I drew back the blinds for a while and let our living room fill with fresh air and low-sixty-degree temperatures, partly to ensure no smoke from cooking set off our alarm, but mostly to stock up on sure to be scarce sun over the next week. Last night’s fireworks? Pale imitation.

A vivid fiery burst of white glowing and thoroughly illegal fireworks with a red tinted central blast shines against night dark sky not quite fifteen minutes after midnight on January 1, 2023 in San Pablo, California.

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