On October 30, somewhere around 200,000 people converged on the national mall in Washington, DC. I was one of them. My friend, Bethanee, and I braced ourselves for the crowds and joined a Donnie Darko rabbit, indeterminable costumed fellow (closest semblance being a merkin), and some normally attired Metro riders to head into the city.
We abandoned our plan to grab breakfast and coffee at Dunkin Donuts when I realized at least 40 other people amazingly had the same bright idea that I did to swing by there from Gallery Place on our way down to the mall. I wonder how many of them also, at some point a long time ago, did not know that "the mall" was not an encolsed shopping space. I digress.
People were swarming all over the downtown DC area that day. And Metro had the nerve to be single tracking in some places on the red line. Unbelievable. All in all it was a fun experience, though. Saw several entertaining signs, yelled at people to lower said signs during the rally so that we could see the so-called jumbotrons, found Waldo several times over, got my butt bumped by the belly of the man standing behind me, made friends with strangers in the crowd and heard occasional bits of the rally.
While I will probably need to watch the rally to actually see what all I missed, some of my favorite moments were the matching patriotic sweaters, the Stewart/Colbert song, Kareem al du Jabar's guest appearance and the news montages.