For the first time ever, I posted my photos and comments on facebook before blogging here about it. So here are the bad jokes again. Suffer. My sister threw me the biggest birthday party ever, with 1/1228th of the US population in attendance!
Julie picked me up at the Baltimore airport on 10-29 and we drove down to College Park, Md and spent the night. Got up early, met my sister Katie, her boyfriend Drew, and a college friend of theirs named Patrick. Got on a sardine can Metro and headed to the rally.
It was packed! We squeezed our way forward as far as we could, but we only could make it to the first monitor section, and could barely see the monitor. But we could hear just fine.
I love this one. The cop car was beeping, booping, and edging people out of it's way, and I wanted to time the sign placement just right.
Most of the mass crowd experiments that the Mythbuster guys did were kind of tedious from where we were, but the wave one was pretty cool. So was the seismic stomping but that was harder to capture in a photo.
This is the crowd waving to Cat Stevens. Or rather Jusef Islam as he calls himself now. That's right, John Stewart had CAT STEVENS sing 'Peace Train'! It was actually beautiful, and the crowd was kind of mass touched, you could feel that. But Stephen Colbert interrupted the song for a gag involving Ozzy Osbourne, and I actually got really angry about it. Pissed, actually. And I'm sure I wasn't alone. Why on Earth would you get Cat Stevens to sing and then cut him off for a stupid gag?! Shameful. They let freaking Kid Rock sing his whole song, and that was pure torture.
I feel really happy that I went. It was no Woodstock or anything, but it was really, really refreshing to see that smart, sane, polite people will show up for an event like this, in 3 or 4 times the numbers of those who would show up for a Beck rally. It made me feel like maybe the US isn't totally unredeemable, which I'm sure was John Stewart's intention. I've been feeling quite down about the state of affairs for quite some time, angry and shocked that there are so damn many willfully ignorant, racist homophobic idiots both in postions of power and among the general populace of the US. It's great to see that people who are more intelligent than FOX NEWS viewers could actually be in the majority. Or at least, not as much in the minority as it usually feels. If you haven't yet listened to John's main speech, his moment of sincerity, I highly recommend it.
A Post rally we-were-there shot.
A parting shot.