Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Missing May Day

I just got back from hanging out downtown, where a rally of sorts was taking place. It's called "Missing May Day," and is a day full of music, food, fun, and antiwar sentiments. I'm all for it, it's a great idea, and it was a lot of fun while I was there. But the only issue I really have is that it seems kind of redundant to have it in Iowa City. Someone my roommate was talking with said it, too. Iowa City is a great town, and definitely open to these sort of things. If you get a few thousand people to these things, it's not going to be that surprising. It's great, it really is, but I don't know how much it's actually spreading a message. It's like shouting "Go Hawks" at Kinnick Stadium. You're going to get a good response, it goes without saying. Of course when Barack Obama comes to town, there's going to be a huge crowd. People will boo when the name George W. Bush is mentioned. People will go to antiwar rallies. Iowa City is the by far most liberal city in Iowa, and probably one of the most liberal cities in the country, definitely per capita. I'm not trying to bash the event today, it was a great time and I was glad that I was able to go. It just seems like it'd be more effective if they could get people to come out in other cities in the area that are not necessarily so "left-winged." I guess they have to start somewhere, though.

Today is another wonderful day, weather-wise. It's not as hot yesterday, only getting into the mid-80's, and a little breeze makes it feel that much cooler. A nearly perfect day to be walking around amongst a lot of people. Everyone's happy, there was free food and some decent funk/jazz music from a live band, and all sorts of stands, everything from food, to jewelry, to political candidates looking for volunteers. Iowa City's mayor (pictured) was even out and about! He's a short guy, and seemed extremely nice. Not that short people aren't nice, that's not what I'm implying at all. I was just surprised, I had never seen him that close, I always imagined him taller. But if you're reading this, Mayor Ross Wilburn, I think you're a fine mayor. You seem very down-to-earth, and an overall good guy. Thanks!

Well, that's all from me for right now. I'm going to go do some reading before work. Outside, of course. I gotta work on my color. It's almost time for me to have my nice summer red-tint to my skin. You may or may not have noticed, but I have red hair. Which means my skin vacillates between pasty white and sun-burnt red. Thanks Dad.

7 comments:

Minty said...

Hey now...

Nothing wrong with pastiness...

--Pasty Minty

H said...

It's like when I saw President Geoffroy for the first time and he was approximately ten inches shorter than I thought he was. Sometimes short is just not what you're expecting.

And Minty's right, there's nothing wrong with pastiness. I myself am still a pasty shade of winter white. (Not saying that I don't turn brown in the summer, because I definitely do.) But I embrace the pasty!

--Pasty H

half the battle said...

i have always had a thing for redheads, it wouldnt call it pasty, i would call it beautiful! and hopefully freckley.

lucy said...

pasty to sun-burned....sounds familiar.

how about pasty to sun-burned to peely to pasty? that's my summer cycle. i also thank my red-headed father for that one.

Minty said...

how about pasty to sun-burned to peely to pasty? that's my summer cycle.

We are certainly a pigment-challenged lot, aren't we?

Thanks be to Allah (or whoever) for high SPF sunscreen...

--Minty

Flenker said...

Of course, freckles come with the territory here.

and definitely the pasty-to sunburn-to peell-to pasty cycle. I've never had it any other way!

SPF 45 at the minimum.

The Boob Lady said...

Well, I can commisserate. I am usually a nice shade of clear, mixed with a little alabaster. When I burn, I get liver spots. I am hideous.