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August 21, 2003

A calm excitement

Odd Todd writes about the great northeast blackout of ought-three.

But there would be no looting or rioting. It was close to unimaginable. In fact all I felt was the overwhelming goodness of it all- all around. Besides the people stuck in elevators or in subways (that sucked I'm sure) -people loved it. And with the darkness came excitement. But like a calm excitement. In my neighborhood people gathered around radios in the street and drank beer and held candles or flashlights. Or just walked around. Somehow it was like... everyone knew there wasn't going to be any rioting. It was too hot and cheery out. And you got the feeling if someone tried to start some shit everyone would have looked at him like the guy who tries to start the wave at the football game when your team is down by 56.  Everyone would eventually just start throwing their beers at him. Looting last night would have been uncool. Even by criminal standards.

Posted by jghiii at August 21, 2003 08:56 PM
Posted by: sherman on August 21, 2003 10:19 PM

Jon Stewart, who everyone should listen to on the Daily Show because he's brilliant, had a great riff on this subject recently.

He commented on how sad a commentary it is that everyone is getting so juiced about how no rioting happened -- how sad it is that "We didn't go lawless and kill each other" is something to be proud of.....

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