Cleaning Up Trash

This whole tape thing has really escalated today. I find it amazing how the media has jumped all over what started out as sort of a flash mob prank by the Mercury, and turned it into an us vs. them issue. I’m planning on going to help pick up trash which is basically what they are planning on doing, and take some pictures. I’m actually a little bit apprehensive because now it’s turned into Portland vs. the Burbs, and I can picture a number of people storming the cleanup crew like angry villagers chasing Frankenstein’s monster. I am just really curious. I’m hoping the media coverage has actually motivated people to show up with sleeping bags, tents and coolers and camp out overnight. Maybe it might bring back some of the fun and sense of community that this parade is supposed to represent. But I’m sure I’m just being naive. I’ll make sure to wear some good running shoes.

We’ll see what happens.

6 Comments so far

  1. Justin (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

    Is it too late for someone to enter into the parade itself? I’d love to see a float made solely of all the tape, chairs, etc collected tonight…

    I haven’t been to the parade in the last couple decades and avoid the whole festival like the plague as a general rule, but even I would camp out overnight to see the looks of recognition on the faces of these morons as they noticed the familiar plastic chair pokin’ out the side of the tape float…


  2. Kai (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

    That’s brilliant. I think as long as you tossed on a few chrysanthemum petals, and some seeds you’d be able to enter. I think the theme should be “A Long Portland Tradition.”


  3. Himself (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

    You go, Kai! I’m with you all in spirit. Stay safe.


  4. badfetch (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    Oh, snap! That is hands-down the best idea I’ve heard throughout this whole issue. Good brain-thinking, Kai.


  5. mg (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

    I was wondering, if all those people decide to camp out instead of marking their spot with tape…where do they pee?


  6. Redheaded Stepchild (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 8:27 pm

    In the street, like any self-respecting bum.



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