For those who haven't picked up on this fact, I live in the Eastlake neighborhood, on a pier built out over Lake Union. It's a lovely location. I can get to work quickly by driving, and it has easy access to bus lines. My building is also located in close proximity to the Washington Mutual Family Fourth on Lake Union. Very close. And it's also gated behind a security fence, so the only crowd I have to fight is other building residents.
Darren (stryper666), Jason, Lance (spirochete) and I set up chairs on the edge of the parking lot with a prime view. The show started with an army transport helicopter carrying a flag around the edge of the lake. I want to know how the spotters controlling the lights were able to train the lights on the flag so unerringly. Then the fireworks themselves started. The organizers threw in some pretty cool effects: the now standard smiley faces, purple lights on parachutes, and rains of sparks that filled the sky. One effect I particularly liked was a normal death star explosion with embers blowing straight away. But then they followed it with continuing death star pieces that appeared to come right out of the middle of the previous death star. Hard to describe but it gives the impression of a constantly growing fireball.
But what amazed me most was the shockwave on the explosions. On some of the fireworks we were right under the pieces. On all of them we could feel the force of the air as it bounced out and then sucked back momentarily. The building literally shook every time (probably helps that it's built on a pier rather a than foundation). I had to check several times to see if my heart hadn't skipped a beat because I felt like someone had been punching my chest.
Now I have bits of firework ash all over the inside of my apartment. I don't really know how they got in, as I only had one window open and it isn't near this desk. Yet I have ash bits all over the desk. They do not clean up with a wiping. That action just smears them on my fine wood. Ah well, I shall leave them and rely on my fine cleaning lady to fix the fireworks mess.