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September 7, 2008

RNC – Day 3

Filed under: Personal,Photography,RNC,Uncategorized — alexboerner @ 10:50 pm

Wednesday, Day 3, at the RNC was relatively calm for me, and it was just what I needed after the previous night. Tuesday was a strange night because within a half hour I went from being in the middle of a police action, in which I inhaled tear gas and was pepper sprayed, to eating dinner with my family at the Green Mill restaurant in St. Paul. I almost didn’t make it to dinner but I got some great help from a couple of protesters who let me use their phone (mine was out of juice) to call my sister-in-law to let her know where I was. She and my brother then picked me up on John Ireland Boulevard while I tried to circumvent the police lines and make it to our meeting place so we could go to dinner. We were 5 minutes late, but I think that was a victory. I got to see my ENTIRE immediate family and my cousin who came out to meet us. It’s always great to hang out with family. It’s even better when my mom has a couple beers, which she did. This time was just as much fun, but it was definitely an odd feeling sitting in a restaurant enjoying the time while knowing what had just happened downtown. The dichotomy between freedom and a police state became strikingly clear. At one point, footage from earlier in the night came on television and I saw myself running away from the police while sitting in the restaurant eating my meal.

I spent most of Wednesday hanging out in Rice Park where the light was beautiful and bouncing around between the tall, light colored buildings that acted like giant reflectors. It was nice to be able to slow down for a minute. On top of that I ran into a couple of friends from Minnesota who I haven’t seen in a while. Mentally it was a good day, and I made a few photos before heading into the Excel Energy Center just in time to hear speeches by Rudy “drill baby drill” Giuliani and Sarah Palin.

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