世 – Shi4 – Generation, Lifetime, Age, Era, World
世界 – Shi4 Jie4 – World
世界級 – Shi4 Jie4 Ji2 – World Grade, World Class
New London also has fireworks. After the Hartford ones were so good, we thought we might try the New London ones since everybody says they’re the best around. I did some poking around the web today and found that these fireworks are done by the famous Grucci family, and is supposed to be their second biggest show of the year. (I wonder what’s the biggest?) The “SailFest” website asserts over and over that these fireworks are WORLD CLASS, confirmed by Grucci’s 2004 schedule. (apparently the official classes of fireworks are City, State, National, and WORLD) Three barges! 22,916 shells! Should be good, right?
We got there ridiculously early, around 4 o’clock. All the parking lots were full, but we managed to find parking on the street within easy walking distance of the water. We went down to the water, but couldn’t find where the fireworks barges were parked! Were we in the wrong place? Are they further up the river? What’s going on? People were already starting to fill in, so we figured we better claim some land now, rather than continuing to explore. We randomly chose to sit at the end of Amistad Landing, facing the Electric Boat plant, where they assemble nuclear submarines. After a few hours of waiting, a tugboat came along and positioned one the of the barges right in front of us! PERFECT SPOT! We randomly chose the precise closest spot on land to where the barge was going to be parked. The other two barges were also positioned nearby, in a row. (around this time we saw Dad pass by on a dinghy!)
After waiting the remaining 37 billion hours or however long it was, the show finally got started. It got off to a really good start, lots of action from the three barges, plenty of new and different fireworks. They had many more types than Hartford did, some really really big ones, color changing ones, lots of ones that MIRV which I especially like, and some that made very video game-esque cartoony explosions. Mostly the show was pretty slow and not that violent, but very pretty. Finally they started bringing out the big ones, and the loud ones, and started shooting lots at once. I thought to myself, “this must be the warmup for the finale! it’s really starting to get pretty good!” And then… it was over? What? Really? How can that be it… it was only 20 minutes long? This is world class?
For the record, Jenny thought they were better than Hartford. Whatever. The main display was better, but the finale was weak. And the finale is everything.
I wonder where the absolute best fireworks are? Maybe one year we’ll go to Tarragona, Spain where they actuallly have a five night fireworks COMPETITON. (…google google google…) I might not need to go that far… Montreal has a fireworks competition, too.