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200 Bitcoin Meetups and Counting

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Last night I went to Strange Brew Tavern in Manchester for their 200th bitcoin meetup. It is the longest running consecutive bitcoin meet up in the world — going for almost 4 years now.

People talked about mining ethereum and being dash masternodes — they talked about successful strategies for encouraging businesses and individuals to take cryptocurrencies as payment — and they talked about achieving more personal freedom in New Hampshire. I was impressed by the turnout. About 2 dozen or so people. A range of all types: gay and straight, techies, real estate people, media people, old, middle aged, and young mothers and their children. The group gets the whole back room in the tavern and received excellent service the whole night.

I asked if I could tip my waiter in bitcoin, but he said that he doesn’t have a wallet anymore. He got a new phone and lost all the bitcoin the patrons had given him over the past years. After that, he was really sour on bitcoin and was unwilling to accept it, even as a tip on top of the cash tip I left him. After about 2 hours of chatter, people started to clear out. I was disappointed that there wasn’t a big photo op moment where everyone crowded in and memorialized this event. I supposed I could have tried organizing that, but I didn’t.

I should mention also that there’s another bar in Manchester, Murphy’s Taproom, that not only accepts bitcoin but they also have one of the best bitcoin vending machines for hundreds of miles around. I don’t understand why this bitcoin meetup group doesn’t support Murphy’s and instead goes to a place that doesn’t accept bitcoin, but I see it as an opportunity. There can be a meetup for the crowd that likes cheap beer and a meetup for a crowd that likes to spread bitcoin.

For now, I’ll continue spreading the word about bitcoin in my hometown of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where my Bikram Yoga Studio started accepting bitcoin this week. Namaste.

I should add:

Weekly meetups like the one in Manchester give the bitcoin community a pulse. It says to the world, “We’re alive and growing — bitcoin hasn’t gone anywhere.” In fact, the people at this meetup would be just as happy to help a n00b set up their first bitcoin wallet as they would to discuss Ethereum mining or their Dash Masternode. Manchester’s monumental 200th meetup also shows outsiders that crypto is mainstream — not a bunch of geeks in forums. Bitcoiners are your neighbors, your waitress, and the guys playing pool at the bar.

Pirates on Bridge Ahead!

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Armed men wearing badges were parked on the bridge in Manchester, New Hampshire. Friday, April 27, 2016. They used bright lights to stun, mesmerize, and intimidate passing travelers into pulling over. Once stopped, the armed men demanded documents and investigated their victims. Finally, they demanded money from the drivers backed by threats of kidnapping.

A watchdog group from Manchester organized a creative advertising effort to warn drivers of the danger ahead. With laser lights, reflective displayboard, and LED programmable signs, they stood by the bridge and informed those passing that it is their last chance to avoid the pirates.

Some went bar hopping, informing patrons of the extortion trap and offered cards with tips for interacting with the badged criminals.

This went from 10pm to 2am. All night, people expressed their appreciation as they passed and diverted their routes. I estimate that 100 cars were saved.

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The Travel Plan Begins

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Hey All! We’re getting close to the beginning of the Exile, but first a visit to the Shire!!

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Well, I’ve got my route planned out for the Post-Jail Pre-Exile Tour! I’ll be leaving on a MegaBus from Philadelphia around 1pm Sunday afternoon (Aug 12) and arriving in Boston at 8:30pm. From there I will take the Boston Express bus from South Station in Boston to exit 5 in Londonderry, NH, where I will be picked up by Dale Everett of Flaming Freedom and be brought to the Anarchy In Your Head Studios. There I will sleep in preparation for the next day’s “Circus” (Ademo’s trial).

I will stay in Manchester Sunday night (Aug 12) through Wednesday (Aug 15) to produce videos and guest-host on Flaming Freedom.

I will leave the Shire Wednesday (Aug 15) morning at 5:30am via the Boston Express bus and travel to South Station in Boston, then transfer to a MegaBus at 8:15am. That MegaBus will have me arrive in Philadelphia at 3:30pm.

I will stay with family in Philadelphia Wednesday night before leaving at 6:00pm for Washington, DC to attend Lemonade (& Raw Milk!) Freedom Day at the Reflecting Pool. I’ll arrive in DC at around 9:30pm on Thursday (Aug 16) and will be staying with Super-Activist Eddie Free during the weekend-long conference.

What comes next is yet to be decided, but I will likely be returning to Philadelphia on the 19th to start getting interviews with those active in the various liberty communities of that area. Check back daily at LibertyOnTour.com for the latest on the “Freeman in Exile” tour!

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