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"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thoughts on the Reason Rally

I wanted to blog a little about the Reason Rally but I wasn't sure how to do so effectively.  It was such an overwhelming experience for me that I'm having a difficult time organizing anything into a coherent post. I finally just decided to list some of my thoughts, observations and such so here they are!
  • When James Randi stepped up to the podium and pulled the microphones down to his level, I felt the urge to hug him.  (Was it his height?)  I resisted the urge as I was sure it would have passed before I managed to vault the barriers and pull myself up on stage - if I would have managed to make it past any security personnel between me and the Amazing Randi.
  • I felt the same thing when Adam Savage said:  "I have concluded through careful, empirical analysis and much thought that somebody is looking out for me. Keeping track of what I think about things, forgiving me when I do less then I ought, giving me strength to shoot for more than I think I am capable of. I believe they know everything that I do and think and they still love me and I’ve concluded after careful consideration that this person keeping score is me." 
  • Clarification: I meant that I felt like hugging Adam Savage when he - Adam - said that. 
  • I didn't attempt that, either.
  • I missed Eddie Izzard because I got cold and left the mall before he spoke.
  • I was really, really upset that I missed Eddie!! (but not as much as I would have been if I'd found out that he had shown up in a dress. He didn't. Doesn't he do that anymore?!? *pouts*)
  • Tim Minchin has a potty mouth but was funny as hell! We laughed and laughed!
  • I think the sign language interpreters did a fantastic job!  Boy, were they busy!!  One of them was saddled with signing the lyrics to Tim Minchin's the Pope Song and all I can say is wow. I'll give you a link to the lyrics but I should warn you that they are a little naughty. (Okay.  A LOT naughty!)
  • Greta Christina was fabulous and we should all run out and purchase her book
  • Paul Provenza was a giddy emcee! He reminded me of a court jester but without the headgear.
  • This is an article about the rally with some pictures of some of the speakers!
  • Jessica Ahlquist was presented with a big check for over $62,000 towards tuition costs and gave a speech later on!
  • My phone battery decided to suddenly deplete for no good reason so I had to turn off my phone a couple hours into the rally.  I was irritated and disappointed as I wanted to Tweet!
  • Nate Phelps - son of Fred Phelps, pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church - talked about escaping the influence of his family and the good he is doing with the Centre for Inquiry in Canada. 
  • An attempt to show a video tribute to Christopher Hitchens failed when the video kept freezing up.
  • I almost cried and probably would have had the tribute continued.
  • I found Waldo at the Reason Rally - and snapped a picture with my phone!

  • I took two other pictures to show where we were standing but that was all I could take because it started to rain later on.
  • I was disappointed with Bill Maher who taped a new introduction to an old bit from his show instead of giving us something new to see.
  • Penn Jillette did an original taped bit for us, however.
  • I think there were way too many speakers.  It was too long for such a cool, rainy day. I guess if it had been nice weather, I wouldn't have minded.
  • Two tall gentlemen stood in front of me.  I could look between them and see the video screen just fine until it started to rain and they pulled out their umbrellas!!
  • I still think that it was rude to use umbrellas!  They could have bought cheap 99-cent ponchos like the rest of us!!
  • Jamie Kilstein was wonderful! (How does he breathe?!?  He just keeps going on and on!)
  • Our small group was directly in the center of the video screen to the left of the stage.  Behind the screen, you could see the Washington Monument.  At several times I found myself reflecting on the fact that the monument has a cap made of aluminum.  (Yes.  Aluminum.)
  • Christina Rad was fabulously funny!
  • I had a great time - despite getting wet and cold and having to leave before Eddie spoke... It was indescribable to be in such a large crowd of people who are also feminists, gay-rights advocates and atheists!
Sorry for the length but... there was so much to comment on!

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