Caroling, caroling, here we go
Instead of sending out a winter weather alert today (which was canceled shortly thereafter, I mean, come on, an advisory for a possible 1″ of snow?!), perhaps the Washington Post should have sent out a flash mob alert.
Because that’s what will happen this afternoon, at various Metro stations from 5 pm or so onwards.
I’m going to be one of what I suspect will be at least 100 people singing Christmas carols and holiday songs as folks wend their way home after work.
I’m sure at least some of us are going to be tweeting the fun, so follow #metrocarols if you can’t make it/are not in the area.
What surprised me
(and not a little) is the way the media who were apprised of the event have portrayed this.
NBC Washington, when it posted a blurb on the event, led with the headline, “Caroling Flashmob to Spread Cheer, Ruin Commute.”
And Glittarazzi predicted that commuters would “tap their toes” … “or get slightly annoyed.”
OK, that last part, I can see, since those are two possible outcomes of this.
But really, isn’t this supposed to be the season of good cheer?
And for NBC Washington to put those two words in their headline – “ruin commute” – strikes me as not just over-the-top, but downright mean.
Granted, with Metro’s ups and downs, it doesn’t take much to ruin one’s commute.
Repair work? Check.
Station closures? Check.
Escalators out of service? Check.
But a bunch of people singing a few holiday songs, appearing and then disappearing just as quickly?
If anything, that would put a smile on my face, particularly if I’d had a bad day.
This is the one time of year we’re supposed to be a little more gracious, generous and forgiving… though, frankly, there’s absolutely no reason for any of that to disappear once the holidays are over.
It seems some of our local media can’t even do that.
It’s almost as if they’re waiting, just waiting for something to go wrong. So that they can shake their fingers and exclaim triumphantly, “See? We told you so!”
You know what I have to say to you, NBCW?
Bah, humbug. Stop playing Scrooge and Cratchit it up for a change.
Image: Peter Lee via Flickr, Creative Commons
I will be UStreaming the caroling as we stop at each station. UStream will automatically post an update to my twitter, http://twitter.com/defineamber, when I begin livestreaming and provide a link to watch.
Here is the link to my UStream account if you want to follow straight from there – http://www.ustream.tv/user/defineamber
P.S. I LOVE Christmas and am so glad we are doing this! DC needs to lighten up! :) #MetroCarols
So, as it turned out, I wasn’t able to make it, because we lost power a couple of hours before the fun was due to begin. :( Will I still be able to see it on your UStream, Amber?
Due to all the negative media attention, they asked that I not livestream it. It remained a small group and was a lot of fun! It aired on WUSA9 at 11pm that same night. I’m sure you can go to their site and check it out there :)
I’ll do that, Amber. Thanks!
Wow! Scrooge is right. I wish I could be there to listen, enjoy and probably join in. I’m sure that’s what the vast majority of folks will do. Who knows, maybe the media folk will too.
Mary, I think we should send them all to Alaska so that 1) they can experience “real” winter and 2) you can set ’em all straight!
First of all, I think those same commuters probably felt they had their ride home “ruined” by Joshua Bell, too… that is until they got home, saw the video, and forwarded it to their friends to make fun of the other hypocrites.
Second, videotaping it is necessary to ensure the “lack of ruined commute” is captured on film.
Third, is someone going to Ustream the event? Might be an interesting way to get a little more exposure.
Finally, Bah Humbug media!
LOL. Thanks, Bryan.
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I completely agree. What is with the media these days? Such a shame… I think this is a great idea. Why don’t you film it – especially the smiles on people’s faces and then email the station?