Historically, I’ve barely managed to stay up past 9:30PM on the 4th of July, and while Gabriel and Steve invariably go out hunting for fireworks, I am happily viewing the insides of my eyelids. This year I thought I’d try something different and since a group of us from work signed up for the Pacific Symphony’s Summer 2007 Concerts, and the first one was scheduled for July 4th, I figured I purchase a couple more tickets and have Steve and Gabriel join in on the revelry as well.
With Richard Kaufman as conductor, the first half of the show was my favorite, highlighted with music from several motion pictures, including Splash and Jaws. The second half featured the tribute band, Papa Doo Ron Ron, playing a variety of Beach Boys music. I’ve never been a huge fan of this type of music, but the tunes were catchy and the weather was right, and it was still a good time. It was all capped off with a smashing display of fireworks. The only pity was that I had to go to work the next day. Oh… and the dessert box from Bristol Farms was FABulous… mmmm… chocolate dipped strawberries… petit fours… chocolatey goodnesses!