this very moment, heartbeats before the first midnight of the first day of the obama nation, there are thousands of people in several groups walking and dancing and stopping large swaths of traffic on the streets of downtown seattle. they aren't throwing rocks, flipping the bird to police, or angry.
for the first time in decades, a spontaneous demonstration is happening that looks like mardi gras or new year's eve. music, laughter, cheering, smiling, happy people.
who'da thunk something like this would have happened even a few hours ago? vive la difference!