Liberty Plaza’s breakfast is still not served by 10:30AM so Sarah and I must go off to our marcher meeting at McPherson Square without food. Someone is luckily handing out hot grilled cheese sandwiches and augratin potatoes there. The meeting is for NYCtoDC marchers who plan on continuing with an Occupy bicycle tour, but only 4 of us show up. This is the same group that just started planning together on Thanksgiving and it seems that things are already falling apart.
Sarah and I had spent a couple hours doing our “homework” yesterday, writing up a GA proposal for mobile groups, but it seems that nobody else did their homework.
Knowing that a tardy group will most likely never become organized enough for a bicycle tour, the few who are present at today’s meeting begin considering another walking march that could begin as early as this weekend. There are a few of us that are just not cut out for camp life, and we are the ones who will march, soon.
Sarah and I walk to the Smithsonian Museum of American History with Coligino, a marcher from Mexico who walked the entire route with us from NYC to DC. Located a couple blocks from the Washington Monument, the museum contains such national treasures as the Star Spangled Banner Flag.
I become lost from Sarah and Coligino in the labyrinth of historical displays and spend the day’s remainder uploading photos at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library and a Barnes and Noble Cafe. The library contains a secret homeless world comparable to that of LA’s central library, with bathrooms full of hairy men who whisper to each other under the toilet stalls.
I’m too late for Freedom Plaza’s pizza dinner, going to sleep hungry in my tent while listening to a strange man speak outside:
“The Korean mafia gave me a lobotomy with a Black and Decker drill to my forehead, then stuck a straw in the hole and scrambled the front of my brain like I was a pineapple. I was in a coma for ten years but God got even for me. That’s why all the wars are happening in the Middle East right now.”
This revolution stuff is exhausting.
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