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Line up! It’s film festival week.

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Line up! It’s film festival week.

I tolerate waiting in line for very few things. Chief among those activities is flying. Then, I freely give myself to the airline system and become a mediating monk of tranquility. With flying, the path forward is out of my control and there is no rush. I find it best to sit back, chill out, stand, load, and disembark when told.

Another possibility where I mind-less waiting in line, is during the Traverse City Film Festival. For this, it isn’t the system that I give myself to, but rather the energy of our little town that for one week actually feels like a full-fledged city–A city with a pulse. People are out in public places and the shared experience of films, panels, food, discussions, and, yes, even the long lines become starting points for civility amongst friends, acquaintances and strangers alike.  Counter intuitively, even with all the action and energy, Traverse City becomes a slow city this week where people meander and wander between films. Park benches actually get used.  And, waiting in line is almost tolerable.

If you are a shy person not inclined to say hello to a stranger, this is a good week to try it. Actually, it is difficult not to meet someone new during TCFF week. Enjoy it.


EDITOR’S NOTE: MyWHaT will be on a hiatus for the next two weeks. The extra time will be spent watching movies, people watching, catching up on some reading (from the Lil’ Library), and in general celebrating summer–did you know it was August this week? Time to finish off the wish list of summer activities. 

See you at the movies or on a park bench between here and there. 


  1. Nancy Griesinger
    July 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

    You bet Gary! It’s a beautiful sight to see and even more interesting if you jump right in and participate. See you there!

  2. July 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Yes!! The energy in the air, and the conversations (often while standing in line) about the movies and other happenings, is my favorite part about the film festival. Enjoy your hiatus, Gary.

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