|How to Pronounce 23|
|Duration||1 min 30 sec|
|Published||1st Sept '13|
23 lasts for 1 minute and 30 seconds. For the first 1 minute and 15 seconds, The Announcer makes the following speech (a.k.a. the 23 Speech), after which there are 15 seconds of silence until the end:
- "What we were going to do had been done before, but never on this scale.
- Previous investments had succeeded in recentering so much value that we'd grown dependent.
- It was a rare, possibly unique instance of public and private cooperation. Imagine what that kind of dollar flow could do.
- Lots in East Free Trade built up. Libraries and fountains. Rail lines modernized. Streets alive with festivals. Rooftop gardens. Public pools, dry for decades, refilled overnight.
- I'd make enough in hazard pay to switch careers. We both would.
- I looked at listings for apartments we could share, in parts of the city I'd always wanted to explore.
- I priced out furniture, drew floor plans, imagined the gifts we'd give to new neighbors, imagined the food we'd eat in new places.
- I left these plans unspoken, waited to share them after the investment, after the deal closed, when we could live in public.
- Something is going to happen ... in 23 days."