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July 2, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Hole in one or tú.

Bear standing on plane. 1950 Young Smokey with his buddy Ranger Ray Bell. (USPD/Nat. Ag. Lib./

Bear with me a minute. It will all make sense shortly. You believe that, right?(1950 Young Smokey THE Bear with his buddy Ranger Ray Bell/USPD/Nat. Ag. Lib./

Should you worry about getting a hole in one? Depends on the enthusiasm – and neighbors’ traditions.

Even if there’s fireworks shortage, there are expectations for the Fourth of July.

No way to even think of not having bang-bang, pop-pop sparkles.. 

Wait wait! An alternative? I don’t know…

  • Has to be loud and make you jump.
  • Has to be illegal like fireworks in the neighborhoods.
  • Has to be dangerous. 

Yep. Bullets shot into the air seems to fit.

What? Oh, be culturally accepting.

Simply a common celebratory practice in many places the Middle East, Mexico, Central America, or Chicago. (Oh, wait that’s last one’s not…oh, well…moving on.)

Local Authorities are hoping for rain as they repeat over and over, “Please do not celebrate by shooting guns into the air. What goes up must come down somewhere.”

In previous years we have lost children, fathers of children, people at barbecues.

bullet hole in plane. (bullet hole in airplane. closeup ,(screenshot image: stevero1kinevo/YouTube)

No. Not a whale blow hole. (screenshot image: stevero1kinevo/YouTube)

Just to get the hole picture, here’s a concrete, oh, wait, that’s too heavy a material, here’s an sample of possible damage: a dead plane.

Luckily the pilot while doing his preflight check noticed something odd on the roof…and his trip went down the drain…which is better than the plane going down ‘cause the cabin could not hold pressure…and the bullet entered right above where the pilot was normally sitting…

So if you ever wondered what wold happen if a plane got shot like in the movies, here’s your answer.


Now if that’s not enough firework surprises for you, how about the dog frightened by early fireworks who fled, only to realize there’s no place like home…so home she ran home (after cavorting a bit and rolling in poop or something…) and rang her door bell. with her nose and stared right into the Ring camera. (Video, FB entry, and story here)

Rajah, a rescue pup, hadn’t lived there long, but she’s knows a good thing when she lives it. Owners said she did look quite remorseful like she was worried she was in trouble, but, like them it’s hard to stop laughing.

May smiles and laughter fill your whole weekend, too.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Wing walker on 1940's plane. (US Navy image by McLain/USPD/

“Look! They are just starting the city fireworks display. I think this is the best seat in the whole house!”USPD/



  1. Anne Mehrling / Jul 2 2021 5:16 pm

    What a story! I had no idea a bullet falling through the air could do such damage. It makes me glad I’ve never shot a gun and never intend to.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2021 1:31 pm

      Lack of information/knowledge/experience is dangerous for many things. Tools each have a purpose. Important to select the best one for the job HAHA.
      One of the best July 4ths I remember was the one when we lived in Williamsburg- and they shot off real cannons – over the river. Talk about loud! Great place. History was very alive ( and fun…nothing like the hot gingerbread men there at Christmas hot out of the old fashion kitchen…and the bread. Even the smells while you waited for it to come out were wonderful.)
      Hope your July 4th weekend was wonderful this year, too


      • Anne Mehrling / Jul 9 2021 5:11 pm

        Williamsburg is a place we really enjoyed visiting.

        We had a wonderful 4th. All the neighbors met on the street for a cookout on Sunday afternoon. It was wonderful to be together again.

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  2. sustainabilitea / Jul 2 2021 6:40 pm

    I read about the dog going home. Our NextDoor app is now full of people asking for not so many fireworks because their dogs are terrified and those who want fireworks, etc. Started hearing some last night but it will only get worse as the weekend arrives. Our one rescue dog was terrified of firecrackers but thankfully where we lived in Ohio, it was mostly one day. Here it’s much longer. Happy Fourth!



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2021 1:22 pm

      I have one neighbor who seems to be more scared than her dogs of fireworks and their loud noises. She called the cops on a neighbor down the block who shot some off a day or two early.( cops didn’t come). She wanted everyone to check their door cams to try and see who was shooting them off…so of course you know what multiple neighbors did on July 4th. Luckily it rained most of the day so little chance of fire – and everyone got through it.
      It does seem weird that people now shoot fireworks off for multiple days. They aren’t cheap this year. Maybe covid has people just bored to death and wanting a little magic for a change. Hope your holiday weekend was lovely! Thanks for adding a sparkling comment


  3. Pied Type / Jul 2 2021 7:56 pm

    NextDoor here is also full of pleas to stop all the illegal fireworks in the neighborhoods. It won’t make a bit of difference. Amazes me that in a state where it seems everyone owns at least one dog, the fireworks continue unabated. And no sparklers for these guys. You can hear the rockets going up. You can feel the concussion from some of their heavy duty stuff. I have a sedative Rx for my dog. The amusing instructions say to administer 2 hours before thunderstorms or fireworks. Guess the vet has a crystal ball.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2021 1:16 pm

      I used to spend every 4th of July and New Years cradling The German in the windowless tiny bathroom. IF she had been able to crawl in the bathtub with a mattress over her head, I think she would have done it.
      Dog know when things are totally illogical and to be avoided.
      Sad the simple sparklers have lose their place. There was something nice about moving around with a star instead of just craning neck skyward passively. Once we spent the 4th in a tiny small town where they featured a very old fashion firework display (due to fire hazard dry weather). All the fireworks were on tall stakes in the ground – whirling stars, loud whistling “rockets” going in a circle, lovely rainbows arching from one stake to another – nothing went in the air. We sat on a hill and looked down on it all. Quite wonderful. That’s probably the one display I remember the best. And their tiny old fashion parade with kids on bike and high school bands was a cool, too. Simple. and good
      Thanks for lighting up aa comment to leave here


  4. shoreacres / Jul 3 2021 6:43 am

    Wait! I know! We could nab all the armed robbers, etc. etc., on charges on cultural appropriation. The way things are going, they might not get out on personal recognizance bonds!

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  5. Spinster / Jul 3 2021 10:05 pm

    Good play on palabras. 😉 In my hometown, guns = firecrackers unfortunately. Glad to be out of there. :-/

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2021 1:07 pm

      A place for everything and everything in its’ place: works for species and fireworks (which have morphed terribly from the once or twice a year sparklers to massive very long events…somehow much of the specialness has been lost.) Hope your holiday week was a bright and not too loudly crazy

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  6. disperser / Jul 3 2021 10:42 pm

    They are setting off very loud stuff here . . . or shooting cannons. I dread finding out what they will be doing tomorrow. Hopefully, no guns . . . but, as I live inTrumpistan, I’m sure guns will be shot at the sky by people unclear on that whole gravity thing.

    And, that’s one smart dog.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2021 1:04 pm

      And some just have to do it in concert (next year maybe they should insist medical staff by present)
      Trumpistan – HaHa So that’s where the Bubbas live there? There’s an area north of the city we call little Appalachia. Actually here with so many independent non-party affiliated voters, it seems the Trump supporters are the ones with flags on their yards ( during the day…and not at night or in rain according to proper flag protocol) and singing the national anthem…most of those keep their guns quiet to save bullets and obey the laws while paying their bills on time and leaving people alone ….oh, maybe they run stop signs from time to time HaHa.
      The ones the cops worry about is the new arrivals celebrating like birthdays, New Years, and holidays with gun fire like “back home”. It takes a while to assimilate- people try to be delicate about curtailing old traditions…”there you had a lot more space between people, here it’s much more densely crowded and those bullets can come down and hurt people”. Public service announcements on tv/news before holidays. Survivors of a few such tragedies have helped.
      Then there’s always the drunks and cantinas….and those who have never felt pain – like teenagers with money to spare. Not much helps those.
      Regional difference are such a hoot.
      Hope you had a bang up time over the holiday weekend

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  7. cat9984 / Jul 4 2021 4:38 am

    I live in southeastern Michigan. Idiots around here always fire off guns on the 4th too. Fireworks aren’t illegal, so I’m not sure what the appeal is.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2021 12:49 pm

      Maybe they just didn’t see “fireworks” on the bottom of their holiday shopping list? Maybe this year’s scarcity and high prices made them resort to “use what is lying around the house”? Beats me – if there’s not pretty colors resulting in the sky, why bother with the pop-pop? HAHA
      Thanks for light up this comment section

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