so i feel like it's a shame that i don't like football, because the Superbowl is one day a year that everyone seems to drop what they're doing to all rally around the same event, regardless of what side they take.
tonight as a flew back from my worst vacation ever, i liked that the pilot would come on the intercom to announce the score, and the plane would react en masse to his announcements. i got off the plane, and thought it was weird that everyone in the terminal was gathered around this one Mexican restaurant that is usually empty, leaving the Starbucks next door deserted. then i realized they were all watching the TV. and something big was happening. everyone had stopped what they were doing, and were cheering or yelling (depending on their affiliation) and watching the game. the barristas had left the counter and gone over to the Mexican place. as i kept walking, all the places with TVs had crowds, and i was leaving just as the game ended. i liked that people had stopped working, put down their phones, and just taken a few minutes to share a common experience. i was slightly tempted to join in. maybe if i didn't feel like walking death i might have.
its been years since i've gone to a Superbowl party, or even watched the game on TV. i usually go to a movie. but next year i think i might go to a Superbowl party. not because i care about the game but to share in that common experience. to know that i'm doing what everyone else is doing at that moment.