Hey, I just wanted to write about what happened today, it was an amazing experience. As soon as duct-taped the sign to the fencing I got instant responses: I couldnt count all the honking horns, and passers-by who asked what the sign said were all pleasant. I stayed with the billboard until 6:30 when it got dark - the honking stopped so I decided to take it down.
I contemplated leaving but then decided that the sign needed more exposure. I went to a densely-populated area of the city at an intersection near a Church and a large City College. So I stood there on the corner of the street with my massive IMPEACH billboard and within minutes I was getting positive feedback. A lot of dropped jaws, a few "right-ons", TONS of honking cars. A Cop gave me the thumbs-up and firemen were smiling my way... after that I was pumped!
For awhile there I was nervous I was going to get hassled by police or stabbed by a bush supporter or something... but I was never once bothered (a few smug faces not many). I managed to give away all 30 of my burned Terrorstorm and America: Freedom to Fascism DVDs in the process. Overall it was a great experience: it's a great feeling to start getting active and getting your voice out there and I hope more freewaybloggers hit the streets, its a rush afterwards!
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
My charge seems to be recuperating well, though will be without the use of one arm for awhile. She gave me leave to do a bit of blogging yesterday and I managed to get these up in a little over two hours.
Once you have a city down, the way I do SF, San Diego, LA etc., reaching half a million people or so is simple - laughably so - requiring maybe ten signs and a couple of hours to hang them.
One or two dedicated freewaybloggers in every major city and we'd be able to reach damn near half the country. Daily.
If anyone has any ideas on how to make this happen, please let me know.
FB - 130
USA - 34
Monday, January 22, 2007
Received this from a gentleman in New Hampshire who's posted almost 200 signs using Tyvek, a weatherproof plastic material used for home insulation:
I use mostly painted Tyvek. I use Rustoleum Flat Black, the gloss is hard to read due to reflection. Letters should be 16" high if the sign is to be on an overpass. Short messages are best as viewing time at 65 mph is short. The Dollar Store has been selling 6 packs of crappy bungee cords for $1.
I make the signs 7 feet long so that they fit between two uprights on the chain link fencing. I made a reel holder against the wall in my garage with two vertical strips of wood so that the last sign can be cut off while the paint is still wet and dried horizontally as the paint will run if it is left up there. Cutting off with scissors works best. You don't actually need to squeeze the handles together but just move it up through the material. I put a couple of binder clips from Staples along the top as the Tyvek moves if you paint fast. I've found that fonts with serifs are too hard and now use Arial Rounded Bold and make that bold so the letters are made with 1" lines. I use a sign brush about one inch wide.
I use an overhead projecter on a rolling cart, and change the size by moving the cart back and forth. Apart from fencing, I also hang signs stapled to wooden strips over soundbarriers provided they're set back a bit from the roadway. which are along many highways with residences on the other side. There's usually a road right behind the barrier where you can park and be hidden behind your truck while putting up the ladder (16') and placing the sign over the top.
Pretty much everyone here is armed and red. On the one hand I think they need the message, on the other hand, I no longer want to deliver it personally. When we posted yard signs I had people drive up my driveway and scream swear words at my wife, throw glass jars of paint in my driveway etc.. I've come to see that freewayblogging's a lot safer, and it reaches a Hell of a lot more people.
Yours In Southern New Hampshire