We at Las Vegas Tribune and radiotribune.com, together with a neighbor, U-Haul dealer, Mail by Renee postal services and a few other neighbor businesses, including Fradon Publishing, enjoyed a fantastic BBQ, gave thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to live in this beautiful and great country, and prayed for its safety and for peace in the world.
Yes, we did all that and that is one of the reasons that you are reading this edition of Las Vegas Tribune late; for the first time in the history of this newspaper we are late because of celebrating a holiday or an event, but this year more than ever we felt the need to blend with our neighbors and the community and express our gratitude for being part of this great nation; we felt the need of showing how proud we are of being who we are, of being an American.
But — and there is always a but with me — while we all gathered around and enjoy our food, I was sitting in a perfect spot to oversee everything in the party; furthermore, I took the liberty to ponder my thoughts regarding our Independence Day celebrations.
We welcome the New Year on the last day of the year that’s ending; we normally do not celebrate that holiday at the end of the day, so why is it not the same with the nation’s birthday celebration?
This year the 4th of July was on a Tuesday; some lucky people were also off on Monday and were able to have a four-day holiday, which is great, but come Wednesday we all have to go back to work. Yet if we celebrate the 4th at the end of the day some of us that have to get up very early will have to ask for a fifth day off because our neighbors
do not let us sleep due to their own late celebrations.
The firecrackers display, the loud music, the fights, the shootings and everything else should be done like our New Year ‘s EVE celebration — the day before — so we all could have some rest and a good night sleep.
Yeah, I know this is Las Vegas, and that this is a party town but this is also a normal city, or at least we’d like to pretend that we are a normal city, and we have jobs to perform, meetings to attend and such, and it would be very nice if we could all perform our duties without being tired, grouchy or the need to “call in sick” because our neighbors, who probably work swing shift or graveyard — or maybe are off the next day — interrupted everyone’s daily schedule.
I believe that the curfews for parties, noise, fights, and shootings should be strictly enforced (imagine how it would cut down on crime if shootings had such a curfew) and even if the police like to overlook the curfews a little as a courtesy to the happy partygoers, if someone calls to remind the officer of the day of the week and the time of the
night, the officer should do his job and respond to that call, also as a courtesy to the hard-working neighbor or the little old lady that is bothered by the noise because she is too old to stay up and join the party.
As we do every year with the arrival of the New Year, we should be celebrating the nation’s birthday on the eve of the 4th and not the night of the day itself; for those who are so energetic, w ho are off the next day or two, and those who are so young that their energy allows them to stay up all night and go to work without sleep (I did that many times, years and years ago), then they should go party in the party district of our community, (AKA Fremont Experience or the Strip), along with the tourists, the visitors, and the partygoers; they can also go to the nightclubs, the adult-themed joints or the neighborhood bars where everyone is awake and in a good mood because
they are off work.
No, I am not trying to be difficult; I am not grouchy; but I am very tired because I had to get up in two hours from going to sleep and those damn firecrackers were making noise all through the night, sounding like bullets coming in through my windows. I was so disturbed with the afterhour bullets … uh… I mean — firecrackers, that at one point I almost got under the bed thinking that someone was coming to get me.
By the way, for the record, this column was on behalf of many people that do have to work the next day after a holiday; lucky for me I am off on Wednesdays and this year 4th of July was on Tuesday, so I am off today and that is a good thing for me, but I was writing on behalf of all those who are not off on Wednesdays like me. Maybe next year it will be a different story; if the curfews are not in place and enforced, I will probably be a little to VERY upset. Now go to sleep!
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.