Rock Does It Right

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All the buzz before tonight’s opening monologue at the 88th Oscars was what Chris Rock would say.

Chris Rock did it right.

Never one to shy away from controversy, Chris Rock handled the current boycott of the Oscars by some within the black community with humor, insight and on the mark.

Often I have found Rock to be over-the-top and inciting anger and division. Tonight, Rock was a rock of rationality and hitting the mark.

Diversity is needed in all walks of the American life. But let us get our priorities right and focus on what is really important in life.

As Rock pointed out why wait until the 88th Oscars to boycott?

He rightly noted in decades passed the focus was on those things which had a real impact on every day life – like staying alive.

From the Cornfield, hats off and give that man an Oscar!

Chris Rock showed he was the right host for the right time.

Rockets Over the River

Dateline The Desert: Tonight I was privileged to view the 25th Annual Rockets Over the River along the Colorado River put on by the resorts and casinos in Laughlin, Nevada. This was the first of such celebrations since I arrived in the Desert and which I will enjoy many more.

From my position in the south parking lot of the Riverside Resort and Casino, the place that started it all, I was able to video the entire show. The video is rather long, but the show is worth it.

If you were not able to get out and view fireworks as we celebrate the 239th birthday of the US of A or because of the heat and dry conditions your locality did not set the “bombs bursting in air” this year, now is your chance to ooh, ah and clap.

Enjoy!

Though from where I was I did not see what happened after the show. There were two sizable fires. The fireworks are launched from the old Pioneer Casino parking lot, which not accessible from the Laughlin side of the river. Two firetrucks were dispatched from Bullhead City, Arizona to put out and contain the blazes.

There have now been reports of 6-7 fires. Last information around 1 a.m. was that some may still be burning.

The firefighters did their duty, but were hampered somewhat by the wind which was blowing about 10 miles per hour. Compound that with the still 100-degree temperature and humidity at 20%.

Kudos to those who made this celebration such a success and to the firefighters who made sure all was well.

From the Cornfield, Happy Birthday, America!

Before & After the Fireworks

Dateline The Desert: People began arriving Thursday for the 25th Annual Rockets Over the River, the spectacular fireworks display put on by the resorts and casinos up and down Casino DriveĀ  in Laughlin, Nevada.

As you can see from the photos the parking lot were I was at, The Riverside Resort and Casino, was full long before the sun went down. Following the “bombs bursting in air”, people were not in that big of a rush to leave.

Traffic was like a zoo as I headed back to Canyon Terrace where the Desert Mark’s Den is located. As I neared Needles Highway traveling up Bruce Woodbury Drive, about a quarter of a mile from the intersection, there had been an accident. An ambulance was loading at least one person.

What a way to end the day’s festivities.

From the Cornfield, let freedom forever ring.

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