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By the gulf in Sarasota

Ceaser in Sarasota, FloridaWhen I arrived in Florida and started working out how I was going to get around I realised the trip from Lake Worth to Sarasota which had looked like it should be simple was going to prove difficult. There was no Greyhound stop in Lake Worth so to get to the 'All Power to the Imagination' conference in Sarasota it looked like I'd have to catch a very early morning Tri-Rail to Fort Lauerdale and walk a couple of km there to the Greyhound station to catch what would be a day long bus sequence to Sarasota. So in both Miami and Lake Worth I'd been trying to find anyone else heading for the conference.

Lake Worth report

By the beach in Lake Worth FloridaLake Worth in Florida was one of the very few places on the US tour I could reasonably get to by train.  It's a smallish sea side town a couple of hours up the coast from Miami and just south of Palm beach. The population is around 35,000 and the town is split from the ocean by the Lagoon which gives it its name.  It's actually named after an American general who led one of the campaigns against the Seminole, a comple nationa comprised on a number of native america groups, escaped (black) slaves and (white) indentured servants.  I'm going to mention them in more details in my Gainesville blog update.    

Outdoors In Miami

Florida University Department Labor Studies event 2008On the last day of March 2008 I crossed the border from Canada to the US on a freezing early spring day and boarded a plane at Buffalo.  A few hours late I emerged into the +30c temperatures of Miami.  This was the start of the final and longest phase of my speaking tour which was to take my through Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon and California. Two years and one day have passed since the Miami meeting and its time to update that blog with what I can recall.  I'm leaving the original blog untouched at the end of this update as it was one of the few written at the time with any substance.

The tour resumes

Miami from the air I'm now in Miami, Florida where the speaking tour resumes for the final 6 weeks, 22 cities on Wednesday, details are at http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=8456

Audio interviews with anarchists in NE. USA

On my travels around the north east I used the opportunity to record interviews with many of the local anarchists who were organizing the meetings. I wished I could have done more, in particular its a pity I missed a New York City interview but often things didn't come together. Anyway I did get six done and I provide links to them below.

These were done using a five year old laptop and a 20 dollar USB mic I got in Best Buy - when I have a bit of time I'll probably post a detailed how to record interviews to the Information Booth forum on http://www.anarchistblackcat.org

Buffalo and Greyhound

Assassination of President McKinly in Buffalo 1901St Patricks day 2008 saw me head to the Greyhound station in Syracuse for the relatively short trip to Buffalo where I was to speak at around 5 o'clock.  It was still late winter, there was plenty of ice and snow in piles along the highway and here on the edge of Lake Ontario the Homeland security border control were active.  They checked everyone on the bus before it left Syracuse and then boarded it again at the Rochester stop.  This was the 14th and final stop on the second leg of my tour.

Snow in Syracuse

It was spring in Virginia but as I got into upstate New York it was still winter with ice covered lakes, piles of filthy snow and light flurrys falling along the highway. Snow is normal in Syracuse, it gets just under 3m of the stuff in the average year holding the record over any other large US city.

Spring time in Richmond

William Boyd center in Richmond, VirginiaThe most southerly stop of the second leg of my speaking tour was Richmond, Virginia.  As we drove there from Baltimore I spotted a cherry tree in blosson at the side of the road, a few days before I'd been Greyhounding through snow and indeed a few days later when I returned to upstate New York I'd get back into ice and snow but those few days of spring were a welcome break from what had been a very long and hard winter.  I drove down with Alex in a little red two seater with a brief lunchtime stop at Fredericksburg.

Damp squib in Fredericksburg

From Baltimore I headed south for Richmond, Virginia with a NEFAC supporter Alex in his old little red sports car (it may have been a Mustang but I'm rubbish with cars).  The boot was bust so there wasn't much room inside once my small bag had been crammed in and it was making some alarming noises he said not to worry about but it was a beautiful sunny spring day as we pulled out of Baltimore and took the highway south.

The strange smell in DC

Washington DC was almost my shortest stop but also the North American city where I have spent the most time because I'd visited it repeatedly in 2004/5.  On the tour I didn't actually stay in Washington at all, rather we drove over from Baltimore which is only an hour or so away.  DC is one of the strangest cities I've ever been in and my stop there (at the National Conference of Organised Resistance) was in itself strange for an odd reason I reported at the time and which caused a bit of a row online.  In the interest of preserving the historical record I've let the original unaltered text at the end of this updated blog.

  


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