Didn't eat or sleep enough for three days to the rally, but managed to learn the hard way that being 50 is not like being 35, and survived. Live and learn new limits.
Earlier this week we pulled some publicity stunts, posted radio ads, and distributed thousands of flyers - and it paid off.
There were over 1,500 at the scorching humid rally when we learned the authorities had closed down the 401 highway, the most important freeway in Ontario. We suspect it was to stop Chris Sky on the way from an appearance in Niagara Falls, which is typically a 4 hour drive give or take. He was due to give a speech at 2pm but managed to keep us updated and the people weren't going anywhere. For a while there was a wide open mostly empty field while people found crowded solace in the shade. I shouted, "I see you lurking in the shadows." I think it's was not only worth the extra two and a half hour wait, I think it was beneficial as more folks than planned give excellent speeches in some of that filler time. Shortly before Chris Sky actually showed up I even got up to speak about https://FoilHat.Party.
If you've heard Chris Sky before, then this wasn't too much new information, but it was still powerful and he electrified the crowd of 2,000 people, according to Derek, husband of Currie, lead organizer of the event - and I'd say that's about right, perhaps more. The local news is saying it's only hundreds or even just a thousand, but it's obvious it was more. 2 thousand people found out and made the time to show up, not just from Windsor of 217 thousand, but folks from all over Ontario and beyond.
LOOK: Hundreds protest mandatory vaccination policies in Windsor
CTV was there early, haven't seen their take yet.
Chris Sky was generous with his time and stuck around until everyone had gotten their selfies, chats, gratitude, T-shirts, and books signed. To sign a shirt I lent him my only good marker left and joked, "Sign my tits." He really liked my boat video (publicity stunt above) and signed my book referencing it (I could show you but I need to unpack and decompress). Months ago I made a ridiculously large prop syringe out of 2 liter soda bottles and scraps, decorated it, and labelled it "experimental" with a skull and crossbones - and I offered to give Chris Sky a vaccine. I laughed and declined. He gave a long hug to a woman before we took a photo together and I said, "I don't need a hug, besides I'm soggy." About 6 or 8 times I was had heat stroke throughout the day, so I kept putting ice in my hat, making me perpetually drippy. I created a first aid sign and brought supplies, but didn't imagine I'd be the first to succumb. On that matter we were fortunate. One guy passed out but there were no major issues that I'm aware of and there was a minor friendly police presence always around.
Anyway, I didn't hang out much with Chris Sky much more than that at the end because I don't need to do hero worship, have no interviews to give, and critically I was exhausted, my brain was fried, and I still had a tonne of shit to do packing things up. I was on site setting up at 10am without shade and by the end I couldn't lift the heavy bins and had to lie down. My legs and back and hands were cramping badly and I couldn't even attend Currie's post-rally pool party. Ironically, it's now 3:42 am and I can't sleep - because I'm sensitive to caffeine and to get through the day I took 2 or 3 pills (each equivalent to a coffee).
I can share more later.