Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Thursday, January 27, 2005

"They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus..."

...well, not all, as many folks knew the world was round even in his day, but you know, they probably still laughed at what they thought was a futile endeavor. I bet people laughed at Morgan Spurlock endangering his health too, but look how that turned out. Now people are doubtless laughing at Jeff "Boom Boom" Tweiten as he queues up on a couch in front of the Seattle Cinerama theatre for the opening of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Even though there's nobody else on line. And the movie doesn't open for five more months. How is he supporting himself? From what I understand, Cafe Press doesn't return all that much, and being married to a graphic artist I can tell you there's not a lot of money in them there hills. Maybe notoriety helps (and he's looking for a book deal now). BoingBoing has been on the case for a couple days now, and my favorite bits in the Seattle PI article about him read:

"Coming out here and sitting and waiting -- embodying the anticipation -- I think people need to see that," Tweiten says. "Maybe they'll slow down. So many people are in such a hurry that they miss the savoring of time."
A whole community has developed around Tweiten's mission. His friends bring him changes of clothes, snacks and their company. Nearby businesses offer a bathroom, a shower or a warm cup of coffee. Passersby might laugh in amusement, shake their heads in wonder or strike up a conversation.

"Embodying the anticipation." Gotta love it. Even if he is a graphic artist.