Reason Rally

March 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm 2 comments

On the National Mall, Washington, D.C.  Saturday, March 24th.

It was a spirited time even in the rain.  A lot of people delivered their A-game.  Tim Minchin was most often cited as a favorite.  His was certainly the most energetic performance.  (Anybody know how I can get his song out of my head?  …But a lovely ballad, that.) 

Speakers, entertainers and the whole bill of faire moved along with about 15 minutes each to do their thing.   Dawkins was sharp and none of the speakers seemed dampened by the weather. 

It was also interesting to see the promotions for various up coming secular meets.  Everyone I spoke to thought there are a lot more than there used to be.  We all concurred that that’s a good thing.  I hope there’s never a burn out factor with more meets than there’s interest in.  For now, these things do seem to give us a sense of community, energize us, and help to raise our profile.   That was the theme and urging of the Reason Rally–Come OUT.  Be visible.  Run for office.  Get involved.  We can stop hiding.  Do it not only for those who will come after, but for us, here and now.

Thanks to Dayton Freethought for organizing the jaunt for us.  I got to know a few more of their friendly faces and hope to know more and more as time goes by.(I sent my 20 bucks in.)  The Rally bus we were on broke down about 2:30 am Sunday morning–which ended the sleep period because it stimulated a lot of punchy wit from the bus-lagged crowd.   Fortunately, nobody thought to sing Tim Minchin’s song while we waited.  (I think I heard that on Youtube a while back. Maybe that’s why it’s sticking with me so much.)  A short five hours later, we were on the road again.

Anyway, it was all fun and for a good cause–OURS.

Our larger community is perking.  It’s exciting.  We have a future.  Let’s make it happen.




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  • 1. Ben  |  March 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I was on the same bus but from Cincinnati, we actually broke down at 1:30, and the rescue bus picked us up at 7:30. Have you been in contact with anyone at, to complain about the terrible service and any possible refund? Several people on the bus back to Cincinnati had quite an interesting conversion with the replacement driver about how bad his bus company is run and they should never take any trips over 150 miles with his company because they use sub standard buses. I believe the original bus was a late 1990’s model and the rescue bus was a 2002 model. All other bus companies in the Cincinnati area that travel distances greater than 500 miles, buy brand new buses every 5 years. It like renting a car with 200,000 miles to go on a long distance vacation.

    • 2. Douglas Falknor  |  March 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      The Dayton Freethought organizers probably have some contact numbers and might be interested in your feedback or if it was a local organization in Cincinnati, check in with them.

      I was in an early booking group at the $90 price tag. Somewhere in print it said the price would increase later. I guess we should have know better than that. The price was later reduced to fill the bus.

      A few of us were surprised to see the mechanic. We had sort of visualized a service truck, but he arrived in a black Chrysler 300, I think, with heavy window tint.

      It might be best to avoid that bus company in the future. I don’t know that you could rely on any promises they might make.


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