Minneapolis-Saint Paul__Ankitha: Waking up at 5 in the morning is never fun. But on this awesome August 31, I was more than psyched to kick off my comforter and get ready for a very entertaining week ahead. Obviously, I’m excited about the Republican National Convention (duh!) and of course, all the glitz and glamour of celebrity guests (yeehaw!). Unfortunately, not everyone shared my enthusiasm. After boarding our plane, we soon noticed a passenger onboard who found our discussions about our RNC coverage annoying. Well I guess that’s one less listener for Youth Radio. But after a group-shared bashing of that guy, it was onward to St. Paul.
Weirdly enough, my first day in the RNC host city has been everything but Republican. As our house renters showed us the town, I was baffled by how liberal the setting is — almost hitting hippie status. Once we settled into home base, the group split into teams to complete all the million tasks we have. A couple of us decided to buy some groceries because contrary to popular belief, we journalists do need other forms of sustenance than coffee to survive. We were taken to a local co-op market where your basic block of cheddar cheese costs $6. After spending a small fortune on food, we returned to the house to set up all of our equipment, make some dinner for the other teammates, and…oh yeah, check out the neighborhood anarchists. Anarchists and Republicans in the same town? That can’t be good…and neither can the red-eyed albino squirrel in our backyard. So now I pass the torch to fellow reporter Nate”The Great”.
Nate: Well, as I continue the story…I guess I’ll tell you about the “Anarchist” group today. The landlord of the house we are renting for the week showed us where the HQ of the “Anarchists” is located. The HQ looked straight up like some “Mad Maxx – Road Warrior – Beyond the Thunderdome” type scene where everyone there was dressed as though they just got finished fighting. Ankitha and I went to their HQ assuming they would be pleased to get some press to spread their word. But sadly we were mistaken. They didn’t want to be interviewed. One of the group members said the reason behind that decision was because the leaders of the organization were recently arrested at gunpoint by police.