First things first, I'm going to try to keep this as neutral as I can because I know political discussions are a no-no on here, so I if I break any rules, MODS please PM me and I can change this post as much as possible...or you can just delete it. Secondly, this trip went a lot different than I was expecting. I was planning on just seeing some booths, and maybe some people I usually see on TV...but that was not what we ran into. Well, we did run into some things you saw on TV, but not exactly what I was planning. Lastly, we didn't take part in any protests. I forgot the map at home, then we parked on the wrong side of the Xcel Energy Center. We should have been on the south side, because this is what we ran into...needless to say, it was rather eventful. These are in chronological order: 1. It started out being a promising, pleasant day...that would soon change. 2. The police presence started just south of Minneapolis on I-94, about 15 minutes west of St Paul. 3. 4. LOOK! CNN! (I don't get out much, LOL!) 5. 6. 7. There were cops on both sides of the street, at every intersection, like this. It was nuts! 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. This is my friend Bryan, a former Sgt in the Marines who was awarded a Purple Heart in his last tour in Iraq, he was interviewed by Fox News after making a scene...you can see the details on my Smugmug. 13. I got to see one guy that was from TV...a local news channel, I don't even know which one. 14. This is my favorite picture of the bunch. Kinda looks like that one Beatles album cover. 15. This is of the windows that were broke out at Macy's by the anarchists...we were parked just 30ft from those windows. 16. I took this on the way back to my place, it's in Minneapolis...I forget the name of the church. (I PP'd the sky, how does it look?) If you want to see more, visit my smugmug, the link is in my sig below.