this is the reason i'm so happy about last night...

Sometime around 11:30 Tuesday night, the cheers could be heard reverberating across downtown Ann Arbor, steadily growing louder and louder.

An impromptu parade that started on the University of Michigan Central Campus wound along downtown streets as hundreds of students - joined by passersby and others who spilled out of bars - joyously celebrated the election of America's first black president.

"I've never seen anything like it," said Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, who was at an election party at Arbor Brewing Co. on Washington Street, celebrating his own victory for a fifth 2-year term. "You could hear them coming and then half the bar went outside and followed along."

That's unbelievable. It's quite heartening to see that we are still one nation. I read quite a few of these stories about random folks high fiving each other, free hugs, all that. The night's intensity matched that of 9/11; and I think may have helped us get over that event and the preceeding 6 years.