5 July 2017 10:50 pm
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Had a lovely, low-key Fourth with [personal profile] sovay 's hospitable extended family, including her cousins [personal profile] gaudior  and [personal profile] rushthatspeaks , and their little Fox (aged 8 1/2 months) in a Delft* blue-and-white onesie, like an animated chocolate pot.  (They're too tall for a teapot.) [personal profile] spatch , alas, had to work.  [personal profile] choco_frosh  very kindly gave me a lift to the festivities, which he adorned until he had to rush off to ring one of the bells for the 1812 Overture.  I've never asked who does the cannons.

Besides excellent company, there was a lavish repast:  lobster! along with the classic trinity of hamburgers, hot dogs, and potato salad.  There was Virgil's root beer (and other potations).  There was home-made—though not hand-cranked this year**—strawberry ice-cream.  (To every season, churn churn churn...)  [personal profile] spatch  and [personal profile] sovay had made a perfectly cloudlike angel cake with sharp lemon curd and whipped cream.  Sublime!

Fox was having a perfectly amazing afternoon, meeting in swift succession their first spoonful of strawberry ice cream, their first slide whistle and first bongos, their three-year-old cousin's trampoline***, and their first (architectural) step, which they handled triumphantly, clambering both down and up


*Or maybe Royal Copenhagen.

**The replacement crank was still in transit.

***They can just about stand for a second or two without a handhold, before going boom, but they were eager to *J*U*M*P*.

Date: 2017-07-06 11:11 am (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
They can just about stand for a second or two without a handhold, before going boom, but they were eager to *J*U*M*P*.

This is the song my father was singing to Fox about just this phenomenon: "Boom Boom" by Heather Bishop, Canadian lesbian folksinger of my childhood.

Nothing is ever the first time

Date: 2017-07-06 07:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lauradi7dw
Eddie Cantor, 1929. He says and (an'), but the illustration at minute 1 omits it

Date: 2017-07-06 07:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lauradi7dw
This was actually my immediate fall down and go boom association, but it took me a few minutes to find it. Unreasonably topical now, considering the 1947 date

Date: 2017-07-15 06:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ethelmay
The woman I learned that song from in college is a rabbi ("Reb Deb") in upstate New York now.

Date: 2017-07-15 08:16 am (UTC)
sovay: (Viktor & Mordecai)
From: [personal profile] sovay
The woman I learned that song from in college is a rabbi ("Reb Deb") in upstate New York now.

That's really cool.

cannon fire

Date: 2017-07-06 06:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lauradi7dw
Is a howitzer a cannon? Its definition calls it an artillery piece. I found this video from last year's performance
The firing part doesn't start until about 4 minutes into the video. I like how there is a hand held up in the air until it's time to do something with it.
We kept hearing it throughout the afternoon, from a distance. The sound guy said that they give demonstrations to the assembled crowd, with explanations about how they work.

I cannot see the category "field artillery" without thinking "hi hi hee" to myself. I found a web page hypothesizing that the words were originally haw and gee, as in the commands to horses. The folk process, I suppose.

Date: 2017-07-06 06:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger
Aren't the cannons by the Army, or maybe National Guard? I think they're housed on a barge (separate from the fireworks barge) in the river? I have never been to the Esplanade for a performance for reals.

Date: 2017-07-06 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tilisokolov
I have got to see this Delft onesie.


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