July 6, 2020July 6, 2020 by CIDU Bill Starting Early Bill Bickel, CIDU Bill Bickel, comics, humor, Jason Adam Katzenstein (J.A.K.), New Yorker 15 Comments This was today’s (July 6) New Yorker cartoon. Related
So…. is it a regular thing that *every one* is complaining about people setting of fire works earlier this year? Everyone I know is p.o.ed about it and finds it irritating. So this woman thought it was cute at first but as it went on she grew to hate it as we all did?
It’s a bit of an assumption that everyone has experienced this and will recognize it as such.
A night of fireworks is fun. A few weeks of nightly fireworks really gets on your nerves.
If this had been GoComics, the release date (just after the 4th) would have been random stupidity, but since this is “The New Yorker”, we can assume that the editors carefully planned to release this comic on the website precisely on this date. The principle is exactly the same as complaining about the Christmas season starting earlier each year, except that in this case, the beginning of the pyrotechnic season has gone “around the Horn” to start a full 363 days before the actual event.
P.S. I don’t think it is unreasonable for The New Yorker to assume “that “everyone” has experienced this and will recognize it”: first of all, the problem with ongoing wildcat fireworks in NYC has been reported by national news outlets; and second, all The New Yorker cares about is whether NYC residents will understand it. Anything that occurs outside the city limits is not of their concern.
I assume it is not fireworks, but war.
The comic takes place in mid-June. (Yes, it published on July 6 but “famous last words” are only known to be such in hindsight.) Before everyone knew the fireworks would be going on for weeks.
And it’s not just New York City where residents are setting off fireworks at home. Cities and suburbs all across the country have been experiencing nightly fireworks.
If you don’t live in a directly urban area, you may not be aware of what it’s been like. Due to major events being canceled and COVID supply chain issues leading to a backlog of fireworks in China being released to the American market all at once in a glut, fireworks have been something like ten cents on the dollar this year. What I’ve heard is that thousand dollar professional grade fireworks have been going for a hundred bucks. It wasn’t just a few fireworks — it’s people setting off what, in a normal year, would be a modest municipal fireworks show several times a night well into the early morning every night for the entire month of June. Often several of them simultaneously in different neighborhoods.
Since this is a New Yorker – this is a New York based cartoon. And maybe you have to be a New Yorker to understand it. The problem has been that for the past month, way before July 4th, there were fireworks being lit all over New York nightly. In the middle of the night. All night. Every night. It became an issue. So this lady is seeing the fireworks for the first night and enjoying them – fireworks set off by neighbors randomly, all night long. Little does she know it will become a nightly ritual, in the middle of the night. All night. Every night.
It definitely started earlier than usual in my neighborhood this year. It’s been like a battlezone for the past three weeks, and still hasn’t stopped.
So New Yorkers have been experiencing my childhood over the past month… fireworks every night for weeks.
I’m sincerely sorry, actually. I hate hearing fireworks.
Based on discussion on a message board I frequent, this has been going on all over the country. @ianosmond gives the reasons. I’m a New Yorker, but I live in California now, and it is perfectly relevant to me. In fact I showed this one to my wife who laughed.
Bill, if this is a CIDU for you, consider yourself lucky.
Scott, it was only a CIDU for me because, when I looked it up, the only date I could find for it was July 6.
Believe me, Francis Scott Key would be awestruck by the constant explosions we’ve had in my neighborhood over the past couple of weeks.
Tom Falco…. It’s not just New York.
The thing that impresses me is this is the type of thing *everyone* notices but *nobody* talks about so I’d assume most people wouldn’t think others are aware enough to make it a universal joke.
But…. eveyone here is *sick* of the effing fireworks. It’s just that I didn’t know anyone else had noticed. I thought it was just me. Until the local news started reporting it… after which the general consensus was “enough with the effing fireworks— who the heck *wants* to do all that crap”.
We are not normally home around July 4th but the fireworks here – in NYS all fireworks are illegal – are crazy. It is like being under bombardment – and remember I have fired a number of times a black powder 18th century repro cannon. It is not small fireworks as other kids had when I little but huge – professional fireworks show type fireworks. (“Your father is a lawyer, fireworks are illegal, you cannot have any – but here are some sparklers – then my sister burned her hand on the illegal sparklers and that was the end of them. We were allowed to put caps in a pair of hinges held together with a rubber band and throw them on the ground.) It is horrible, best thing I can say is the family next door that I was sure was going to have a backyard party with fireworks did not. Normally we are in Lancaster, PA where many fireworks are legal (and many people from NY get theirs) and it is nothing like it is here.
On the good side – last time we were home on July 4th about 2 years ago, I offered to make hot dogs for husband on the 4th in a cast iron pan that has a raised grill in the bottom for dinner that night to make more like they were cooked on a grill. It had not been used in some years. I put it on the stove to preheat. It put out so much smoke that the smoke detector went off and would not stop. I am 5’1” and was climbing onto a chair and standing on my toes to push the button to shut off the alarm. I had shut off the pot and taken off the stove (no food in it) and opened the back door next to it. I spent 45 min on the chair with the alarm going off – cell phone on the table unreachable until I gave up, jumped down, grabbed the phone and climbed back up to text Robert who was in the office upstairs on the other side of our (20×30 ft) house with the TV on and the door closed and had not heard it going off. He finally took it down – which required a screw driver as this was one of the new 10 year detectors and got the battery out – and it could not go back in once removed. (We have an old style one now) . Dinner was late and the kitchen was still smoky the next day.
All New Yorker cares about is New Yorkers? Maybe. But: I’ve lived in Michigan for most of my 80-plus years, though I went to high school in White Plains. I subscribe to New Yorker. I tried to gauge the magazine’s distribution. I saw a partial answer: By the 1950s, about three quarters of its subscriptions were outside the NYC metro area. Maybe what New Yorker cares about is subscribers who are interested in what a New York City-centered magazine contains. Considering its breadth of content, it doesn’t sound like the same thing to me.
@ Bob Ball – I know that the editors cannot be as narrow-minded as I commented above, but there still remains a residual “elitist NYC” impression that I get from some of the articles (and comics).