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Boston Megaraid

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Sunday, I got up around 8:00.  I had breakfast at the hotel restaurant, and then we got going around 11:00, taking the hotel shuttle to the T.  For the ride, HT was already fully steampunked out, complete with steampunk-style mask.  We rode down to Park Street station, where we joined the event at Boston Common.  Here, we would be hearing speeches by ex-Scientologists and others, and hopefully doing a little bit of outreach while we were at it.  I packed my Guy Fawkes mask, and I made sure I had my stack of You Found The Card cards, as I hoped to give a good number of them away.  The zentai stayed at the hotel, because I would not be needing it for this event.


Quincy Adams station.

Quincy Adams station.

Quincy Adams station.


Our train arrives at Quincy Adams station.


Iron maiden at Park Street. I always consider this a novelty to see on transit systems, since WMATA can't have them due to their pay-on-exit model.

Iron maiden at Park Street.  I always consider this a novelty to see on transit systems, since WMATA can’t have them due to their pay-on-exit model.


Arriving at Boston Common, we quickly found the Anons at Parkman Bandstand, where the speeches were already underway.  We heard speeches by ex-Scientologists Larry Brennan and Nancy Many, as well as former Moonie Steve Hassan.


When we arrived, Larry Brennan was already speaking.

When we arrived, Larry Brennan was already speaking.


 


The speeches were quite enlightening, presented here thanks to AnonSparrow from DC, who got the speeches on video.


Larry Brennan


Nancy Many


Steve Hassan


During the speeches, a known Scientologist was spotted taking pictures of the Anons (for future fair gaming, perhaps?), and after the speeches were done, was called out from the stage and properly outed.

After the speeches, the action from the stage took a break.  A donkey piñata was hung, which would be smashed later by punching, a play on the term “donkey punch” (no, I’m not going to link to the term – look it up if you want to find out).  Additionally, a Halifax Anon came out with cupcakes, which many enjoyed.  I generally don’t do protest food, mainly because of lack of readily available hand-washing facilities, and this was no exception.  I don’t want food residue on my hands when I’m trying to work the camera, you see.  We also got some silly pictures of Blue Wig Girl and the Anon from Halifax posing with ThetanBait, a particularly muscular Anon from St. Louis.


Cupcakes!  Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!


Blue Wig Girl poses for my camera.

Blue Wig Girl poses for my camera.


Contemplating how to pose with ThetanBait...

Contemplating how to pose with ThetanBait…


The pose: A kiss!

The pose: A kiss!


HT smiles (we'll take her word for it on that) for the camera in her steampunk hat and mask.

HT smiles (we’ll take her word for it on that) for the camera in her steampunk hat and mask.


Hanging up the donkey for later.

Hanging up the donkey for later.

Hanging up the donkey for later.


I also got a chance to meet Nancy Many.  We discussed a pic that I took of an Anon back at the Ideal Org opening in October, where the subject was looking at Many’s book, My Billion Year Contract.  I also got a signed copy of her book.

Then after that, Blue Wig Girl presented Larry Brennan with her original blue wig.  This was the culmination of some events that occurred at Why We Protest.  Brennan ended up winning the auction with a $50 bid, mainly to keep it out of the hands of some other Anons.  Then Brennan offered to double his bid if a press release about it went out on time (it did).  She presented Brennan with her original wig, complete with certificate of authenticity.  Then, in a surprise move, she pulled the blue wig off of her head, and presented that to Brennan as well, complete with a second certificate of authenticity.


The presentation of the wig to Larry Brennan, complete with certificate of authenticity.  The presentation of the wig to Larry Brennan, complete with certificate of authenticity.

The presentation of the wig to Larry Brennan, complete with certificate of authenticity.

The presentation of the wig to Larry Brennan, complete with certificate of authenticity.


Surprise! Blue Wig Girl also hands Brennan the wig right off her head!

Surprise!  Blue Wig Girl also hands Brennan the wig right off her head!


Very strange seeing Blue Wig Girl without her trademark blue wig...

Very strange seeing Blue Wig Girl without her trademark blue wig…


After the wig presentation, people pulled out a whole bunch of colored balls, and started playing dodgeball with them.  Blue Wig Girl, meanwhile, had a third blue wig in reserve, which she proceeded to put on.


Dodgeball!  Dodgeball!

Dodgeball!

Dodgeball!  Dodgeball!


Tag!

Tag!


Following dodgeball, all of us from DC decided to head out.  We got our goodbyes with the other Anons, and went to spend a little time on the town in Boston.  After all, we traveled all this way to get to Boston, and so we might as well see some of it, right?

Heading out of Boston Common, we encountered a man who was very much a one-man band, playing music for change.  This was Ramblin’ Dan of Professor World Band.  He played “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles.  Two of our Anons put on their masks and joined him, along with a few other bystanders.


Ramblin Dan's one-man Professor World Band.  Ramblin Dan's one-man Professor World Band.

Ramblin Dan’s one-man Professor World Band.


Two DC Anons (in masks) and other bystanders join in with Ramblin Dan, playing “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles.


After leaving Ramblin’ Dan, we spotted some people in pink across a pond.  A few people were wondering what the group was, but we were too far away to get a good look.  Enter the Canon and its optical zoom.  I was able to zoom in, snap, and then zoom in on the shot in playback mode.


As it turned out, it was Code Pink. I'm used to seeing Code Pink in DC, and am friends with a number of the DC Code Pink folks. Seeing them in Boston was a new experience, though I'm not surprised that they're active in Boston as well.

As it turned out, it was Code Pink.  I’m used to seeing Code Pink in DC, and am friends with a number of the DC Code Pink folks.  Seeing them in Boston was a new experience, though I’m not surprised that they’re active in Boston as well.


Two very adorable children with really awesome face paint, holding what are most likely the most complex balloon animals that I've ever seen.

Two very adorable children with really awesome face paint, holding what are most likely the most complex balloon animals that I’ve ever seen.


And now... time to explore the city!

And now… time to explore the city!


Leaving Boston Common, we walked some of the Freedom Trail, a red brick path through parts of downtown Boston.  We swung past the Massachusetts State House, and then spent a considerable amount of time at the Granary Burying Ground.  And unlike our last time walking around a cemetery, no one got chased out this time.


The Granary Burying Ground.

The Granary Burying Ground.


The headstone for Samuel Adams, and the stones and coins placed atop it.

The headstone for Samuel Adams, and the stones and coins placed atop it.

The headstone for Samuel Adams, and the stones and coins placed atop it.


Then Anonymous added a Guy Fawkes mask to the mix. However, we took the mask back with us when we were finished photographing.  Then Anonymous added a Guy Fawkes mask to the mix. However, we took the mask back with us when we were finished photographing.

Then Anonymous added a Guy Fawkes mask to the mix.  However, we took the mask back with us when we were finished photographing.


The sights of the Granary Burying Ground. Buried here, among others, are Paul Revere and Mother Goose.  The sights of the Granary Burying Ground. Buried here, among others, are Paul Revere and Mother Goose.

The sights of the Granary Burying Ground.  Buried here, among others, are Paul Revere and Mother Goose.

The sights of the Granary Burying Ground. Buried here, among others, are Paul Revere and Mother Goose.  The sights of the Granary Burying Ground. Buried here, among others, are Paul Revere and Mother Goose.

The sights of the Granary Burying Ground. Buried here, among others, are Paul Revere and Mother Goose.  The sights of the Granary Burying Ground. Buried here, among others, are Paul Revere and Mother Goose.

The sights of the Granary Burying Ground. Buried here, among others, are Paul Revere and Mother Goose.  The sights of the Granary Burying Ground. Buried here, among others, are Paul Revere and Mother Goose.

The sights of the Granary Burying Ground. Buried here, among others, are Paul Revere and Mother Goose.  The sights of the Granary Burying Ground. Buried here, among others, are Paul Revere and Mother Goose.


Memorial to John Hancock.

Memorial to John Hancock.

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