Taking It Down A Notch

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It seems that this October, I’ve been spending as much time in D.C. than I have in Manhattan. There was a special occasion for my second trip to the capital of course: Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear. For some crazy reason, I don’t really follow Stewart’s exploits on “The Daily Show”, but being the young liberal I am, I eventually heard about the rally he proposed: “A Million Moderate March”.

I wasn’t planning on attending until I read that the newspaper The Huffington Post chartered buses to take eager New Yorkers to D.C. My friends Lindsey, Claudine, and I made our free reservations, and early on the morning of 30th, we piled into a cab bound for Citi Field. By the time we got there, just after 5, it was a chilly madhouse. No one had any idea what was going on, until there was a sudden rush to get in line for the security checkpoint. By some stroke of luck, we managed to get on the second Huff Post Bus to leave Queens, and we were on our way to Washington.

We got to RFK Stadium ahead of schedule, just before 11. That  gave us just over an hour to make it to the National Mall before The Roots and John Legend were set to perform. Not only did we manage to get to the Mall early, but we got decent spots among the crowd. And by “decent”, I mean we were within set of the third set of television projections. We didn’t realize until our trip back, but we were really fortunate to make it to the rally on time. Some buses from the HuffPost didn’t get in until one o’clock, well into the rally.

A lot of people have asked me what the rally was all about. It’s pretty hard to explain. For the most part, the rally consisted of musical performances and comedic sketches. There was, however, serious social commentary going on. I’ll admit, there was a liberal bias to most of the messages, but the overall point was that people need to be rational, politicians need to compromise, and we need to accept that we’ll always have differences, but that doesn’t make the other side evil or anything. Honestly, it was a great message that I think this country needed to hear. It was an unforgettable experience being in D.C. and being among hundreds of thousands with high hopes for the U.S. There were an estimated 215,000 people in attendance!!

If there’s one thing you’re going to take away from this post, it should be this, Jon Stewart’s message:

Here are some of the pictures I took during the rally:

Claudine, Lindsey, and me.
The Roots
John Legend
Picture of a picture: the crowd
Jon Stewart
Yusuf Islam (previously known as Cat Stevens)
O'Jays singing "Love Train"
Sheryl Crow

My friends and I were all so glad we had a chance to attend the rally. It was an incredible experience, and hard to put into words. And it’s one more thing to check off my college bucket list: attend a protest. Did any of you attend? One of my friends from high school flew up to Connecticut and drove done from there! He wrote a great play-by-play on the rally here. Are you guys fans of “The Daily Show”? And did you agree with Stewart’s message?

~ Sarah

*throwback post 🙂

Link Love

This week’s Link Love is pretty extensive. It’s a collection of way too many articles and blogs that caught my attention during my hiatus. Enjoy!

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A moving, introspective column by Roger Ebert on the internet and  all the lonely people.

Via Fashion Smashion, really cool things you didn’t know about sleep.

For my fellow New Yorkers, 50 reasons to love living in the City– perfect for those days when you miss the subway.

I’m not the biggest fan of fan, but this post made me re-evaluate autumn.

For all those techies out there, did Apple kill the CD?

The South and football: even debates over mascots get intense.

Really cool, creepy and beautiful abandoned ruins.

Life lessons we can learn from Thelma & Louise.

It’s only the second week of November, but it’s never too early to make Oscar predictions.

The election is over (and if you follow me on Twitter, you know not to get me started), but this statement about women and politics released by Congressional candidate Krystal Ball still resonates.

An ode to terrible school photos– awesome.

And finally, you can read my first-ever theater review on the Broadway musical Brief Encounters here.

Video Love 

“Falling Slowly” from the movie Once is just one of those mellow, melancholy songs I can listen to on repeat. Perfect for a rainy day. 

With all the recent press coverage on bullying, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made this video to remind people that “tomorrow will be better”.

It all started with a mouse, and an adorable one at that. (Side note: did anyone else see lots of Minnie Mouses this Halloween? Just me?)

What not to do during a live newscast. At least at Fordham Nightly News, we’re better than this!

I love the latest Sara Bareillis video, King of Anything. The song is fun and catchy, and her outfits are pretty awesome.

Which links are you loving this week?

~ Sarah

Link Love

Hey everyone! I know I’ve been really inconsistent this past month, but that’s just how college is sometimes. I do have posts lined up for this week, so stick around- there’s good stuff coming up, promise! Plus, I finally bought myself a new memory card so my camera is back in action. Things are looking up 🙂 Enjoy this week’s Link Love! ♥

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From my campus paper The Ram, an overview on the 3-D trend in Hollywood. Personally, I was over it before Avatar even came out.

In honor of the opening of Easy A (which I really, really want to see!) here are some life lessons from high school movies.

College Fashion recently completed it’s series on fashion inspired by one of my guilty pleasures, Pretty Little Liars. You can see the all the style posts here. (P.S. Is anyone else hooked like me? I can’t wait until the show comes back in January!)

Also from College Fashion, how to be spirited and stylish at football games! How do you girls, do it?

A great guide on how to transition from summer to fall, fashion-wise. Perfect during for this weird weather we’re having up in the city.

History + Facebook = Hilarity.

Video Love

So when I interned this summer I had the chance to appear in a campaign ad for my candidate, Kendrick Meek. It was finally released a few weeks ago. Brownie points to those readers who can spot me!

On a completely unrelated note, I’m pretty sure that every girl out there can relate to Kate Nash’s honest lyrics. Check out her quirky video for “Kiss That Grrrl” As some of you may know, Kate Nash had a YouTube competition asking fans to create their own video inspired by “Kiss That Grrrl”. You can see my friend Isabela‘s winning entry here.

Florence + The Machine’s performance was probably the one good thing about the VMAs. The song “Dogs Days Are Over” has been stuck in my head since the trailer for Eat, Pray, Love came out.

Yet another promising movie adaptation of a book I haven’t read. I’m such a slacker.

Have you guys read the reviews for The Social Network?? It appears as if this fictionalized account of the start of Facebook may be the movie of our generation. I’m not sure if I buy into that yet, but if you see this movie, please tell me how it is!

And finally just for kicks, here’s a spoof trailer on a Twitter movie.

Which links are you loving this weekend?

~ Sarah