I'll be frank: I went to our appointed round at Friday's hip-hop hate rally in West Vancouver, Canada this evening with some feeling of nervousness that we might end up brawling with violent youths fueled by anger and resentment and immaturity; and I went with that impression gained from the web pages the organisers of the event have posted on the Internet. We had the impression they might turn violent. They too had some ideas about us, it turns out.
My first encounter with the organisers of the hip-hop event at the park was in the person of Ivan, apparently a good-looking young fellow, one who was concerned that we had come looking for a physical fight. Well, that was not exactly the case, though we did go well prepared for violence, if I may be allowed not to give away our details beyond the fact that I brought some back-up members of our group who kept an eye on things. In being frank here I think it important to let it be known that we are not Supermen, not bullet-proof, and not stupid enough to show up for what could have been a physical fight without also showing up with prudent precautions in that eventuality. As it turned out, none of our concerns materialised. At worst, I got some sun-burn. Or maybe that isn't the worst: I might well go through life now with permanent hearing impairment after having subjected myself to over three hours of close proximity to hip-hop music.
I'll go into some details about the actual work we did in a post on Saturday proper, this being only to inform our readers that we have returned safely to our normal lives.
I want to point out that once we actually encountered the people we preparded against they turned out to be paper tigers. On the page they seemed that they might be threatening; but the reality of Ivan and his lot of teen-aged boys is that they are harmless to us. That will not always be the case with those we meet. We must be wary and sensible when we propose our confrontations, but we should not ever be afraid, no matter how our opponents might turn out in the flesh.