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Independence Day

A holiday for everyone else, but we have to have our stuff ready for testing tomorrow so I'm working, and L is setting up Castor.

In the evening we go for a walk around our neighbourhood to watch the fireworks. There are some big displays far off at each casino/hotel, but there are lots of local families doing the backyard thing. L says it's illegal but firework stands were at the side of every road last week, and many people are doing it.

The nearby vegetation - albeit sparse - is so dry that frankly I'm worried the whole neighbourhood will go up in flames. It hasn't rained since last May. (Ok, I know it doesn't rain much here, but it is supposed to rain *sometimes*.)