My Uncle Bill taught me how to count in Roman Numerals.
Of course... it took me a long time to realize what was going on.
Our family is into the cheaper fireworks and Roman Candles give the most bang for the buck. We would sit on the beach and watch the firecrackers go up to the sky and Bill would start yelling.
"Aye! Aye-Aye! Aye-aye-aye! Aye-Vee!"
We would all yell with him, with growing enthusiasm until we got to ten. Ten and on were as enthusiastic as a yappy dog in a room full of caged cats.
"Vee-aye-aye-aye.... EXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!! EXXXXX.....AYE!"
Some things will live on forever. When I am 97 I am damn well going to be shouting Roman Numerals over the Roman Candle blasts.