Doc, speaking of low-tech and inspirational .............
I got to watch a fellow shoot an anvil a few times at the Falling Leaf Rally in Potosi, MO this last Oct. That was GREAT! Supposedly they have competitions for this, and it is judged by "hangtime" and how close you can land your anvil to the launch spot. He told the crowd "as a bonus, if you can catch the anvil, you can keep it"!
When they shoot off all the fireworks in Steamboat ...... I always think about all the livestock, wildlife, and pets that get traumatized. There are people that don't find their dogs for 2 or 3 days!