This week a guy stopped in front of my house in his truck and took my photo. As he drove away, he said, “The Coast Is Queer.” I’m not exactly sure what any of it means. I shared this story on Facebook, and Will Coley responded that there was an academic paper by the same name. He had me on his show to chat about it. At one point, his mic drops, and I am left to riff about freedom and life and awesomeness. But Will returns to save the day and finish out the segment, closing on a point about how the media colors our perception of people and groups, like gays or muslims. We all fight stereotypes.
I organized an NHexit event in Portsmouth this Friday called “NH Independence Celebration“. People from Keene, Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth attended. Dave Ridley of New Hampshire’s #2 YouTube channel shot video from a safe distance across the street. Shire Dude live-streamed video while making commentary and chatting with curious passers by. One person waved a blue flag with a peace sign. Another waved a yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag and a sign that read, “I LOVE AMERICA, NOT D.C.” Some conducted a 3-question poll about secession from a random sampling of Portsmouth’s downtown. Music by The Beatles played from a small portable speaker. In total the event was 1 hour.
Poll respondents were asked to read 3 short statements and rate their level of agreement or disagreement with each one. 17 people participated. The results are as follows (click image to enlarge):