For 2017 Andrea’s friend, Nichole invited us to her house to celebrate and bring in the New Year and I was grateful and here’s why. It’s about 9 pm on December 29th and both Andrea and Syd are gone. I’m sitting on the sofa with my feet propped up eating homemade Oreo cheesecake with homemade whipped topping. I’m watching the sci fi show “Travelers” on Netflix and just chillin out enjoying the last few days of my vacation when all of sudden I hear BOOM followed by extreme lightning near one of the windows. The house shakes and then I hear shit falling on the roof of the house. WTF was that?!?!?!?
I jump off the sofa and run to the back sliding glass window to see what happened but there is nothing to see. Everything looks ok and then I hear another BOOM followed by lightning, house shake and more shit falling on the roof. I’m freaking out wondering WHO is bombing my house?!?!? I’m about to call the police and report explosions when I see our neighbor Maleek walking beside the house with what looks like a cylindrical pipe in his hand. He bends down, sets the pipe on the ground beside the house, ignites a fuse and steps back. The thing sizzles then WHOOSH something flies out the pipe. It’s off the ground like, well like a rocket. BOOM, lightning, house shake and shit falling on the roof again. This NEGRO set off the BIGGEST fireworks explosion I have ever heard in my life!!! It scared the SHIT outta me.
I’ve known Maleek, who is now seventeen years old, for at least ten years. He is a great kid who decided to start celebrating the New Year early. He thought we were all gone so he posted up on the side of our house because there are no trees and we have a clear view of the sky.
Dude is watching his work and has the biggest cheese eating grin on his face any man boy would have after exploding a rocket in the middle of the night. In the meantime I am thinking, “What idiot decided to sell a kid professional grade fireworks and thank God I won’t have to endure this tomorrow night.” Maleek then picks up the remnants of the rocket canister from the ground and goes in the house. I really like the guy and don’t want to dampen his festive mood so I don’t say anything and return to “Travelers”.
The next day as we are leaving the house for Nichole’s party Maleek is outside bombing Baghdad again. I tell him how he scared me with the "pipe bomb" and we all laugh. As we get in the car I ask him, “Why did you start shooting fireworks last night?” He said, “I want to be in the house before midnight. Folks gonna be shooting guns in the air and I don’t want to get hit by flying bullets.”