As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, I’m not going to preach about the dangers of fireworks. After all, I am sure you all have heard horror stories where people lean over a rocket they are lighting and it goes off into their face, or the ones where people want to throw a firecracker, only it goes off in their hands.
Less dangerous was the story of my cousin Steve. Steve liked to fish. There is a particular fish in Lake Erie that is fun to catch, but not the best to eat. It’s knows as a sheepshead. Back in the 1960’s,Steve used to take an M-80 ( a sort of recreational explosive) and put it into the fish’s throat and light it. The M-80 has a waterproof fuse. The fish would swim to the depths, and in a few seconds little bits of fish would be floating around. Sometimes this led to other, more desirable fish coming around to feed on the pieces.
So, my uncle Bob has us out on his nice, new fishing boat, and cousin Steve catches a sheepshead, rigs it up and of course, it swims directly downward as they always do. Around the second or third fish however, the unexpected happens. The fish chooses not to swim, but instead sort of flops around on the top of the water, right next to the boat. Needless to say, though the fallout was not radioactive, neither was it pleasant. So I learned to leave the fireworks to the professionals, who are trained to be prepared for the unexpected.
I hope your holiday is a safe one!
Thanks, and let’s be careful out there.