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livvy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 08:32 PM
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20. You can also get poked in the ear, or just end up getting the runoff...
Edited on Thu Jul-20-06 08:34 PM by livvy
if you're standing just in the right spot. :D

The closest I've ever seen people come to blows over umbrella offenses was at a rally for Edwards during 2004. It was just drizzling really, but there were these two ladies with the perfect hair and make-up who insisted on having their umbrellas protect them. People behind them couldn't see, and one guy asked them politely to take them down, if not right away, but at least when Edwards came out. They were very rude to the guy, who remained polite, but insistent.

I was standing next to these ladies and they kept chatting and laughing, bobbing, tipping, and turning those damn umbrellas all around. I kept ducking to avoid getting poked, but it was so crowded there was no way to avoid the runoff. Other people around them were having the same problems, so they started telling the ladies to ditch the umbrellas, too.

Well, these ladies were having none of it. They were getting louder and more petulant with each complaint. The crowd was getting uglier. The first guy who complained was nearing his flash point, and began to get more irate, actually threatening physical assault on the umbrellas if they didn't get rid of them. I have to give him credit. He was still focused on the offending umbrellas, and hadn't yet threatened physical assault on the ladies themselves. Not so with some others nearby.

I really began to be concerned there might be some type of altercation.
I hadn't said anything at this point, just kept dodging the prongs and drips as best as I could, but like I said, the atmosphere was getting ugly. I really wanted to see and hear Edwards. I knew if an umbrella riot broke out that would not happen, because it is my lot in life to be the only one injured when there is the slightest opportunity for injuries to occur. At the very least, I figured I would end up very muddy, so I tapped the lady closest to me, smiled and quietly queried, "Why are you being such a stubborn jackass about this? Just put the umbrellas away."
She stared at me like I had just hatched from an egg, and still had yolk on my face. Her face kind of twitched a bit as she processed my comments, and then just simply said, "No. We'll put them down when Edwards comes out."

Well, surprisingly, true to her word, they did take them down when he came out, but not right away. They made us all wait just a bit, I guess to show us all that it was their idea and not because they were trying to be considerate or anything. I think it was too hard for them to clap and hang on to them at the same time.

The moral of the story is that umbrella devotees are a serious bunch and should not be dealt with lightly.


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  - And If You Can't Stand Art Fair, You Have Until Tues. Night To Escape!  Demeter   Jul-16-06 05:09 PM   #1 
  - Oh, I thought about the Celtic Festival  1gobluedem   Jul-17-06 08:06 AM   #3 
  - Good points.  livvy   Jul-17-06 07:20 AM   #2 
  - Have fun, livvy  SharonRB   Jul-17-06 08:07 AM   #4 
  - Great point about the umbrellas  1gobluedem   Jul-17-06 09:35 AM   #5 
  - You know it's Art Fair week because the temps are over 90  noonwitch   Jul-17-06 09:47 AM   #6 
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  - But how do you REALLY feel? :-)  1gobluedem   Jul-18-06 08:25 AM   #8 
  - One more about parking.  jeanarrett   Jul-18-06 02:08 PM   #9 
  - Anyone go yet?  skipos   Jul-19-06 03:45 PM   #10 
  - Wow! Those are really spectacular!  jeanarrett   Jul-20-06 08:16 AM   #12 
  - I like the weddings and quilts  1gobluedem   Jul-20-06 08:18 AM   #14 
  - Not going to make it this year.  livvy   Jul-20-06 08:45 PM   #21 
  - Go? After all those dire warnings?  LisaM   Jul-19-06 07:19 PM   #11 
  - So much better to be stuck there though, rather than say in . . .  jeanarrett   Jul-20-06 08:17 AM   #13 
  - You can also get poked in the ear, or just end up getting the runoff...  livvy   Jul-20-06 08:32 PM   #20 
     - One last note on the near umbrella riot...  livvy   Jul-22-06 10:52 AM   #38 
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  - Those sound lovely  1gobluedem   Jul-20-06 10:04 AM   #16 
  - The A&W Festivals were all very well attended. Throngs of people.  TahitiNut   Jul-20-06 10:25 AM   #17 
     - I don't think anyone is 'afraid' of crowds who goes to Art Fair  1gobluedem   Jul-20-06 10:35 AM   #18 
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  - Those huge strollers are an issue  LisaM   Jul-20-06 12:06 PM   #19 
  - Only one more day, right?  livvy   Jul-21-06 07:08 PM   #24 
     - Hey, roomie  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 07:50 PM   #25 
        - Nope. I got a recorded message from Kerry and Granholm, but that's it.  livvy   Jul-21-06 08:01 PM   #26 
           - Did you only get one about the rally, but not the thing at Marie's?  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 08:05 PM   #27 
              - Right, just about the rally. I haven't heard anything about after it.  livvy   Jul-21-06 08:10 PM   #28 
                 - Maybe it's just an Oakland County thing?  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 08:15 PM   #29 
                    - Good questions, and I don't have an answer for any of them!  livvy   Jul-21-06 08:19 PM   #30 
                       - There's a Michigan Dem site  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 08:41 PM   #31 
                          - I found this...which is exactly what you found...so nevermind...duh!  livvy   Jul-21-06 08:57 PM   #32 
                             - LOL -- Google is your friend!  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 09:00 PM   #33 
                                - I just did. Want to plan on going?  livvy   Jul-21-06 09:11 PM   #34 
                                   - Tentatively, absolutely!  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 09:26 PM   #35 
                                      - Ok, now that we have totally hijacked this thread...sounds good!  livvy   Jul-21-06 09:29 PM   #36 
                                         - That we did!  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 09:32 PM   #37 
 

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