Saturday, January 2, 2010

Fireworks and Flu in 2010

Yes, I do know that I am posting this on January 2nd, in the evening no less and most of you will see it even later than this, on the 3rd. Apparently I decided to start the new year in a bang up way--with the flu. It's not the worst thing and if it is the swine flu I think it is more the piglet version rather than the full hog version. Piglet or hog, I have had a fever for days now and the synapses in my brain are popping like fireworks under water. And that would explain how it is that I come by these pictures here.

Every year Seattle blows up the Space Needle. I don't know when we started doing this but I think it might have begun when we blasted the hideous King Dome. It just felt so darn good blowing up the ugliest building ever built that we wanted to relive that glorious day blowing some more stuff up. I'm not a native here so I might be missing some important details but I have a fever and I'm not so sure I care that much right now. I bullied the Saint into taking me to West Seattle that night like we always do so that I could take these fuzzy shots. It had been raining most of the day but magically cleared up just long enough for the show. We got a super lucky parking spot so I didn't have to hike anywhere. Yea! I don't have a tripod--don't ask why, I have no idea--so I propped the camera up on a crumpled box atop the car and tried to keep it steady. There was still a lot of fog and moisture in the air so the shots are more soft than even my unsteady shooting would have been alone. I just wanted to share with you all something that is a part of our Northwest tradition here. It holds a special place in my heart. Special enough to drag my fevered foolish self outside on a chilly wet night to take wobbly pictures of "Ooh, pretty!"

I hope you all had a wonderful time New Year's Eve. I am so glad to have met you all and to be part of your blogging world. Thank you so much for making this a special year and for enriching me with your wonderful friendship. I look forward to sharing 2010 with all of you. I wish you all the best this year and may your hearts and families be filled with love and joy each and every day.



  1. Wow, you are dedicated to go out for photos with the flu. The shots are great, I love Seattle. I hope to be there for the flower show in February. Hope you feel better.

    Christine in Alaska

  2. Wow! I hope your fever was not igniting this brightly. Fabulous fireworks ... it is great to see the sequence and the needle's calm beginning. I hope you are not feeling worse for this effort. You have given delight to this reader. It has been dear getting to know you LeSan! I look forward to our shared garden adventures in 2010! Wishing you Good Health and Joy for this New Year! Speedy Recovery! Carol

  3. Fantastic shots LeSan, even while you are ill. Glad it's the piglet variety and hope you feel well real soon.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  4. We have strange traditions in the US! But what fun would it be if we couldn't play with matches? We all have a little pyro in us.
    Happy New year to you, and I hope you are on the mend.

  5. Thank you Lesan for these great pictures! We watched these fireworks on TV, cuddled together, all four of us. The show lasted 8 minutes and was spectacular! Thank you for your kind wishes, and all the very best to you in 2010!
    Several days of high temperature sound like oink-oink flue. It should end soon. Get well soon!

  6. Oh...sorry to hear you're feeling bad. Hope you're better soon.
    Those a good pictures, in my opinion.

  7. Take care of yourself, lots of rest and liquids. Not that kind of liquid.

  8. LeSan, I am so sorry you have been under the weather. Nasty old stuff. Hope you are well now.
    I did not know they shot fireworks off of the top of the Space Needle. It looks so pretty. Does look like a space ship taking off or a giant firecracker. Very pretty.

  9. Hello LeSan,
    I'm sorry to hear about the flu :( I do hope you get better very soon. The space needle fireworks are beautiful. I didn't know they did that on New Year's. Thank you for sharing. Now, get back into bed and rest :-)

  10. I sure hope you're feeling better now! We watched the Space needle fireworks on TV and I said the same thing to my husband about when they started doing the fireworks. I don't remember them when I was younger. I do remember the King Dome I've seen baseball games and some horrible 80's concerts there.
    Happy New Year! So glad to have "met" you this year, I always look forward to your wonderful writing and stories of your pond.

  11. Hope you're feeling better now Honeybun - piglet flu can be a right pain (says she who's not actually had it!)

    Great fireworks pictures.....especially given that you were ill at the time. You should have been tucked up in bed with a hot toddy!

    Thanks for finding me this year and keep on blogging through 2010 - blogland would be a duller place with out you!

    Nutty :)

  12. Happy New Year. It's a bummer about the flu, but maybe you've got it out of your system and the rest of the year will be bug free. As always I love the photos.

  13. I like your voice in here more, Blue

    seams :)