Greetings from AstroDime Correspondant sam smiley

NOTE: This post is a little late (I wrote it October 13)  but in some ways it still applies because it is cold and rainy in Boston today too on October 20. As of today, Thursday Oct 20, Occupy Boston is in need of bales of hay. Probably to stem the tide of a lot of rain in the past few days.

I was taking the ferry from Provincetown, and it was a windy and rainy day. I biked off the ferry bringing some tarps from the hardware store and a loaf of portuguese bread. When I told the staff at the hardware store about this they were all thumbs up for Occupy Boston and were very supportive.

bike basket wtih a loaf of bread and tarp

astrodime delivery of tarp and portuguese sweetbread

I talked to Andy at the Logistics tent and asked him a few questions about his role. I asked him what the most challenging part of his role was and he said “the rain”. I asked him what they might need more of, and he said “good weather”. But he did say moms in minivans have been dropping off food and much needed necessities.  This weekend, Occupy Boston did get better weather on the weekend, but now the rain is back. Word is that they need raincoats, not the poncho that Andy is wearing because those don’t work that well.

andy to the left, "logistics" sign to the right

Andy at Logistics, Occupy Boston

In addition I took some other pictures which I am sharing. Below is a picture of “main street”. I was standing next to a reporter for New England Cable News Network (NECN) and he was preparing his copy..”the road to main street is lined with plywood”. He seemed pretty supportive.

wood sign with "main street" written on it

main street, Occupy Boston

sign saying Massachusetts Teachers Association Supports Occupy Boston

the sign says it all

I know that the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association supports Occupy Boston, but you can see from the sign that it is pretty rainy..anyone out there in the rain is pretty supportive. I know that the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) supports the Occupy movement as well.

As I walked around, I noticed there were so many reporters on the scene at the time..some dressed in suits, standing next to their cameras. Here’s one now looking for the media tent.

"Where's the tent?"

Below is a long shot of the encampment. if you want to read more about the protest this past weekend, look at AstroDime correspondant Gina Kamentsky’s post right before this one. And hope for some sun later today for Occupy Boston!

-sam smiley

wide shot of encampment oct 13, 2011

wide shot, oct 13 2011