What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Monday, April 23, 2012

Two Thoughts about the Memorials on Mall

Both of which have to do with the people, not the memorials themselves.

One, the memorials are way more crowded than they appear to be in the movies. There are people, almost literally dripping off of them. The steps of the Lincoln Memorial were packed with a mass of humanity. And they great part about that is the diversity of people there. I hear German, Japanese, Korean (I'm pretty sure), Russian, Italian, and a slew of other languages. About the only languages I didn't hear were any African Languages. People were still amazed by the Lincoln statue. There was for moments, and almost reverence about approaching it.

And then there were the other times. When I couldn't walk around without stepping into someone's photo of their kids, parents, family, friends, class groups, etc. Eventually to get the closeup photos I just barged ahead, because they were just taking so long. I just wanted to shout, "You aren't a damn fashion photographer, the image isn't going to get better by waiting longer, take the damn picture and move on." No, really, taking two minutes to focus (with point and shoot cameras, or cell phone cameras), way too fucking long. The people asking, "which button," okay, I can kind of understand. Somewhat. But all you all are blocking the rest of us. Also, posing? No, really, you aren't fashion models. I've worked with fashion models, and with fashion shoots, you aren't close. Just saying.

Maybe a third thought. All you geeks taking photos with your iPads? You aren't fooling anybody. The iPad camera stinks. You're just doing it because you think you're impressing the rest of us (including the people taking photos with their cell phones that were just excuses to flash their expensive iPhones and Androids).


Random Michelle K said...

To be honest, that is why we planned our weekend visit in very early spring. It made a huge difference to me to be able to see the monuments without tons of people, but instead like this: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/random_michelle/6831448820/ made a huge difference to me, and let me enjoy the monuments without being freaked out by the crowds.

So you can see the mall without it being overcrowded, you just have to do it when it's colder (and perhaps on a weekday.)

Steve Buchheit said...

Unfortunately our trip schedule was dictated by 1) hearing about the show late and 2) not being able to go this weekend or two weekends ago. If it weren't for the idiots with cameras, I wouldn't have had a problem with the crowds, they weren't tight enough, or had that vibe, that triggers my normal crowd phobias. Although the boy scout troop we ran into BOTH FREAKING DAYS was a little bit of annoyance, and people did stupid people things (maybe I'm mellowing in my old age that other people's lack of situational awareness wasn't an issue for me), but I didn't get the "must get out or I might start killing people" feelings.