When I came across this post on The Awl about Union Square’s resident bagpiper, I just had to share it. One of the oddities of working in our office is that while we’re nine floors up with no windows actually facing Union Square, anything loud going on down in the park sounds like it’s happening in our file room. When there’s a rally or march or concert, we hear it. Rounds of IMs will ping around the office, everyone trying to figure out exactly what the protesters are chanting. Or which song has been played three times in the last hour. Or whether the person on the megaphone is hawking a product or inciting a revolution. With the odd acoustics, made stranger ever since they built a building across the street made up primarily of windows, we are a captive and often confused audience.
Yesterday evening was a perfect example. It sounded like angry hordes were invading 1 Union Square West, and I initially suspected a continuation of the previous evening’s Egypt rally, but it turned out to be a crowd of people waiting for a Lupe Fiasco event in the park…that turned out to just be this ad projected on the side of a building. (Far enough from where the crowd had mistakenly gathered that I could see it, but not them, from my desk.) From the sounds of it, the crowd had shown up expecting something a little more entertaining. Shame the bagpiper was nowhere to be found.
As Jim said when I sent him the bagpiper post, if you want to know what it’s like to work chez DGLM, just go play that clip on repeat for four hours. For a more authentic experience, while it’s playing ask a couple family members to go honk your car horn periodically and shout angrily and inarticulately at random intervals.