Today is a good day for America. Regardless of your politics, I think you've got to at least be able to admit that it feels nice that one glass ceiling (of hopefully many more to come) has officially been shattered. And there's nothing in the world that can possibly take that away from us. Tomorrow, we can all go back to being partisan and hating on one another. But — just for tonight — it'd be nice if we could all just feel positive for what this means about our country.
I don't want to belabor this, but I'd feel bad if I didn't at least mention that one year ago this past weekend, Jason Toogood — an incredibly intelligent, viciously funny, disarmingly empathetic and genuinely kind person who I was lucky enough to have as one of my very closest friends (actually more of a brother) — died suddenly in his apartment while he was still only in his thirties. All the good things that have happened in this past year have been tempered by the deep sadness of knowing that I wasn't able to share them with him. Especially since I know how excited he would have been for them.
I can't think of anything I'd rather do than head back to Philly this weekend and discuss everything with with him while drinking about seven pints (each) at Twelve Steps Down around the corner from his apartment.
Obviously, I can't do that. But, tonight, it'd be impossible for me to not have him in my thoughts.
I'm sure that a great many — if not all — of us have at least one person that we wish could be sharing tonight — and everything it represents — with us.
So, let's all go out and drink about seven pints (each) with them in our thoughts.