Some things that happened to or around me at the Women’s March NYC on Saturday, January 21, 2017. They seemed kinda metaphorical.
- I stopped in a bodega on the way to the march and their radio was playing that Billy Joel song “Always a Woman,” which personally I find demeaning but maybe I just don’t know what the words are.
- The first time I got slowed up in traffic was at the corner of Second Avenue and Katharine Hepburn Place.
- I passed a store called Diplomatic Outfitters with a huge GOING OUT OF BUSINESS notice.
- After I’d stood around for most of four hours in a big crowd not going anywhere, I tried to sit down on a wall thing in front of a nearby building, but it was too high off the ground. So the people already up there reached down and hauled me up.
- Did I mention we stood around for four hours before walking anywhere? I joked that it was a Women’s Stand rather than a Women’s March – but hey, that’s appropriate too.
- The crowd was so densely packed that half the time, when I took a step, someone kicked me in the sole of my upraised foot. In other words, literally the only space available was where someone else had just stepped, like ‘Good King Wenceslas.’
- I got whacked in the face by an enormous flag that said PEACE.
Here are about 40 photos I took of my favorite signs carried by other people. Nearly all of them are peacemongering, inclusive, and inspiring. A few others were just too perfectly snarky to pass up. (Click on the photo to browse the full album.)
The success of these marches, all around the world, is the first tangible thing since last November 9 to make me really think that these may not be…wait for it…signs of the apocalypse.