The economics of fireworks

Now that I think about it, that could be a good book title. It isn’t what I’m up to today.

For years, New Year’s Eve here has been like a war zone. My wife almost always has to work, and the bedroom lights up like we have a photographer in there and the explosions go off until sunrise.

This year, a few anemic pops about nine o’clock and that was it. How could this be? Why? What changed?

We didn’t lose those neighbors. They’re still here.

The fact is that Americans are currently underpaid. Disagree all you like, but I learned my economics during the Reagan administration. I, and most like me, had money to burn and burn it we did. We bought snowmobiles, new shotguns, pickups, etc. (We were western kids.)

This allowed people who operated those business to also thrive. The money moved around. I was there. I saw it in action.

Now here we are at New Years Eve (Last night). Honestly, I don’t miss the fireworks. The dogs don’t either, but it isn’t hard to draw conclusions. People don’t have any money right now. Those who do are hanging on to it. Never know when there will be another toilet paper run. Things like fireworks take a back seat to food and fuel.

That was just my observation from last night. Probably has no real value to anyone. Least of all those who have initiated their own personal space programs.

I called Mom this morning and spent a lovely hour with her. After that I managed to pull Mari’s fat from the fire, but it was touch and go for a while. Not a great volume of words, but I’m now ready to dive head first into the long denouement this story deserves.

I hope you all celebrated in some way, even if it was a bit more demure.

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  1. Gwen M. Plano

    Hubby and I went to bed early and awakened at 10PM to bangs that sounded like shotguns. Only after sitting up in bed for a few minutes did we realize, it was an early New Year’s celebration. I hope 2023 surprises us with all-things-wonderful. 🎉

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  2. We heard some stuff going on around the neighborhood. Nothing like last year or July 4th. Then again, it was raining a bit.

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  3. It was quiet here too, Craig. A small display, right at midnight, but nothing like last year or the 4th of July. Things are tight for a lot of people.

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  4. There were a few fireworks in my neighborhood, but nothing major. I know I’m feeling the economic crunch. I’m glad you had a little peace, sorry about the belt-tightening, and happy you got time with your mom. Good luck writing your denouement.

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  5. Now that I think about it, we didn’t hear many fireworks at all this year either. Not that I’m complaining – and neither is Bond.

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  6. I think you are 100% right, Craig, about the lack of money to blow on fireworks. They are expensive and a short-lived thrill for those who enjoy them (which isn’t me.) We are living in precarious times when wages do not match inflation. Here’s hoping for better days ahead! Happy New Year!

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  7. I think you have hit on a valid point. Some would argue (and have) that right now is not too bad. I happen to believe we have not had such bad times since 2008. I’m glad about the fireworks but I wish the supply chain and worker engagement would get fixed.

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  8. We tend to live frugally, try to balance expenses with SS and other income flows, not dip into savings. So, We did what we usually do–ate a light dinner, watched a show, went to sleep! Sounds good, doesn’t it?

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  9. It was a low-key but constant barrage around here. Maybe the Ukraine war is taking up all the gunpowder in the world right now?

    I definitely agree that we have a damper on us, emotionally and economically. Employers complain that nobody is applying, employees complain about the wages and working conditions, and one political party seems intent on taking away what few social benefits we have.

    That said, the situation is ripe for a leader who presents a positive vision for the future that includes all citizens equally. We’ll see if one is able to emerge in 2023.

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  10. Be safe , be healthy, be productive and happy in 2023

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  11. No fireworks in our neighborhood either, and we usually have a few. I was hoping our resident coyote would at least toss out a few howls, but he was quiet, too.

    As for workers, salary, inflation, and the economy, I think the climb out our hole of it is going to take most of 2023. I’m sure you’ve seen the predictions for the housing market. 😦

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  12. Reagan’s “trickle down” economics just about did us in. It sounds good on paper but doesn’t work. It never quite reaches the lower levels. Our grandson was with us for New Year’s Eve, so we took him out for supper early because “demure” has become our speed for celebrating anymore:) He went out. We took naps and woke up to see the ball drop, then went to bed at 1:30. I don’t mind fireworks if they end at a decent time.

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