The ‘dibs’ society (5×8 – 4/26/13)

This will be the last 5×8 for a week or so. I’ve got banked vacation time I’m required to burn.


Why do we claim ownership of things we don’t own?

This picture in the Bradenton Herald perfectly captures a disturbing trend.

(Photo: Grant Jefferies/Bradenton Herald. Used by permission.)

There are a dozen photos in the essay, all capturing preparations for the De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade on Saturday. The images, taken Wednesday, show people marking their turf for the parade.

I had never seen this done before — and certainly never four days ahead of time — until a parade in Lakeville

  • Jess

    I think my biggest question for No. 1 is: why on Earth do people love parades so much? I don’t get it at all.

  • andy


    That’s exactly what I was thinking…..

  • Laura

    In River Falls, WI people begin reserving seats for the parade at least 2 weeks before the actual event. It has been going on for years.

    It sucks because you have no chance of having a spot unless you reserve a seat too. I agree, it is a class-less move, so my daughter never gets to see the parade :(

  • Roger

    Added to my To Do list: Make an appointment for Be the Match.

  • Roger

    Darn. Too old, want marrow donors ages 18-44.

  • David

    Unless you are with a group of close friends calling dibs on the last piece of pizza, dibs is completely rude especially on a public right of way.

  • Chuck

    Agreed, it’s classless to “dibs” a parade spot. But it’s extremely difficult to ignore someone’s dibs. The last parade I went to, a family of four–mom, dad, two children–moved a corner of someone’s blanket that had been used for “dibs”-ing. When the dibs-ers returned to their blanket, a reasonably loud altercation ensued, and the family of four ended up moving. As a bystander, I feel I should have said something, but who wants to take a chance that the dibs-ers will pull out a gun or something? I’d be interested to hear whether other Newscut readers have had the guts to buck social convention and defy a dibs, and what the result was.

  • BJ

    I think this dibs thing started when they started handing out wristbands instead of making you stand in line for concert tickets.

  • David Wilford

    For the May Day parade in Minneapolis some people do claim spots along the street a few hours ahead of time, but most just show up and find one not long before the start. On the other hand, people claim prime spots to view the May Day show after the parade at Powderhorn Park early in the morning, so there’s some dibs being called there.

  • Kevin Watterson

    People dibs parade spots all the time. Ask anyone who works in politics, they’ll tell you.