Friday, January 27, 2006

Genius zoning


We came across this intelligent bit of urban planning on our way home from vacation this year. Thoughts of giant fireballs made even more giant by the reservoirs of gasoline a mere basketball toss away from quite literally many tons of consumer-grade explosives raced through my head.

Your turn: What's the deal with America's obsession with fireworks? I know it's embedded in the national anthem, and I mean no disrespect. But come on, building on top of a gas station? Am I the only one who believes this to be the height of stupidity?

28 comments:

kenju said...

Carmi, you are 100% right, of course. I am NO fan of fireworks; they are too dangerous in non-professional hands.

Putting a fireworks store so close to a gas station is pure suicide. How could the city planners have allowed that to happen is beyond me!

Michele sent me back!

Plumkrazzee said...

That is CRAZY! Send that into Jay Leno, I bet he'll run it....geez, people are intelligent, aren't they? I am not so fond of them, as I was lit on fire by a roman candle in my youth, I nearly turned into the human sparkler.

Joe said...

Americans like fireworks...but we generally try not to build them next to gas stations! I have never before seen a firework stand right next to a gas station before. YIKES!!!

Here via Michele and going to add a link to your blog on my blog.

surcie said...

I have so many memories of stopping at Stuckeys' during family road trips.

I don't know what it is about the fireworks, actually. I hope someone has a good explanation for you.

kontan said...

no carmi, that is right at the pinnacle!

not a clue on the fascination with fireworks. i enjoy a good show and spend each year in st. louis on the 4th. never been into blowing things up on my own though.

from micheles today.

Canadian Dude said...

Hey.. are we neighbours?

Here fom Michele's blog.

What a small world.

Canadian Dude said...

I'm came...How about this...I grew up east Adelaide, went to Beal and Fanshawe, drank at the Ceeps, shopped at Novaks, but now a lakeside resident.

Last Girl On Earth said...

Hey Carmi! OK, I confess I LOVE a good fireworks show. Call me sentimental, but it always reminds me of the intro to LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE! Remember that old TV show? BUTTTTT, I think small scale at-home shows are just plain dumb! (Except for sprinklers, which are pretty fun in a goofy, harmless, retro kind of way.) I just like the big, over-the-top shows that go on and on and everyone ooohs and aahhhhs!

Anyhow, Michele made me say that. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Sexy Soccamom said...

I think it's a lot like taking a walk on the wild side.

Hi this evening via Michele's.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Carmi, my very dear...
I am going to address what you said in a comment on my post tonight...Hope that's okay...
I agree with you and so does Stephen Colbert!!! THAT's the point.
"Truthiness" is NOT the truth...it's "some version of the truth"....and as Nancy Meyers wrote in her movie that I quoted, 'There Truth Has No Versions...'
The word "truthiness" is as fake as James Frey's lies that he wrote in his book. And that is the brilliance of Stephen Colbert's writers and Stephen Colbert, himself. Perhaps I wasn't clear...(I can't believe that! (lol))....This word...a totally made up word...describes how far we have digresssed from "the Truth"..
Hope this is clear, my very dear dear Carmi...

I LOVE that you have such deep integrity....It's what I could see from the first time I ever read your blog, and from all the comments I've ever read of yours.

About Fireworks...They have always scared me. I like seeing them under very controled conditions, but other than that...There needs to be stronger laws about thse extremely dangerous things.

margalit said...

It isn't just America, although it might seem that way to you. Plenty of other countries are fireworks crazy. The thing is, Americans have huge fireworks factories here, and we have ridiculously lax laws about them in some, but not all, states. In my state they're illegal, but you wouldn't believe how many morons cross the state line into New Hampster to buy them during July 4th.

Via Michele, again.

Tabor said...

That is so scary. I hope that no residential area is nearby. I lived just one house aways behind two gas stations last year...it made me nervous.

Plain Jane said...

That really does portray the ultimate stupidity of people, doesn't it?

[I like fireworks though... hope that doesn't make me a bad person. :) ]

Karen said...

Jeez, I wish I knew the answer to that question. Here in Wisconsin, you can't drive 5 miles on the highway without seeing a giant fireworks store. I like fireworks, but I wouldn't buy any for the life of me, and I know very few people who do. For me, it's hearing the stories every year of people blowing their hands off in stupid accidents. No thanks!

Hilarious photo, Carmi! Well done!

Beanhead said...

Gotta agree that is pretty stupid. Hey is that picture taken In TN? I think I have been to that palce before...;)

almost forgot here via Michele's today.

ribbiticus said...

whoa! gives a new meaning to the phrase "playing with fire", huh? which idiot gave the go-ahead for this marvelous example of zoning?

in relation to this, in our country, the other thing i'm riled up about is how fireworks manufacturers are allowed to have children working in their factories. we hear so many accounts time and again of children getting "accidentally" injured, maimed, or even worse, killed, while working with gunpowder or just being "unfortunately" around when the place exploded...

Karen said...

Heh... yeah, makes about as much sense as selling beer and other liquor at gas stations as well. Let's pop a top on the way home! NOT.

Visiting from Michele's today.

Carmi said...

BEANHEAD: You've got a great eye! It was taken in Jellico, TN, just off the I-75. We stopped there last year, too, so when the kids announced they needed to go (ah, kids and their small bladders) and this sign came up, I remembered last year's stop, and smiled.

Marie said...

This is no doubt in the south?? (south of the Mason-Dixon line) I never got it either... I guess I'm just a Yankee at heart!

I do like a safe & professionally done fireworks show though!

here from Michele's...

bschneider5 said...

Kind of reminds me of a bad fart. Dont light a match!

WendyWings said...

That is just crazy. I wonder if it is even legal.
Michele sent me back :)

Plumkrazzee said...

Driving through Wyoming (firework capital of the U.S. I'm sure) I stopped at one little firecracker stand, and met a man named "elmo". I kid you not. He proceeded to show me where he had lost 2 fingers while practicing his pyromaniac tendencies. Lovely.

Jeff said...

I have seen this set up once before somewhere down south and I think its worth the a good laugh and nostalgic image of out culture.

Personally I loved fireworks as a kid and cant imagine any kid today who wouldn't agree. There loud, dangerous and the neighbors hate them. In a deviant mind of a child that makes up for a years worth of torment and misbehaving possible in one big bang.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Michele sent me back. I like to watch professional fireworks displays...its a pretty lights and things that go "boom" kinda thing for me.

Chele In {dot} LA said...

great image.......
I really love this.. very funny.

Electric Short said...

I think the obsession is selling the fireworks, you can make a lot of money on them......

Shane said...

must have been Arkansas. Maybe Bill Clinton's brother runs it.
~michele sent me because i might be a redneck

Rachel - Wicked Ink said...

You are right - it is stupid. And for so many to allow it to happen, the business, the city... perhaps someone will point it out to them and (wow - couldn't even get that far without laughing). They don't care.