In St. Louis we got 2 new members and 6 friends. I consider that a considerable improvement over KC because we got a lot less traffic where we were located. We were close to one stage but that stage was seperated from the rest of the venue. The other stages being arranged in a circularish pattern, ours was in an offshoot so that the traffic we got was more likely to be those that had a destination while the meanderers hung around the main thoroughfares.
Some things that worked well:
I taped copies of all our flyers to the table and people would read them as they walked by even when it was far too loud to talk. It was a lot of fun to watch people as they read the info and see their reactions as they got to certain parts. It's completely foreign to me how some people are intested in the words liberty and freedom but get completely turned off when it gets to the part about small government and low taxes.
We also had a myfriends sign up sheet with over thirty signatures. In some cases I think the myspace sheet prevented further discussion because people would sign it and, relying on the newsletter they'd be recieving, not be interested in further conversation at that time.
The good part about being away from the action is I got the oppurtunity to have several good conversations with socialists and freedom lovers alike. One guy selling his bands homemade CD's told me he likes high taxes. My suspicion is that he was not reporting his days cash income to the IRS. I also had a good long conversation with a libertarian who voted republican until the last presidential election when he went with Badnarik having concluded the GOP is no longer the lesser of the two evils and is now just evil. He hadn't heard of the FSP in a couple of years and was very interested in how it's going. I hope to see him soon on this forum.
It was long day. I left Lee's Summit, MO at 4:00am and got back at 2:am after dropping off the others in Kansas. Anti-Flag played right in front of me and I got a real good crowdsurfing shot from my spot at the booth with the help of digital zoom and some photo editing.
After the Non-Profit area shut down we went back in and chatted with Helmet for awhile. Watched some bands I'd never heard of as well as Joan Jett and NoFX before driving back across Missouri.
For those of you who are in the neighborhood of one of these stops and aren't volunteering.....why not? The KC show cost me for two concerts (and these are big multi stage shows with lots of popular bands) I'm out a total of 1 black ink cartridge 1yellow (FTL Logo) cartridge and 1/3rd of my other colors (copies of flyers). 2 tanks of gas and 6 dollars for a well-deserved funnel cake. The KC show was only 1/3rd a tank of gas and half the ink. Punk isn't my thing my but I have a great time anyway. NoFX had a trumpet! That's what punk needs. More brass instruments;D
Here's more pictures:
Lisa got us a whole case of Monster from the Monster people!!! That's like a 50 dollar donation!
This guy liked the porcupince flag so much he took a picture. I was so happy to see him liking the flag. I took one too.