreciate the irony of celebrating the quintessential American holiday with fireworks from China.  Or just get lost in the sensory delight of bright colors, loud noises, and James Brown’s “Living in America”.

What I’m saying is live in the moment.  You’ll enjoy life a lot more if you do.

And if you really, really need to see a video you can find several thousand on YouTube tomorrow morning.

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