Saturday, July 5, 2008


I tell ya, there are a lot of things I really like about spending so much time in Springfield Illinois but now to top off that list I have to tell you these guys know how to do the 4th of July!

They have a thing every year called "Rock the Dock" here. This is the first time I have been able to go.

Holy tamoly- they had the best fireworks show I have ever seen! Here is part of the press release;

"The biggest… (baddest, most unbelievable) Fireworks & Light Show display you'll find anywhere in Central Illinois! ….Over thirty minutes of choreographed fireworks set to a soundtrack at concert sound over Lake Springfield"

So I am reading that before hand with a little bit "Yeah, whatever, marketing hoopla" attitude but man did the show ever live up to the marketing! The choreography was excellent with lots of classic and more contemporary rock and it just kept going and going and getting bigger and better as it went!

I mean 15 minutes in you are thinking you have seen some really cool stuff so far. Then they slow it down and do some low level stuff and let your pupuils dialate again and then a crescendo will hit in the music and BOOOOM they will set off a honker so big you can feel the vibrations deep down in your insides. Then at the very end they had a crescendo with dozens of those huge honkers going off rapidly. It was unreal!

Plus the sound track was simulcast on a local radio station so me and about a thousand other people had the their boats parked out all over the cove drinking it all in.

Quite a night!

Afterwards though I encountered my first traffic jam involving boats! Its ironic, one of the things I like best about Springfield is there is no traffic to speak of. So it was interesting to get snarled up in a huge BOAT traffic jam. :)

Still worth it though!


Melissa said...

Sounds like the year we went down for the fireworks in Chicago. We got caught in traffic and ended up watching the fireworks on LSD over the lake.

That was truly the best show I've ever seen. And up here in the city...almost all the shows are set to music on the radio...that's 'cuz we're big city folks ;)

House of Jules said...

Boat traffic jams are so much fun! I seriously love them. The fact that anyone could jump in the water risking their life to out-swim those pesky boat blades just ups the ante on the danger factor. The only thing better is a gondola traffic jam in Venice. I've never been so excited & scared at the same time. You don't realize how close to the water a gondola is until you're sitting in one, and your gondolier is wasted. Adventure comes in all different forms and at unexpected times, let me tell you.
House of Jules

Crazymamaof6 said...

awesome! that is very cool

Dizzy Ms. Lizzy said...

Hey, we DO know how to party-hardy here in Central Illinois! :-)

Glad you enjoyed the show!

tammy said...

Awesome! We sat in the back of Luvpilot's Chevy in our front yard and watched fireworks in true redneck style.

Charlene said...

sounds like the fireworks were awesome and i know how those boat traffic jams are~~
i miss a good fireworks show~~glad you had a blast

Beth said...

sounds great Redneck...and a boat traffic jam-true redneck style! ;)

kay said...

i think a boat traffic jam sound better than a car traffic jam. you can wave and talk to the people you are stuck with!! :)

NerdyRedneck Rob said...

Melissa- 1) I knew there was a wild side to you and 2) Oooo nice dig about the radio station. You do know I do live in the 8th largest city in America right? :)

Jules- Yep, that is my rule during boat jams, stay IN the boat! :) I am pretty sure most of the Gondoliers around me were pretty wasted too! :) I do have a lot of free board though.

CrazyMomma- I really did enjoy it! Did it again Saturday night too!

Mz. Lizzy- Tru dat- yo!

Tammy- Awwwwww, that is just so rednecky it makes me tear up. {sniff}

Charlene- Yes they were and thanks, I did have a good time!

Beth- I am not sure if all those people out in boats have earned the honorific “redneck” or not. Lots of those boat people seem pretty snooty and so clearly are not rednecks. (Arrogant redneck would be an oxymoron.)

Kay- Yeah and you can continue to drink in a boat traffic jam too, another plus. However the lack of brakes in boats is a little frustrating. :)

Tanya said...

boat traffic jam? who knew?

I love love love fireworks!!

NerdyRedneck Rob said...

Tanya, I am with ya, I love, love, love fireworks too! Especially the ones you can feel!