Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Overheard at Booth 2: The Egyptian Revolution

Darwin tells Lydia, "It's exciting what's happening in Egypt, don't you think? I mean, they're having a real revolution - like, a REAL one, with kicking out the oppressive government and everything, I mean, I keep hearing on the news all these guys talking about how Mubarak should go - I mean, this is some exciting stuff, right?"

Lydia says, "Well, yeah, I s'psoe so."

Darwin says, "Well, don't sound so overboard with excitement, right, OK?"

Lydia looks at her iPhone, says, "I keep seeing the tweets coming through, and that's cool, and yeah I saw online all this streaming video of guys on the street trying to crowd the camera, get their voice out, you know . . ."

Darwin says, "Yeah, that's what I'm talking about, that's what's so mind-blowingly cool - why aren't you stoked about all this?"

Lydia says, "Well, it's just that I don't see any women out there protesting. I don't hear them talking about women at all. I mean, what good is change if it's just going to be some young guys who keep women stuffed inside the house replacing some old guys who keep women stuffed inside the house."

Darwin says, "Really? Man, leave it up to a chick to spoil a perfectly good social revolution."

And Lydia, for the life of her, can't tell if he's joking or not.

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