Sunday, July 03, 2011

Fireworks in Port O'Connor July 2, 2011

Yesterday, we went to my grandpa's beach house in Port O'Connor to watch POC's annual Independence Day fireworks display. I took three gallons of Red Diamond sweet tea and two huge watermelons. My Grandma-Ethel had already purchased two gallons of Red Diamond ice tea, so the sweet tea tooth must run in the family!

Many interesting conversations took place last night. My grandpa told us the many ways to test a watermelon to determine sweetness. They were all new to me. He even told us that if you pick a watermelon and place the stem in sugar water, the watermelon will absorb the liquid and will taste extra sweet! Since I pick my watermelon from the big box in HEB, I have to use my favorite technique: I play the watermelon like a drum and if it sounds hollow, I will purchase it.

Another topic of conversation was reincarnation. I explained to one of my cousins that our most recent pet tragedy prompted me to share the concept of reincarnation with my nine year old. "Reincarnation is the belief that even when a body dies, the spirit continues to live. When a spirit leaves the body, it goes into another body. In fact, if we go to the pet store and buy another hamster, there is a small chance that..." My cousin immediately took the baton and finished my thought, "...the hamster you buy will be the same hamster as the one that died!"


Anyway, we sat out on the porch talking and eating hotdogs and drinking tea until the sun went down. Then we walked to the beach and found a place to sit so that we could get a better view of the fireworks.

After the city's display was over, the people in the beach houses started their own shows! There was screaming and smoke...

As we were leaving, we got to see people being arrested. Everyone must have had a good time!

Anyway, here is a short clip of the end of the POC fireworks display:

I still have two huge watermelons. Where to go?


Sugar Magnolia said...

Wow! What a show! Thanks for sharing, Rebecca. Where to go with those melons? My house!

Seriously, it's been a long time since I've seen a fireworks show. And a longer time since I've been to POC.

Again, thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the video.

Edith Ann said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time. We're doing the hotdog thing tomorrow afternoon at my aunt's house.

I am trying to remember if I could see the fireworks from Tanglewood last year. I'm thinking I can. I always love to watch them!

Rebecca said...

Edith, I remember being able to see the fireworks at the Community Center from my roof in Tanglewood, but over here, it's too far away now that they are at the mall. We might just GO to the mall display this year. We will take our remaining watermelon. Sug, you could go with us! =D

Sugar Magnolia said...

Thank you so much for the invite, Rebecca! We are going to stay home, grill some grub, and just chill.

Hey, maybe next year we can all get together somewhere (my house?) and mingle with music and fireworks, providing we aren't in another drought.

Rebecca said...

We went to the mall display and it was worth it. Sure, it took a long time - 30 minutes in a line of bumper to bumper honking cutting cars - to get out of the mall.