Friday, November 7, 2008

A Patriotic Pause for Good Weird


Going into Super Tuesday, many of my friends and I pondered the possible public reactions to Election Day: violent rioting in the streets, a rash of vandalism and violence over being cheated again, and maybe a frightening influx of racially motivated crimes similar to those that occurred in the weeks following 9/11.

Instead we got this:




My teenage kid brother coming home from school:

"You know what was weird today? Like usually everyone just messes around and talks during the pledge of allegiance when the teacher and principal does it over the loud speaker. But today, like everyone stood up, stopped talking, put their hands over their heart, and said it. Then everyone clapped. It was weird. Like good weird. But still weird."

I know we're not out of the wood work, (god knows shit is going to hit the fan and some sort of dumbfuckery will be afoot soon enough) but as a jaded, cynical, misanthropic New Yorker, it felt unnerving to feel a genuine, albeit weird sense of euphoria in the air.

A good weird.

1 painful displays of affection:

Rob November 7, 2008 at 3:14 PM  

Wow. That's a really great quote.

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