Thursday, October 15, 2009

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!

Returning from my school to my work today, without even trying, I practically ran into the Presidential motorcade. I work a stones throw from where they held today's town hall meeting, and when I found my usual route barricaded and thronged with police and onlookers, I detoured into the quiet nearby neighborhoods of Gentilly. But discovering that all possible alternative routes also barricaded, I finally gave up and waited it out, almost all by my lonesome—just me and the police officer manning the barricade and two old ladies with a video camera on a nearby stoop. And then zoom! zoom! zoom!—a whole bunch of black SUVs with pitch black windows and police motorcycles and all sorts of auxiliary vehicles with all sorts of flashing lights all moving at a fearsome clip. And then they were gone.

I was pleased.

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