...it's not dark yet, but it's gettin' there...

July 21, 2006

Friday at the Park **Lunchtime Update**

I stepped out of the Metro at Farragut North, looked at my watch, and saw that I was more than an hour early for work. I'd be about 59 minutes early if I went straight to the office...

Instead, I took advantage of the new Pennsylvania Ave. location of my office and I decided to walk to the White House to see, with mine own eyes, the Code Pink Vigil/Fast. It's not every day I play tourist; this AM I looked the part: backpack w/ water bottle and camera in hand. Were it not for the long pants and leather shoes I think I would've looked like someone from out of town.

But Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, was practically empty.

Baron von Steuben was there.

As was Andrew Jackson.

But no Code Pink, no Cindy Sheehan. It seems I was mistaken; the vigil in Lafayette Park is scheduled for 10 AM to 7 PM. My bad.

However, William Thomas and his dog were out there, as they have been every day since June of 1981 (working in shifts with Concepcion Picciotto), protesting against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

You have to admire the courage of his convictions: Twenty-five years in one place...now, that's a vigil.

Also there was a newcomer, laptop on lap, protesting about Darfur:

Sadly, I did not chat with him, as I had to get to work. And I still do.

Reporting from Washington, for annika's journal, I'm Victor.

***Lunchtime Update***
I walked over to the park during my 30-minute (by choice) lunch break to take some pix of the anti-war protestors. It took me awhile to find them.

Falun Gong was there, en masse, protesting China's alleged organ harvesting (NOTE: A Canadian report on these allegations can be found here):
I'll try to post some video later at home.

Iranian protestors were there, about where the Darfur protestor from this morning was:
Note that was the Iranian flag while under the Shah.

I finally found the anti-war protestors when I turned around, against the White House fence:
I saw no counter-protestors.

Reporting from Washington for annika's journal, I'm Victor.

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Rubric: History


What was that fellow said about bagpipes? Just thank God that you can't smell them?

Posted by: Casca on Jul. 21, 2006

That's the White House?! What happened to that thick wrought iron fence?

Oh, well. Cool pix, Victor. I gather there were no hot chix, though?

Posted by: Tuning Spork on Jul. 21, 2006

I don't understand Mr. Darfur's "water only" sign. Does that mean that he'll take handouts of water, but no Coke or beer?

Posted by: Ontario Emperor on Jul. 22, 2006

That's it? No Cindy Sheehan? Now, there's a hot chick for you, T.S.

That's it; I'm going back to watch the invasion.

Posted by: shelly on Jul. 22, 2006