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Because Stuff Happens Here (And You Might Just Be There To See It)


October 19
The Mets’ Endy Chavez robbed the Cardinals’ Scott Rolen of a two-run homer in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.

I was in the third row of the left-field bleachers. It was pretty much dead silence as soon as Rolen hit the ball. At first I thought it had gone over and my heart just sunk. But then I saw everyone on the entire third-base side of the stadium jump up. That’s when we knew he got it. It was absolutely the best catch I’ve ever seen. I started jumping up and down going, “Oh my God, oh my God.” My girlfriend and I were hugging everyone around us. A teenage kid got up on someone’s shoulders. I didn’t even notice that he threw the ball back to first for the double play.
—Chris Chapma, 22, Nabisco merchandiser

November 5
Lance Armstrong finished the New York City Marathon.

With about a quarter-mile left, I heard this intense cheering. For a split second, I thought maybe they were going nuts for me, but I look over my shoulder and there’s Lance Armstrong and his entourage. He came up on me like a train and scared the hell out of me. For a second I thought, Well, that’s cool, I’m going to finish with Lance Armstrong. Then I thought, Wait, he might beat you, so I took off. I crossed the line, looked up at the camera and smiled, and then looked over my shoulder and watched him finish right after me. There was no way I was going to let a cyclist beat me.
—Neil Powell, 39, advertising-and-design creative director

November 7
Britney Spears went ice-skating at Rockefeller Center the day she filed for divorce.

We had just walked into the Rock Center Café, and someone told me that Britney was on the ice. And I said, “That’s not funny. Don’t play with my emotions.” But they were like, “No, really.” I was freaking out. Everyone was pressed up against the glass, looking. The waiters and waitresses just stopped working. It looked like time had frozen in the room. There were some women in there old enough to be my mom who were just as excited as I was. A couple photographers snapped pictures over my head with their long lenses, and by the time I got home, they were already on the Internet.
—Christina Schillizzi, 26, marketing manager

November 7
The Democrats took the House and Senate.

At eleven o’clock, it was clear we’d taken back the House, and Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel, Harry Reid, and myself were going downstairs to address the crowd at the Hyatt. As I’m leaving, I find out we’re down 11,000 in Virginia, and my expert on Virginia says, “We just don’t have the votes.” So we’re ready to go on and I’m trying to seem as exuberant as I can, but without Virginia, we couldn’t win the Senate. All of a sudden, a big cheer goes up, and I figure it’s because Nancy is coming out, but Harry says, “No, no! Look at the TV!” James Webb had just gone ahead by 1,000. Right there I said, “We’re going to win!” We went back up to the suite and saw that we were ahead in Montana and saw Missouri declared. Harry kissed the television. We waited for the official results until four or five in the morning, but it was that moment when I saw Virginia that I knew.
—Senator Charles Schumer, 56, chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee


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