The morning of the rally we didn't rush to get there before the crowds or the insanity. In fact we left the house at 9 rented, rented a van and stopped to get food on our way to DC. Now I will admit I am so anal about time and schedules but this was really nice. Sure we didn't get the rally when it started and we missed about an hour and a half of the festivities but so what?! We hopped in our van and blasted 80's music. We swapped stories and got really excited to be a part of the rally.
One of the cool things about modern technology and the companies who use it is even when you're miles away you can still be a part of something. We streamed the rally though our van speakers on the ride up. So truly we didn't miss anything.
When we took the metro into DC and it was still packed with rally goers.
I even got to check into FourSquare and got 6 badges in the process! ;-)
As we stood in the National Mall we snapped pictures and compared rally signs me and my friends actually had a few people ask to take pictures of our shirts! We also were stopped by a news crew for Philly.com and were interviewed!
In later news reports I read that I was one of over 200,000 people. That alone made the trip worth while! I don't know if Jon Stewart got his point across- that in reality we are civil people who get along for the most part no matter what we believe- but I do know for that moment in time there were thousands of people getting along just fine.