The room itself was inviting, with colonial-style wallpaper, tightly made beds, a desk, and a couple of chairs. The photographs on the wall were of the historic area and kept me in the mood for exploring my American roots.
I wondered about a sticker that I found on a light pole. While I understand that Colonial Williamsburg is where the Revolutionary War was born, I suspected that this sticker - "REVOLUTION IS TRADITION" - was placed there from some modern, rebellious group.
It didn't take much of a search to find that the organization is "perhaps the most active white supremist group in America". That's a jolting realization bit of information. In a place where a revolution was born to gain freedom, we have to acknowledge that the revolution this group and others are promoting is one that suppresses the freedoms of some of our citizens. While revolution is not always a bad thing, revolution does not have to equal hatred and prejudice.
The message in the video below repeated for a full thirty minutes before being turned off. A firefighter in the second-floor window waved to us, and we assumed it was OK to reenter the building, where a nice pillow was awaiting my head neatly planted in its fluffy-soft center.
Some folks were dragging at breakfast later that morning, but I seemed to have taken everything in stride even texting my pictures to Former Principal Bozarth with a message: "Our 3am wake-up call. Life is an adventure." After he responded with, "That's a rude awakening...," I texted him, "Hang around with me and you get to experience real life."
As a matter of fact, I do. These little features that pop up really add flavor.
Read the account of hitting the runway and falling masks.
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