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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-09 09:42 PM
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20. Nope. This is unprecedented.
Actually, what I keep on being reminded of is the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Berlin itself for two or three days people were giddy and joyous, crossing back and forth freely for the first time since the wall had gone up in 1961. But that was only one city. This time it's the whole world.

I was in DC for the Bicentennial Fourth, and that was wonderful. A million people were on the Mall to watch the fireworks, and for about an hour after they came to an end street traffic was at a complete standstill. There was a front page picture on the Washington Post next day showing thousands of people streaming across Memorial Bridge, taking up the entire width of the bridge. I lived in Alexandria, VA at the time, and simply started walking towards home. At National Airport I finally got a ride for the last mile or so to my place. I knew people who simply camped out on the Mall overnight and went home the next day.

Obviously, with this cold no one will do that. But the atmosphere in DC is just amazing. I almost wish I could be there.
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