You've heard that phrase, "if you can't beat 'em join 'em?" That's me on the 4th of July.

I tried hard to be a good guy on the 4th of July. I didn't participate in anything inside the city limits. I just looked at fireworks as something I did when I was younger (all the while inhaling that beautiful gunpowder smell like it was sweet, sweet perfume).

After seeing no enforcement of the fireworks ban in my neighborhood, I gave into my love of pyrotechnics. It's never too much, but let's just say I celebrate. I don't know why we put Lubbock Police in charge of enforcing a nearly unenforceable ban either. Last year, the LPD wrote between 10-12 tickets for fireworks. Just to be clear that "ten" and "twelve". So, doing a little math and working in some scientific algorithms results in the determination that you'd have to be a real tool to actually get a ticket.

Just be safe and don't burn anyone's house down; that's why we have these bans. Do what you can to not upset the pets and vets in your neighborhood. Finally, always remember to pick up your trash.