Sunday, October 3, 2010

nothing bad happened

right: bink watching the tc marathon pass the basilica while collecting the archbip's anti-gay marriage dvds to turn into art
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0 people threw anything out of cars
0 people yelled mean things
0 people spat

1 camera battery (mine) died after 9 measly pictures

2 employees of the church brought coffee and donuts to us at 7 a.m., before the first mass

2 marathoners swerved out of their way as they ran past the basilica to hand over their dvds

3 people said they didn't like what we were doing (but not in a scary way)

4 media agencies sent reporters

9 hours I hope to sleep tonight to make up for a sleepless last nite

13 = years lived by the girl who wrote up, printed, and handed out a flier alongside us: "What can $1,000,000 do?" (the estimated cost of the 400,000 dvds)

25 people, at least, drove up and handed us dvds out their car windows

55 unasked for dollars donated

79 helpings of bemusement at hearing self, recently ranked "mildly pessimistic", declaim into a reporter's microphone:
"This is a done deal. Gay marriage won't happen here today, but it will happen tomorrow. This dvd is the desperate act of people trying to cling to the past."
...or word to that 100% optimistic effect

100? pounds, it seemed to me, the TV cameraman's steadicam weighed, when he left me pick it up

546 dvds handed over to DVD to ART

many hugs from people of all ages

some tears

countless expressions from friends and strangers (of all types!) of blessing, gratitude, interest, joy, faith, hope, and love to bink for offering a positive outlet for the jumble of feelings––dismay, frustration, hurt, grief, outrage, fatigue, and more––the dvd engendered

9 comments:

ArtSparker said...

Almost as if...the powers that be handed out a gift, just not the one they intended. Looking forward to hearing the ongoing story.

Manfred Allseasons said...

Well done, very well done.

yvette said...

how people change, start thinking...great!

momo said...

thank you!

Anonymous said...

Your photo of bink is 'way better than the one in the Strib.

Anonymous said...

kate says: yay! yay! YAY!!

Margaret said...

:)!!!

"This is a done deal"---my head automatically heard that bit in Kirk's voice.

And I think you're right; it's very silly, and getting sillier all the time.

Lill said...

"This is a done deal. Gay marriage won't happen here today, but it will happen tomorrow. This dvd is the desperate act of people trying to cling to the past."

Was that really the retiring-from- the-world Fresca on TV, no less?

I was in DC on the mall with about 150,000 other folks Sat., rallying for jobs, justice, and education. Basically "Jobs, not War". Mainstream media barely glanced in our direction.

I hope the clip on the DVD collecting will be posted online soon. Can't wait to see it!

Fresca said...

Thanks, all!

My quote didn't actually get used, but I said it.

Links to all the media coverage is on bink's blog, DVD to ART:
dvdtoart.blogspot.com