I like to say, it's weird being me
sometimes. Whenever anything major happens, everyone has their
own way of remembering it, and perhaps even memorializing it,
with souvenirs, scrapbooks, photos, and journals all being classic
ways of noting the passage of really big events.
But for me, ever since we published my time travel game Chrononauts,
Linchpins and Ripplepoints are all I can think about when history
unfolds before our collective eyes. That was my first thought
when I was woken up on the morning of 9/11, and I even created
a card design that
very week. When the Columbia crashed to Earth in
2003, I wondered, "Will this become a Timeline moment?"
All through the Bush years, I've viewed the many results of his
actions through the filter of questioning, "What would be
different if the voting had been swayed in Florida (or on the
Supreme Court) in the year 2000?"
So on Tuesday, as I gathered with friends and neighbors to
watch history happen, and listened to the stories of other friends
who went downtown just to be there in person, I rejoiced in the
change that has come to America, and I also constantly wondered,
"How will this, and whatever else it leads to, fit into
my next Chrononauts game?"
Anyway, this week's event is obviously Timeline-worthy, and
I wanted to remember it suitably, so I made up a card design.
(But don't get excited, this isn't a product announcement --
I'm still about 23 events short of a new TimeLine.)
To pre-emptively answer a couple of other questions:
- If anything else TimeLine worthy happens in 2009, this could
be changed to be a 2008 card dated November 4th. But the inauguration
seems to have been more of the "Where were you when it happened"
day to me, so everything else that happens this year has a hard
act to follow.
- If the 1974' patch were in place, President Obama would be
at best the second black president, but because of how the Time-Space
Continuum holds history together in weird ways, those events
do not ripple the history of this week. (Note that the King presidency
occurred because Nixon chose MLKjr as his replacement VP as a
political stunt and King took office only because Nixon was subsequently
removed, so Obama still becomes the first black man elected
to the presidency.)
- The 2009' patch for this Ripplepoint would be "Hillary
Clinton Becomes First Female President". Duh.
Hail to the Chief!
other news, we said farewell to our
office temp Nikki this week. She's got a big course-load
in school this semester, and she decided she needed to cut back
on the part-time work so that she could focus on her studies.
But we enjoyed having her help, and we wish her lots of success
in the future!
Thanks for reading and have a great whenever!