June 12, 2004

Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention is coming soon to a city near you, if you’re near Boston. This throws a little havoc into our summer plans, but I was wondering whether any of you folks with closer proximity to Boston are being stymied by Democratic National Convention preparations.

Alternately, since it’s so close, do any of you have any plans for doing anything during the convention? I never even really watch the thing when it’s on, and I likely will ignore it this time as well. Although, having a weblog with political leanings encourages me to at least take a peek and make some relevant comments.

What about you all? Any plans to go Democratic National Convention stalking, or Democratic National Convention avoiding? Are you going to dive in, or steer clear?

Posted by James at June 12, 2004 12:43 PM
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I try to watch as much of the coverage of both conventions as I can stand. This year I'll probably be very drunk, so my threshold of disgust might be a little higher.

I have a friend who lives near the Red Line in Somerville who was going to have a housewarming party the weekend before the convention. Now she's not sure whether that might cause travel problems for some of us - the convention doesn't start until a couple of days later but if the people start pouring in over the weekend, all the security and traffic diversions, etc. will also have to be put in place.

Posted by: Julie at June 12, 2004 5:09 PM

What a complete waste of time political conventions are in the first place. I plan to ignore the politicians patting themselves on the back and I hope a few news organizations follow Dan Rather's lead and cut back their coverage of this non-event.

That said, my weekday travels don't take me near downtown Boston so I won't be affected. I hear the highway, subway and commuter rail closings are going to annoy a lot of people.

Posted by: Mike at June 12, 2004 7:29 PM

Let's just say I'm glad I live in Roslindale (too far from downtown to worry about maniacal protesters and baton-wielding cops) and work in Southborough (way out west, so no problems getting to and from, well, I hope).

Posted by: adamg at June 12, 2004 9:56 PM

I hadn't even considered the protesters. Perhaps the coverage of the chaos will be more entertaining than the convention itself.

There is always the chance someone will make a moving speech. But no need to watch it all live.

Posted by: James at June 12, 2004 10:59 PM

My sister is pregnant and is delivering in Boston. She is due right during the convention. There is a possibility that she won't easily be able to get to the hospital because of this non-event. She and her doctor talked last week about inducing her if she is 3cm or more dilated at her appointment right before the convention. Thank you government!

Posted by: briwei at June 15, 2004 12:44 PM

But, Brian, that's such a great story to tell the grandchildren.

Posted by: James at June 15, 2004 12:59 PM

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