There are a few groups of people who have extra time on their hands this morning: parents who are sending their kids off for the first day of a new school year, summer Olympians who are done with their press tours, and 9 to 5-ers who wisely took today off of work in advance, knowing their Labor Day hangovers would be intolerable.
Of these people, 2,000 are watching a live stream of an intersection in the Wyoming town of Jackson Hole. Additionally, so am I, because my job is to be a rapt observer of the internet and because I love this TV show with my whole heart.
The best part of any television viewing experience is of course, the dialogue surrounding the show. That's the only reason why I continued watching Mad Men after its second season, forcing it down every week like 42 consecutive minutes of zeitgeisty broccoli and brussels sprouts. Apart from the stray swastika and joke about "fapping," the dialogue surrounding "Jackson Hole Town Square" is pretty good. It's a lot of shouting "BUS" or "PERSON," but it has a much lower barrier of entry than Mad Men and you don't have to pretend to care about the lighting.
There are many other live streams of Jackson Hole, but none are so popular — presumably because they don't involve human activity and that's what we're all here for! Watching anyone go about their day in a nice and comfortable-looking place, inside their nice and comfortable cars, holding nice and comforting coffee travel mugs, is a joy. There is nothing I like better than watching hundreds of small things go as they should, and seeing someone else complete a basic task without incident.
Fall has come to Jackson Hole, and many of its avid fans note that car exhaust and human breath tend to linger in the air. There's a chill, but not an unpleasant one — we can see that pedestrians are comfortable in light sweaters or fleece jackets. We can also see a mountain, a porch with some hanging plants, and one of those really good traffic lights that specifically tells you when to make a left-hand turn, so that you don't have to use judgment. I love it.
My fellow viewers love it, too, and they especially love school buses, red trucks, and jaywalkers. Luckily for them, this is basically the Game of Thrones season six of live streams, in that the whole thing is fan service. They get everything they want, and that's really okay.
We've reached out to the good people who run the Jackson Hole live cams and will update if we hear back.