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Observation Essay

1508 words - 7 pages

Braxton Baker
4/6/14
SOC 101
Observational Notes

Cherry Blossom Festival

Time Long

4/14 -> 12:00-3:00

Notes

Clothing -- jeans, shorts, sweatpants, sunglasses, hat, dress, suit, camera, sneaker, handbags (it’s a warm spring and bright sunny day)
Walk slowly, wandering, running around, stopping and going. Marching, hiking. I seen many people roaming around and watch what other people do.
Some groups focus on taking pictures of the cherry blossom when other people were sight seeing of famous places
Every 10 sec cars drive by – Most of them had 2 or more folks
Family w/ small kids –little kids playing with kites, dad throws football to son, and family would play Frisbee ...view middle of the document...

Every spring, I look back on my life memories; I relive how my entire family on my mother’s side always goes shopping at producer-only farmers market near the festival. This area I'm attending to is completely different than any festivals & it has a lot of history that I haven't researched on yet. It begins on the 14th night of April 2014; standing outside, it was warm and unusually bright. Unexpectedly, I am distracted by this awful scent & I couldn't identity what it was, praying to a God that can allow this smell. I had no choice but to abandoned the area. I quickly took my navy blue 2006 civic to the Tidal Basin that is beyond the Gallaudet University area.
When I arrived the area was mysteriously loud rather than normal. And I know I shouldn't sit here typing with my back to the car door when I have so carelessly left it wide open in such a notoriously dangerous neighborhood that we call Washington D.C but I'm tired, and bored and I just can't be bothered to get up and close the door. As I look out, I can see the festival is set out with an interesting towering design, 3-D like shape building, which is the Tomas Jefferson Memorial. The spot of the architecture was phenomenal and Circular walking path, enables you to walk in a full circle around the water, checking out different Cherry Blossom trees in your path gives you a chance to check out the Cherry Blossom Festival tents that were set on the pathway nearby. The festival tents offer different types of food, as well as mementos from the festival for purchase, like t-shirts multitude of activities and cultural events. I choose to sit on a bench between the Ranger station and Sylvan Theater by the Washington Monument. My leading focus was on the people who actually came to the festival area.
I examined two sections of groups. The first group stayed in the field, and the second group walked the circular pathway near the Tidal Basin. Each section had over 3-10+ people. Quickly, I realized that each location has were basically the same but with different interest.
The first group I mention that stayed in the field near the Washington monument was mostly families with two or more children or teens. It did not matter if the couples were gays or lesbians; they still had at least 2 or more children. I assumed most families here was around 20s early and late 30s in age. Moreover, the families who were enjoying themselves in the field had all different type of race. I saw Japanese and Hispanic families communicated verbally, non-stop. I quickly examined them as hearing people. Some families brought blanket spread out, baskets full of sandwiches materials, fruits, & drinks typically water. Also, each other families would have a father/son or father/daughter time for fly kites; play catch with a football, Frisbee, and toys. Most older mans were dressed in business suit with jacket off. When some other would be in casual style in American way, wearing clothes such as jeans,...

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