Pitched my tent at Brat's OWS

Pitched my tent at Brat's OWS

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Mike Mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#1 Nov 12, 2011
Sleeping over tonight. Might do it for a few nights...
Mike Mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#2 Nov 13, 2011
Had about the most uncomfortable night I ever had. It was a night that would never end. Lots of road noise not far from my tent...what the hell are the geeze up for at 3 AM in the mourning.

I wasn't shivering cold...but a little cold, to be uncomfortable all night long. I had issues with shoulder aches because basically I was sleeping on the hard ground. The air was cold...I wasn't use to that air that cold going into my nose and mouth. At points I was wondering if a had health issues, I just had to calm myself down saying that is the normal way you feel when you are sleeping outdoors.

At about 4 AM seriously thought about going home. I was certain I would never do this again. Finally figured out to put my head in my sleeping bag with a little hole, that way the cold air would get mix with the warm air in the bed and I didn't feel like I was suffocating.

Everyone says the first night is the worst, it get easyer every night after. It is going to be warmer tonight.

Now I am kind of excited about getting to the camp...try some new things...overcoming the difficult road of living outside.

Mike Mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#3 Nov 13, 2011
I am camping with a bunch of nuns, on a roaring Saturday night last night everyone was in the sleeping bags by 9:30 PM.

The police was checking us out just around 9:30 PM last night with their search lights. Nobody minds this and we are conforted by it.
Mike Mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#4 Nov 13, 2011
Personnally with things going on in Burington and beyond with OWS...I think they are going to throw us out by the end of this week.
Mike Mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#5 Nov 13, 2011
Alex

Newton Center, MA

#6 Nov 13, 2011
why link to a damn msm 'news' article when the truth is at Infowars.com ?

Now mikey, if some reporter or anyone with a video camera (and time to waste) comes up to you asking why you're there and how you feel about Wall St. etc. will you give a looong rambling incoherent nutty yapping like you did on the video of you explaining why you held a 'Danger' sign by the bridge?

And BTW mikey, now that you're hanging with those who have beefs with not only Wall St. but the govt., doesn't that make you "anti-govt"- the very thing YOU've been accusing many others here of being??!!

Knowing that you're there tonight I think I'll get up at 3 am and drive by you blaring my horn just for sh'ts and giggles.
I'll also encourage the Bratt authorities to 'Release the Hounds' on all you trouble makers nyuk nyuk
Alex

Newton Center, MA

#7 Nov 13, 2011
and how can one be part of OWS but never even go to the WS- which is 200 miles south of here?
So is the HQ of Barry Soetoro's biggest Wall St. bank$ter gang$ter donator$- Goldman Sach$.

and BTW mikey, if you protest the existance of the unconstitutional 'Federal' Reserve Pozi scheme as me and Ron Paul etc. do then no one can rightly label you as 'anti-govt' since 'The Fed' is Not part of the federal govt.!
Robin

Saint Johnsbury, VT

#8 Nov 13, 2011
Cool, Mike! I think Occupy Wall Street is just the right cause for you.
Ralph

Newfane, VT

#9 Nov 14, 2011
Congrats to you Mike. It sounds like it was way too busy to camp there. But you know, the place to camp is not Hippie Vermont, but Ground Zero for the Hedge Funds and McMansions, Greenwich, CT and like suburbs. My guess is that the cops there would not be very nice.
Impressed

United States

#10 Nov 14, 2011
The nuns add just the right touch !

Since: Nov 10

Brattleboro, VT

#11 Nov 14, 2011
Breathing in your sleeping bag introduces moisture that reduces the ability of the sleeping bag to provide insulation for you (to keep you warm).

Your body will acclimatize to the weather after about two weeks, eventually reaching the point where you are comfortable with the ambient temperature. I've experienced this with temperatures to -30 degF. As long as you are out of the direct wind, your body can keep itself heated with adequate caloric intake and a modest amount of clothing.
mike mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#13 Nov 15, 2011
The Brattleboro police seem to be watching us closely...when they go by they flash their search lights at us all the time. I got flashed three times. At night we always know there is the presence of the police force.

We kind of think of them as our brothers...they feel the same pressures as the rest of us. They need better pay, more training and a new police station. There is no anonymously with the police on our side and we are well aware they are a vital need in society...plus they are all decent and nice people.
mike mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#14 Nov 15, 2011
Hmm, no mention of talking to us. Talking of distant OWS encapments...but not ours.

http://www.reformer.com/opinion/ci_19336595

Occupy moonlight

Posted: 11/15/2011 03:00:00 AM ESTUpdated: 11/15/2011 07:19:59 AM EST

Tuesday November 15, 2011

Last week's full moon was too big for the November night sky. Surpassing the contours of the cosmos, it spilled over the forests of Putney and Dummerston and into the henhouse. Franklin maintained order among his flock but the ducks could not contain themselves. An irrepressible lot under ordinary circumstances, the ducks became ecstatic in the lunar glow. One by one, they raced out of the henhouse and into the poultry yard, squawking and clamoring like college football fans whose team had finally won.

"Knock it off!" yelled Alison through the open window. "It's the middle of the night! Go back to bed!" The ducks froze for a second, their slender heads rolled slightly clockwise to catch sight of the second-story nuisance. As soon as Alison withdrew her head, they commenced to cussing and hollering, slapping each other on the back. Pretty soon we heard splashing coming from the kiddie pool. "It's a regular orgy out there," muttered Alison as she got back into bed.

Meg Mott teaches political theory at Marlboro College.
mike mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#15 Nov 15, 2011
We been spending a lot of time talking about the meaning of Jesus's parable of the talents. There is just so many perspectives on what Jesus was trying to teach us. We come to the conclusion there is no one perspective that is the correct interpretation...it is the back and forth dialogue of many perspective that Jesus was looking for.

It was interesting last Sunday the pentecostal church and the catholic church were both talking the 'parable of the talent' last Sunday on the same day.

You think they are in cahoots?

Mike Mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#16 Nov 15, 2011
Chris Bates wrote:
Breathing in your sleeping bag introduces moisture that reduces the ability of the sleeping bag to provide insulation for you (to keep you warm).
Your body will acclimatize to the weather after about two weeks, eventually reaching the point where you are comfortable with the ambient temperature. I've experienced this with temperatures to -30 degF. As long as you are out of the direct wind, your body can keep itself heated with adequate caloric intake and a modest amount of clothing.
Thanks for the advice.

I agree being outside acclimatises you to the weather. If you can't feel your feet or fingers...you are heading for trouble. I have never camped out in the winter and camping in general, 17 year old was about my last time. I just never had the experience with sleeping over night in the cold, how uncomfortable it is. How your body get sore just from laying on the ground. Maybe sleeping in a warm comfortable bed makes us weak and dependant.

The fifth night out, I realize what a privilege it is sleeping in a typical bed and living it the warmth of a house. It is such a luxurious treat. From the everlasting mondaine of going to bed every night watching the boob tube...

I am still very luck...I can run back to my heated house every day. There is those out here tied to absolutely nothing, nothing at all to fall back on if it gets too cold. I more than ever realize now realize how lucky in am to have a roof over my head and all that comes with.



Mike Mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#17 Nov 15, 2011
On that first very cold night sleeping out, I took a walked around Brattleboro. Maybe around 1030 pm. There was a man sleeping on a bench in a sleeping bag near the co-op...right near the Whetstone bridge.
Mike Mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#18 Nov 15, 2011
You are right, breathing in a sleeping bag is a dumb idea.
Mike Mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#19 Nov 15, 2011
I think now the OWS is a inspiration thing. The realization we are all new at this and we will grow into our work and roles. The idea we are the seeds to remind everyone with just how unjust this world is to so many people.

It the job now for the public to rally around us...then we can all grow together.

We need a leap of faith from the masses and i am certain we won't let you down...
Mike Mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#20 Nov 15, 2011
We are your instruments and tools!
Joey

Bernardston, MA

#21 Nov 15, 2011
HI Mike,

You said that they camp out left you questioning whether you were in shape or not. I encourage you to spend more time camping, hiking, etc, in the outdoors.

The problem seems to be that both Republicans and Democrats are caught up in stock trading corruption--did you see the 60 Minutes feature on Sunday night about how both Boehner and Pelosi have been involved in insider trading without there being any consequences?

Problems and priorities in need of critical reform: everything the corporate lobbyists have corrupted. "The love of money is the root of all evil".

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