Sanitation at the Rally to Restore Sanity

Rally-goers leave their imprint.

We walked to the Mall and back from Arlington, about ten miles round trip. The crowd at the rally was well-behaved, cheerful, witty, not especially diverse. The sound system was terrible, and the sightlines were worse (unless, I suppose, you got there at 8:30 am). AT&T cell service pretty much failed to cope; my tweets and SMSes didn’t go through.

Despite some pre-rally anxiety on the topic, there were plenty of port-a-potties. So ubiquitous were they, and placed in such a way as to help people overcome some of the lousy visibility, that they were quickly occupied by rally-goers looking to improve their views. It wasn’t long before they began to *how shall I say* CONFORM to their visitors’ presence. There are gonna be some mighty unhappy port-a-potty owners in the aftermath of this event.

The whole experience was fun and heartening in a generic, non-specific way. It wasn’t a very politicized event, as these things go — not a whole lot of agenda. Basically, it was about 400,000 people saying, “Let’s be civil, let’s think a bit, let’s not lose ourselves to outrage, hyperbole, and demonization. Let’s retain our sense of humor.”

My favorite sign said: “Compromise is sexy.”
My favorite tee-shirt had an arrow on it pointing to the side, and said: “I’m with stupid reasonable.”


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