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July 24, 2004

A Pre-Convention Nighttime Stroll In Boston

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Elisabeth and I spent much of the beginning of our first full day in Boston relaxing and getting situated. The next few days are going to be non-stop activity and our flight up here was a joy to behold (sarcasm alert). She and I both have always loved Boston and have been itching to get back up here for a few years. Going to the DNC is incredible... having it in Boston is the icing on the cake for the two of us.

This evening we headed out to get our bearings for the coming days and, more importantly, to hit a few of our favorite spots. I took my camera along and captured a few scenes to share some of the mood and flavor of Boston in the pre-convention days.

This is definitely a Kerry/Edwards town. I don't think I've seen a single BC'04 sticker or sign anywhere. On the other hand, I've lost count of the sheer number of Kerry/Edwards signs, stickers and buttons I've seen on cars, in shop windows or on people's clothing. Plenty of folks were also out tonight expressing their distaste for the current admin in their own little ways (see the photos).

From the delegation hotel, we took the green line to Government Center just in time to hit the 8PM inauguration of the new travel guidelines for convention week. Our train terminated there, several stops shy of the normal end of the green line. While others got new transfers to shuttles outside, we were close enough to the North End to do the rest on foot as night was beginning to fall.

I took a moment to snag a couple of shots of the Fleet Center as we made our way to Hanover Street with dessert on our minds. While Elisabeth enjoyed some fried calimari from a vendor in a street festival, I took a moment to take some pictures of a Compagna T-Rex parked outside of a restaurant. Shortly thereafter its supposed owner came out and drove off with a roar that seems to support the website's claim of 0-60 in 4.1 seconds.

Our last stop was Mike's Pastry for some cannoli and whatever else looked tasty and dietarily suicidal. The place was a zoo which, I imagine, is no shock on a Friday night. The Kerry/Edwards signs in their windows spoke to the owners' Democratic ties, as did the photo of Bill Clinton inside that I've seen on past visits. Word has it he doesn't come to Boston without stopping in for a Cannoli. I don't blame him one bit... I ate mine while perusing tonight's photos for this entry.

Laura is due to arrive tomorrow and we'll start hooking up with the DPV staff at the hotel. For the next few hours, though, I plan to follow Elisabeth's lead and zonk off for what is left of the night... :)

Posted by amahler at July 24, 2004 01:59 AM

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Hey Aaron and Elisabeth,
We are following you guys here and WORKING hard too. We registered voters at a Hillcats game and stuffed 2,000 solicitation letters to help pay for the headquarters!

Have a blast and stay safe!

Posted by: martha at July 24, 2004 05:02 AM

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