Okay, back to normal local stuff. There was a parade last weekend in honor of the firefighters of the region related to the 9/11 observances. They brought heavy hardware. You don't want to be standing in the street whistling when Engine E 26 comes through (that is one serious bumper).
Lots going on to shoot this weekend. We have The Great Forest Park Balloon Race Tonight is the Balloon Glow, when the airships inflate after dark but do not take off. It's spectacular - see an example of last year's here. The "race" itself is Saturday afternoon. It's not really a race, more of a hare and hounds event. The hare (a balloon that looks like the Energizer Bunny, har har) takes off first. Fifteen minutes later the others go aloft one by one. The winner is the one that lands closest to the bunny.