Thursday, January 20, 2005

Celebration balls and the Western civilization

When I decided to cut through the convention center area, I didn't remember the celebrations of the day. I'm on my way to pick up my friend S., before heading out to a movie. I'm not late so the inching traffic does not bother me. I just watch as tens of men and women in tuxedos and gowns are walking pass my car.
I see the door of the car next to me opening. A woman wearing a very thin, silky, burgundy dress exits and hurries toward a large gathering in the middle of the plaza.
It's below freezing and I marvel at her ability to impose her will onto the local weather, as if it just didn't apply to her, as if to say: "cold are for the other people. The ones that don't get invited to fancy balls. I just declare this to be a heat wave and it will be".
A bystander, bundled up with only his eyes somewhat visible, is also looking at the woman, his head shaking in total disbelief. A small sign next to him shows an arrow pointing left with the words "Committee on Western civilization".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Committee on Western Civilization had the best party of them all. Their annual Viennese Waltz is coming up on February 19.

5:12 AM  

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