Friday, January 26, 2007

Hey Troll

I had some real good friends in Boulder. Met lots of nice people.

Boulder was a lot like Anchorage in that most everyone is there from somewhere else and is as open to talking to strangers as you are. There's usually a bit of activity in their lifestyle and some outdoor action too.

You have me intrigued. Who are you? Click on my yahoo e-mail link and e-mail me if you don't want to tell all of blogdom who you are.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Oh, Say Can You See...

Friday night I went to a collegiate hockey game. When the teams lined up to sing the national anthem, the wireless mic the singer had failed.

The crowd waited, but soon the impatient started singing. Soon the whole stadium was singing the national anthem with no overpowering PA burying the voice of the people.

I still get goosebumps thinking about it. Holy is not the right word to describe the atmosphere but it comes close. Some people seemed hesitant to sing, but our voice carried and grew, as those of us who knew the words led those near us who didn't. I believed I glimpsed the strength of America, the goodness that unites us, the joy that comes from personally lifting this country up as we remind ourselves of things usually taken for granted.

Then the PA system kicked in and some mediocre singer on a stadium sound system drowned us out. Busy life took over. The media wonks should have just left it off.