It's Thursday afternoon around 1PM and I'm in my office working away when I start to hear some intermittent honking on Higgins Ave. I look out my window and see a half dozen people holding signs that say "Honk 4 Peace" with a peace symbol and "No Troops". There is even a little girl helping out. They are positioned on the corners of Higgins and Front encouraging people to honk.
So I go outside to watch these people for a while as I find it interesting and fascinating. The first thing that crosses my mind is where do these people work? Do they work? Perhaps this is their lunch break.
The second thing that crosses my mind is these people seem to think they are really doing something important. I can tell by their body language and their facial expressions that they think they are making a difference.
The third thing I noticed was how few cars really were honking their horns compared to how many did not. In the fifteen minutes I watched I counted about one honk in every six to seven cars. I would think that every other car would honk in support especially in downtown Missoula.
The fourth thing that crossed my mind was I bet they are waiting for media to come and take pictures and do interviews. As of 2:00, I hadn't seen any yet but I bet they will come and be featured in the Missoulian, Independent, and local TV news.
I was very amused watching how silly these people looked. Standing on a corner in Downtown Missoula in the rain holding cardboard signs encouraging people to honk if they are for peace and celebrating each time somebody does. They really think they are doing something important.
I really do love Missoula!