05 July 2007 @ 01:26 am
My 4th of July  
Just got back from 4th of July festivities at Gas Works park (which is where Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles played paintball in the movie "10 Things I Hate Abut You"). I've never been to the fireworks there (I've never been there period) and I'm really glad I went this year because they were spectacular.

I enjoyed the day with my friend Karen, her older sister Becky, Becky's finance John and their two friends. I got there at about 1 pm (if you want a good spot you have to go early) and it was already 82 degrees and pretty crowded. We got a prime spot really close to the water, down the hill from this creepy inflatable Statue of Liberty head. We had about 9 hours to kill; we entertained ourselves by reading a lot, eating a lot, and walking around a lot (it was more fun than it sounds). I got a pretty awesome tan, though it seems to have only taken well on the right arm (I liberally applied sunscreen to my tattoo on my left wrist but didn't use it on the rest of that arm), I'm not sure how that happened.

At one point during the evening, some guys in the crowd inflated huge beach balls and started tossing them around the gathered people. It reminded me of the times in high school when people would smuggle those into assemblies (and graduations) and try to keep them in the air as long as possible before the administration got a hold of them. Good times.

Before the show started the Experience Gospel Choir sang the national anthem which prompted a discussion about how almost no one can sing it well. I thought it would be neat if we changed our anthem to "America Fuck Yeah" from the movie Team America.

The fireworks started at about 10ish and were really impressive. I think the guys sitting behind us were drunk because their enthusiasm was a little disproportionate to the level of the show's awesomeness. Also, I heard one of the guys behind me exclaim things such as "this would be awesome to watch on acid," which was very amusing. The music selection they played during the show was a little weird, though they played some Stones, Queen, and Hendrix, which was cool.

All in all it was a pretty great day.

View of Seattle from Gas Works Park.

A picture of tonight's fireworks.

- I didn't take either of the above pictures. I did take some pics with Karen's camera which I'll probably post whenever she sends them to me.

I hope everyone had a great Fourth!!!
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[identity profile] carcrash-heartz.livejournal.com on July 5th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
So pretty. It sounds as though you had a really great day. The water is beautiful, and the skyline gorgeous. Glad you had a nice holiday!
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on July 5th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
I did have a pretty great day! The skyline is gorgeous. I've lived in Seattle my whole life and I'm still amazed at how beautiful it is.
[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on July 5th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Hee! I watched the fireworks from about 4 blocks up from where you were. :) They were pretty great this year! I was amused when they played the Austin Powers theme. Haha, they always put that stupid Statue of Liberty head up a couple days before the 4th. You can see it from my house--it's slightly...unsettling. ;)

Um, anyway. I'm still very, very behind on LJ, but I was wondering if I could ask you a favor? (Which you can totally say no to!) I have a new (MCR) header that I'm going to switch to on my journal and I'd love it if you'd be willing to make me another FO banner, as I love the other two you've made me. No rush and no pressure! :D
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on July 5th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I went to Gas Works this year. It's about a million times cooler then the one in Bellevue. Yeah, the Austin Power's theme was pretty funny. Karen and I were joking that the Statue of Liberty head was above ground but that the rest of it's body was in the hill and that at the end of the evening it was going to break free and go around "protecting freedom" by shooting illegal immigrants from the lasers in its eyes (which we were very much opposed to. Creepy Liberty head). Apparently we bore easily and entertain ourselves by making up not very patriotic stories to amuse ourselves.

I can totally make you an FO banner (I have more fun making those then I do making icons, which I love)! Let me know if you want me to match the coloring on the header (and if so, send me a picture of it) and any other pertinent info.
[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on July 6th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've only been to a couple other fireworks displays, but I definitely like the Gasworks one best. Haha, I'm glad you were opposed to the scary, laser-shooting Liberty head. That's something I'd be firmly against, too. ;)

Yay, thank you!! The header is here, and yeah, I'd like the coloring/tone to match. Other than that, I don't care if the picture(s) are the same, so feel free to try whatever. In terms of who's on it, I'd be equally happy with three options: All five guys, Frank & Gerard, or just Gerard. (Preferably Gerard with black hair, and Mikey with glasses, if he's included). THANK YOUUUU! :D
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on July 6th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
Cool. I probably won't use the same pictures ('cause it's 5 different pictures and finding each separate one might be hard) but I can definitely make one of those three options and match the colors/tones.
[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on July 6th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Awesome!! :D
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on July 7th, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
Okay, I had a little trouble getting a handle on what exactly I wanted to make so I ended up making 5 FO banners (all of them being fairly different). Hopefully you'll like one of them.

I also had some frustration in matching the header's color scheme but hopefully the banners' colors are still pretty good. I used black-haired Gerard in all the pics though one uses Mikey sans glasses. I made them about the same width as the Panic! banner though a few are longer in height (if you need me to change the dimensions just ask). There's 3 group FO banners and 2 Frank/Gee banners.

01, 02, 03, 04, 05.

[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on July 7th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, these are all lovely!! And I think the coloring will work just great! I can't pick which one I like the most, so when I play around with my layout I'll try a few of these and see which one works best. :D

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on July 7th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
[identity profile] promiseoftin.livejournal.com on July 7th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Um YES we need to change our anthem to the Team America song. :)
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