10.01.2011

October 1, 2011


White Dog and the others were resting on the porch. It was a perfect New Mexico autumn day, azure and pleasant. October had begun with a good omen, Albuquerque's 40th Annual International Balloon Fiesta Opening Ascension went without hitch at dawn with calm winds; we set the world record for most balloons launched in one hour, sending 345 hot air balloons into the sky from Balloon Fiesta Park. It is an amazing sight; one which the White Dog Army is excluded from because the noise of flaming propane being released into the canopy to raise the balloon is painful to pup's ears. They can appreciate the photos without torment.

As we sat (we live just down the street from the University and a half block from historic Route 66) we heard sounds that made the WDA uneasy but made me smile with memories of my youth. There was a protest march underway! YoYoMa nervously started pacing and Puff started barking as the bullhorn chant of "Hold Wall Street Accountable!" dopplerred closer and closer. I stood to usher the pups inside in order to ease their anxiety and noticed that Central (Route 66) was cordoned off by police in riot gear! Suddenly two helicopters could be heard overhead. I was curious and wanted to walk over to see but all of the White Ones were rattled by now. I stayed to reassure them and hand out distractionary duck jerky.

Michael came in from his volunteer work at the Museum and had all the news. There was a band of protesters carrying signs and shouting; the police were keeping them orderly and were dressed in riot gear...not that there was any indication of the march being anything other than ordinary. Michael was all abuzz and the pups not happy...fortunately our little sixties' moment was over within a half an hour as the action moved on or dispersed. By the time Steve got home from work, everything was calm again.

Over dinner we discussed the event. Michael wanted to make the protesters out to be lawbreakers and had a hard time understanding why civil dissent is sometimes a good thing. The Other White Dog went over and explained it in a way that made sense, "You must speak out against those things that you feel are truly wrong. Whether it is an abused dog or unfair banking practices, wrong is wrong. Being able to say that loudly in public to call attention to the problem is what makes our country better than most."

10 comments:

Mack said...

What a great post. My mom says she remembers the Vietnam protesters. Whatever that means!
Sunday Sugars,
Mack

Ginger Jasper said...

What an amazing sight that must have been. Magnificent..Hugs GJ x

Brian said...

As usual y'all have such keen insight! I love, love, love those balloons!!!

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, what a sight those balloons must have been. Too bad the propane is so loud, though. :(

We love the part where you explained why civil dissent can be a good thing. So true!

bbes tribe said...

Fantastic sight - all those balloons!! Beautiful!

We also liked the part where you explained that civil dissent can be a good thing...
Enrie,Sasha,Chica,Lucas & M Barb

Kari in Vegas said...

We love looking at the sky during air festivals

Kari
dogisgodinreverse.com

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We have a hot air balloon company not too far from us and we have seen as many as 10 balloons at one time - yours must have been an amazing sight.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

rottrover said...

TOWD is SO smart! I'd love to see those balloons!

Amber DaWeenie said...

This is a very good post today. It really makes one stop and think. I also remember the protests (and the riots)of the 60's. Times are really not that much different now.

Sagira said...

That is a lot of balloons! We have a balloon festival not to far from our house and one year the balloons got off route and ended up landing in our front yards! talk about up close and personal. :)