I’m starting to prepare for the upcoming 4th of July festivities. For me that means, figuring out the perfect wine to serve with burgers and ribs (more on that later.)
But I’ve noticed a lot of media reports about citizens being upset that their city has canceled the local fireworks display. The reasons cited for cancelled fireworks range from the bad economy to environmental concerns. It’s amazing to me how a city can cry foul that their budgets are down due to the poor housing market, cut services to communities and still pay big money for a fireworks display.
How many city employees could you pay with the money spent on a fireworks display?
Now, don’t get me wrong…I’m not anti-fireworks. But when times are tough in our businesses, we all start that ‘gotta get creative’ speech. Find ways to do more with less. Shouldn’t we be doing that now?
Mom used to work for a very famous theme park in Orlando, and plenty of times she had to work on a holiday. I know that some people feel it’s unthinkable to work on a weekend or holiday…but my point is that we didn’t miss out. We just celebrated when we were all together. It wasn’t about the date on the calendar…it was about the spirit of the holiday and being together as a family.
As we enter into the weekend, ask yourself, is it about the fireworks or what the fireworks stand for? Personally, I’d give up some fireworks to know a couple of my friends had jobs.
Oh! and if after reading this, you are still looking for the perfect wine for those burgers…check out Little Black Dress wines. Their merlot is just peppery enough for a beef burger or ribs. They also make a chardonnay for you turkey burger fans. A portion of their proceeds go to the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation. So take a tip from me and sip for a cause…