Monday, July 26, 2004

DNC - Day One 

Nothing very exciting as far as DNC impact this morning on the way to work.  I walked to the bus, which then brought me to the Orange Line.  Since I was nearing the end of the book I'm currently reading, I decided to bring another along.  I didn't want to carry a bag, since it's been widely publicized that there would be strict size limits (6 x 4 x 12 inches) on bags on the Orange Line and that ALL bags would be searched (vs. the random searching on other lines).  With a large book in each hand, I decided not to bring my lunch in, as that would be one too many things to carry with no bag. 

The bus wasn't overly crowded.  There were many police officers present at the stations, but no searches were conducted that I could see.  This included the many, many people carrying bags way over the size limit.  The train wasn't as full as on a usual business day, although the commuter rail was just pulling in as my train was pulling out, so the next one may have been more crowded with commuters who normally would ride the commuter rail all the way to North Station. 

Copley Square wasn't much busier than usual, although there were many more people with badges on lanyards and/or little flag pins on lapels.  The Boston Public Library is all cleaned up and all evidence of the repair crews that have been fixtures for months is gone.  One thing that caught my attention was the tai chi activity.  Most mornings there is a lone practitioner in the park (and she's there in all sorts of temperatures and weather).  Today there was a whole squadron of them - had to be at least two dozen, if not more.  My bus was already there, so I didn't have time to get an accurate count. 

We'll see if security is a little tighter on the way home later today, when actual events are going on (I doubt there was much scheduled for 6:00 this morning!). 

Posted by Beth Henderson at 10:41 AM