I work about 1 block from where the Olympic torch was supposed to be yesterday on part of it's 85,000 mile journey. So I figured I could walk that far to see something sort of rare and historic - sort of like me doing yard work. I also wanted to see some good Free Tibet-Chinese national gang rumbles - but it turns out only white people get really mean and nasty when it comes to protesting.
So here’s the closest I came to a confrontation:
White Lady Carrying Tibet Flag: SHAME ON YOU CHINA! SHAME ON YOU CHINA! SHAME ON YOU CHINA!
She says this at the top of her lungs about 5 inches from some lady carrying a China flag
Chinese Lady w/China Flag Lady: (nothing, no response)
Chinese Lady w/Tibet Flag: (walks over to White Lady Carrying Tibet Flag and says something calmly and lady suddenly becomes very quiet and walks along): (nothing)
There you go. First-hand account of the protests.
Closest I came to violence:
I got my foot stepped on.
Hypocritical Moment of the day:
Many, let’s say a majority of the protesters for Tibet were walking. Many, let’s say 60% of them were wearing sneakers – I looked at the brands New Balance and Nike were what I saw. If you look in the tongue of either of these brands it will say: Fabrique en Chine and Made in China. I think that is hypocritical. It's sort of like a Hummer with a "Al Gore for President" sticker on it.
I always feel better about things after that.
Based on the looks of many of the non-Asian people protesting, I’d wager money many didn’t know where Tibet (I didn’t see a single non-Asian campaigning for China) actually was. So below is where you'll find Tibet (I didn't know either).
In the end, it turns out they ran the torch down a completely different route that I don't think anyone saw AND I missed my chance to actually see it. I know some Olympians (not well) and my friend's dad was the head of the Salt Lake Olympics - but that's about as close as I get to the whole thing.
When I'm not talking about any of this nonsense and I'm not too tired to read, I'm now reading 'The Fountainhead' which is not as good as the greatest book I've ever read (Atlas Shrugged) - but probably since I'm only on page 163.
PS - I've been so hungry. For lunch I had a tuna sandwhich, a bowl of fruit and a Clif bar. I also had 3 cupcakes last night but figured I burned that off watering the garden last night.