I went downtown yesterday to the City County Building to receive a proclamation from Councilman Doug Shields. It was pretty awesome. As I stated in an earlier post, I really didn’t know what a proclamation was, or did, or how any of it worked. It turns that a proclamation is basically a way for the city council to call out groups and individuals for doing good things in/for the city. Aside from me the Graffiti Task Force, the League of Woman Voters (in celebration of their 90th anniversary), Jim T. Kunz Jr. (the county’s “Labor Man of the Year”), and Quantum Theatre also received proclamations.
The way it works is that the city councilperson who is sponsoring the proclamation calls you up in front of the council chambers (a beautiful room where the council meets – it also has seating for the public) reads a written statement about what you’re doing and how great it is, you get a chance to say whatever you want to say, you take pictures with the city council members while holder the proclamation (which is presented and displayed much the same way as a college degree would be), everyone claps, you feel awesome about yourself, then you go back to your seat.
The whole thing was really cool. Councilman Shields was great and said some really nice things about me and what I’m doing. It was the first time that I met him and was impressed by how nice and how thoughtful his remarks about me were. I really appreciated how much he seemed to really care and be interested in my walk. And, even more impressive, he isn’t stopping at just saying good job, he isn’t just talking the talk, but will be joining me for the beginning of my walk this Sunday at 7:00am and actually walking the walk too. I think that is awesome and will be honored to have him walking alongside me.
Probably the coolest part of the whole this is that the city council declared Sunday August 1st 2010 “Adam Brok Day in the City of Pittsburgh”(I have the documentation to prove it too and as soon as I figure out how to download pictures to my blog I can post a picture of the proclamation). I wasn’t expecting anything like that to happen. I only famous people like Hines Ward or Sidney Crosby got entire days dedicated to them, I guess they have much lower standards then I thought. All in all it was a really cool experience and I was really glad that my parents and younger sister got to be there and watch me receive it. And like I said, I’ll post pictures as soon as I figure out how.