September 3rd, 2008

New Tilley Hat

RNC: Day 2, Part 1 -- outside the bowl

continuing coverage in LJ. Day 1 part 1, Day 1 part 2, Day 1 part 3

"The Bowl" is what the security people call the inside of Xcel Arena; not the hockey rink itself which is "The Floor", but the hockey-shirt-festooned area around the rink. Maybe the seats: I'll find out tomorrow.

After Monday's intense day inside and outside, Tuesday was considerably calmer, at least for me. Taking the bus, I arrived in downtown St. Paul, and immediate got lost. Segway riding ads for a tv network greeted me, and directed to the right place.

Bipartisan Segway riders
Bipartisan Segway riders
Downtown St. Paul, Sept. 2, 2008CE

While downtown, I had lunch at the Hunan (one of my favorite restaurants, though it's gone a bit downhill since I worked in the area) ... and saw a couple of youths who looked like protestors. They were. After lunch, we talked.

Two protestors, one involved in Monday's march and the other who had gone to the concert on Harriet Island (mp3, 10:09).

Heading off toward the convention center, music filled the air. Unlike Monday near the main gate, it wasn't canned music selected by the RNC. Students from McNally Smith College of Music were just out there. I talked with one student handing out flyers for the college while others played (mp3, 2:44).

street musicians
Street Musicians near Rice Park
Sept. 2, 2008CE

More later.
New Tilley Hat

RNC: Day 2, Part 2 -- Covering the coverage

Baron Dave Romm and Riz Khan
Baron Dave Romm and Riz Khan
Aljazeera press area, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Sept. 2, 2008CE

After wending my way through downtown St. Paul (see Part I), I arrived at the Republican National Convention. A very different convention than the day before. Monday's sessions had largely been cancelled, and Tuesday all the delegates were at work, or at least unavailable when I looked for them. So I went to the press area set up for non-tv journalists, and talked to people reporting the news for different audiences than you and I.

Andrew Purcell is the US Correspondent for the Sunday Herald, a paper in Glasgow Scotland. He compared the DNC and the RNC and made observations about the relationship between politicians and the media. (mp3, 9:03)

Joanne Biddle, Head of the English Desk for AFP, the Agence France-Presse. (mp3, 4:13)

Riz Khan, Executive Editor & Host "Riz Khan", Aljazeera Network's English Language Channel. (mp3, 14:24)

Talk Show Row
Talk Show Row, actually behind the main thoroughfare
RNC, 9/2/08

Well, I'm going to stop for tonight to listen to Sarah Palin. Rudy Giuliani is on now; boy, did the GOP dodge a bullet by not nominating this guy (and I liked him as mayor of NYC), but at least he's generating a bit of rah-rah.