Category Archives: NHP Interviews

UPDATE: Nathan Hale Park Interviews Are ON!

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been in the planning stage as far as getting my NHP interviews off the ground for about 3 months, getting people to agree to dates and times, and finally, this past Wednesday, the very first interview took place!!



My good friend “m” (who voted for the first time in November because someone she knew, someone close to her, someone blonde, enticed her into casting that very first ballot ever of her life by offering to buy* her Perkins in exchange for enduring the long line at the polls) is helping me do all the filming. And it’s in gorgeous hi-def thanks to my newly upgraded smartphone! (I asked myself, what’s more important? food or an iPhone 5? I don’t think we need to take a voice vote to know the answer to that question.)



And Aaron Tovo, a local Amnesty International organizer, was super enthusiastic about being interviewed on the 3 D’s: Drones, Due Process and Detention of an Indefinite Nature. It’s split into 2 parts. At the end of the 2nd one, watch for my Progressive Patriot Reflections, a segment I’ll do at the close of every video where I talk about my own gratitude for all the freedoms we enjoy in the United States, how they have been endangered, and how that paradox relates to that particular interview’s topic(s).



Here’s the first half:




And here’s the second half:



And here’s the link to the Amnesty International petition on Drones I talk about with Aaron: Take Action to Prevent Unlawful Drone Killings



Thanks for watching, everybody! I’ll keep you posted on when the next interview will be up. The 2 postal carriers I had ready for my Save USPS video bailed on me, so I need a new one or two who are fed up with the 2006 mandate that requires retiree healthcare benefits to be prefunded 75 years in advance, a law that was passed because some greedy individuals realized, “Holy crap, they’re making $900,000/year at 40 cents a letter!” and then asked themselves, “How much could we make if we cut union pay out of the deal and jacked the price up to $3.00 a letter? A crapload!” So if you are a postal service employee and are interested in being interviewed or know someone who would be, comment below and provide your email address and twitter handle, please please please!



Talk soon!



*you can’t technically call this a bribe because we ended up splitting the check anyway (plus I barely tried to influence her vote)


The Nathan Hale Park Interviews Coming this Spring

Happy Almost February.


Let me say first that running into Boomers at Nathan Hale Park at 10 o’clock at night is always a good time. In this case, it served as the impetus for getting the NHP Interviews out of stage 1, idea, and into stage 2, setting the date and time with various people to get the show on the road (getting the show on the road is stage 3).



Now, to me and many other Minnesotans, making it to February is practically to March which is practically Spring, so right around January 28 (yesterday), I start thinking about what I’m so excited to do once the snow melts.



And I am so excited to start these interviews! You’ll notice on my youtube channel that I already have talked with one person at NHP and the topic was voting (thanks, Rosebud!). My idea here is to try to amp it up a notch and talk to more people, other social justice lovers and constitution buffs, in the park and see what their opinions are on the issues.



Remember, this is the opposite of the Divide and Conquer energy that the mainstream media uses to keep us all thinking in terms of liberal and conservative, black and white, right and left, etc. This will be about real people and their real opinions about how we can object to abuse of power by authority and protest injustice (as affirmed in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution) in ways that get things done, in the Unite and Leave the World a Better Place way.






On the night I took the above photo (this past Sunday), I was walking home from work and the snow had just finished falling and everything around downtown was beautiful so I took a few pictures (one was the photo of the Landmark Center on my personal facebook page). As I climbed to the top of Ramsey Hill, it occurred to me that Nate might look good with a little snow on him so I headed right instead of left on Summit — only to discover two Boomers taking pictures of him!! What?!?! So I call out, “What are the chances that two people would want to take a picture of Nathan Hale on the same night?” So the woman — probably the same age my mom would be if she were alive — launches into the story about Nathan Hale and how he is a true American hero! HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I’m thinking – yes, I’ve heard this story before! (I think that’s what her husband was thinking too.) And she closed with, “I always tell people who don’t appreciate their rights that Nathan Hale died so you could vote.” I replied, “Yes, my mom told me the same story when I was little at this very park and it actually inspired me to start a blog called messages to millennials!” She then offered to take a picture of me and I thanked her and said I’d be okay with just a picture of Nathan by himself.



So far, I have two USPS mail carriers who have tentatively agreed to chat in the park about the challenges the postal service faces and some tricky 2006 legislation that heavily influences the way they do business and how that affect us, the People. And then I’m going to ask them if they have noticed the bunnies taking over Grand Ave. Oh, yes, those little rascals.



Stay tuned for more!