DaTechGuy at the Donald Trump Event in Derry Part 1. The Pros & Semi pros

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DaTechGuy at the Donald Trump Event in Derry Part 1. The Pros & Semi pros

Yes­ter­day I trav­eled up to Derry NH to cover Don­ald Trump’s appear­ance at the Pinker­ton School in Derry.

In a sense the drive up was a metaphor for the trip itself, rather than tak­ing 495 or the major routes that most peo­ple do I took the routes 133 to 111 to 102 arriv­ing at the school at just after 2 PM four hours before the event was sched­uled to begin.

It turned out I parked on the oppo­site side of the cam­pus but decided to stay there fig­ur­ing it would be eas­ier to get out con­sid­er­ing the size of the expected crowd (that turned out to be moot as I left my car keys in a mens room and the delay in find­ing them at the end of the day solved that prob­lem for me).

trump stairsI walked over to the other end of the cam­pus and as I did I noted a group of four Trump vol­un­teers also doing so. All of them were in their mid 20’s and none had the look of polit­i­cal oper­a­tives in them.

At the other end of the cam­pus there were sev­eral tables set up in loca­tions. One area for unticked arrivals, a table at the press access area and a third table at the main entrance.

At his last appear­ance in the Gran­ite State Trump addressed the press first before enter­ing the main hall and today would be no excep­tion. When I arrived there was one ABC tech who had got­ten there first. He was in the process of set­ting up his machine.

I con­sid­ered tak­ing the front row cen­ter spot but it turned out the power out­lets were in the back and any­ways I still had to check in. So leav­ing my lap­top and equip­ment in the back I went to the front entrance to cross the T’s and dot my eyes.

I was imme­di­ately rec­og­nized by one of the Trump crew (And peo­ple laugh at the hat and scarf) from one of my many appear­ances cov­er­ing events in the past. He asked if I had pre-​registered, when I told him I had not he said I should email Hope at once to make con­firm a spot oth­er­wise he couldn’t allow me in.

Unfor­tu­nately I don’t have a smart phone nor did I have the inter­net code for the wire­less but I DID have Hope’s num­ber. I gave her a call and she was kind enough to approve me which would make part of what would fol­low possible.

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Return­ing to the media area and using one chair as a desk I set up my com­puter and made my plan. I had one Canon cam­era with a Lithium Ion bat­tery as my pri­mary device, I had a 2nd Canon cam­era that ran on AA bat­ter­ies with a bro­ken but­ton so I could not adjust focus or take still shots but because canon’s use a dif­fer­ent but­ton for stills & video it could be used for inter­view on my mono­pod. As I didn’t have a backup bat­tery for the good cam­era the plan was to do as many inter­views with the bro­ken one as pos­si­ble and save the good cam­era for the key shots and stills. Fur­ther­more I would setup my USB mic to record the trump presser so I’d have audio no mat­ter what.

It was at this point that I ran into a famil­iar face, NH State Rep Fred Doucette who I had inter­viewed at the FITN event back in April. but had not made a commitment.

He greeted me warm­ing and had praise for the April inter­view we had done. In that inter­view he said the thing he wanted to see most was a can­di­date who would make Amer­ica strong again and appar­ently he had decided that Don­ald Trump was the one to do it and had signed on as a co-​chair of his campaign.

He said that if time per­mit­ted he would sit down with me for a new inter­view and as it hap­pened within 15 min­utes time DID per­mit it prov­ing com­ing very early can pay off.

The BS meter line is sig­nif­i­cant as is the fact that Mr. Doucette’s career was not cen­tered in pol­i­tics and the ques­tion about what are peo­ple miss­ing about Trump would come up again.

There was a mother and son pair of vol­un­teers who were sit­ting out­side the press door. Their job was to make sure that nobody who didn’t belong got in. As it was still early they had time to speak to me.

I found it very sig­nif­i­cant that Leah fol­lowed pol­i­tics for a while but this was the first time she had vol­un­teered for any cam­paign. Given how many cam­paigns pass through this state over the years that meant some­thing (alas nei­ther Dustin nor I would be get­ting a heli­copter ride that day).

Shortly after­ward a stat­uesque woman with a Ger­man accent walked up inquir­ing about cre­den­tial­ing. I found it sig­nif­i­cant that a Ger­man paper was cover Trump and approached her. She intro­duced her­self as Lisa Nien­haus reporter for the Ger­man News­pa­per Frank­furter All­ge­meine Son­ntagszeitung and kindly con­sented to an interview

(FYI Her twit­ter feed from the event was worth watch­ing to wit)

In some ways her descrip­tion of how the German’s were react­ing to Don­ald Trump par­al­leled the way many in our polit­i­cal class have been. I plan on keep­ing an eye on her coverage.

At the point I noticed that vot­ers were start­ing to arrive so I swapped out my mem­ory cards and as the ini­tial pho­tos and inter­views were import­ing to my lap­top I went out­side to see what the peo­ple who showed up hours early had to say.…

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The only pay I get for any of this comes from you. My annual goal is Twenty Two grand which will give me a nom­i­nal liv­ing doing this.

For a Don­ald Trump the 22K that would cover my expenses for the and the extra $10K that would pay for the roof, car, floor kitchen and bath­room repairs that I had to put on plas­tic would be noth­ing and if my traf­fic was the size of a Drudge get­ting enough peo­ple to kick in to cover those bills would likely not be an issue.

But I have to take things as they are so if you like what you see here includ­ing my paid writ­ers like Tim Imholt, Fausta Wertz, Pat Austin et/​al and have a lit­tle extra you can spare. I’d appre­ci­ate it if you would hit DaTipJar





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Yesterday I traveled up to Derry NH to cover Donald Trump’s appearance at the Pinkerton School in Derry.

In a sense the drive up was a metaphor for the trip itself, rather than taking 495 or the major routes that most people do I took the routes 133 to 111 to 102 arriving at the school at just after 2 PM four hours before the event was scheduled to begin.

It turned out I parked on the opposite side of the campus but decided to stay there figuring it would be easier to get out considering the size of the expected crowd (that turned out to be moot as I left my car keys in a mens room and the delay in finding them at the end of the day solved that problem for me).

trump stairsI walked over to the other end of the campus and as I did I noted a group of four Trump volunteers also doing so. All of them were in their mid 20’s and none had the look of political operatives in them.

At the other end of the campus there were several tables set up in locations. One area for unticked arrivals, a table at the press access area and a third table at the main entrance.

At his last appearance in the Granite State Trump addressed the press first before entering the main hall and today would be no exception. When I arrived there was one ABC tech who had gotten there first. He was in the process of setting up his machine.

I considered taking the front row center spot but it turned out the power outlets were in the back and anyways I still had to check in. So leaving my laptop and equipment in the back I went to the front entrance to cross the T’s and dot my eyes.

I was immediately recognized by one of the Trump crew (And people laugh at the hat and scarf) from one of my many appearances covering events in the past. He asked if I had pre-registered, when I told him I had not he said I should email Hope at once to make confirm a spot otherwise he couldn’t allow me in.

Unfortunately I don’t have a smart phone nor did I have the internet code for the wireless but I DID have Hope’s number. I gave her a call and she was kind enough to approve me which would make part of what would follow possible.

trump 2 nh 010

Returning to the media area and using one chair as a desk I set up my computer and made my plan. I had one Canon camera with a Lithium Ion battery as my primary device, I had a 2nd Canon camera that ran on AA batteries with a broken button so I could not adjust focus or take still shots but because canon’s use a different button for stills & video it could be used for interview on my monopod. As I didn’t have a backup battery for the good camera the plan was to do as many interviews with the broken one as possible and save the good camera for the key shots and stills. Furthermore I would setup my USB mic to record the trump presser so I’d have audio no matter what.

It was at this point that I ran into a familiar face, NH State Rep Fred Doucette who I had interviewed at the FITN event back in April. but had not made a commitment.

He greeted me warming and had praise for the April interview we had done. In that interview he said the thing he wanted to see most was a candidate who would make America strong again and apparently he had decided that Donald Trump was the one to do it and had signed on as a co-chair of his campaign.

He said that if time permitted he would sit down with me for a new interview and as it happened within 15 minutes time DID permit it proving coming very early can pay off.

The BS meter line is significant as is the fact that Mr. Doucette’s career was not centered in politics and the question about what are people missing about Trump would come up again.

There was a mother and son pair of volunteers who were sitting outside the press door. Their job was to make sure that nobody who didn’t belong got in. As it was still early they had time to speak to me.

I found it very significant that Leah followed politics for a while but this was the first time she had volunteered for any campaign. Given how many campaigns pass through this state over the years that meant something (alas neither Dustin nor I would be getting a helicopter ride that day).

Shortly afterward a statuesque woman with a German accent walked up inquiring about credentialing. I found it significant that a German paper was cover Trump and approached her. She introduced herself as Lisa Nienhaus reporter for the German Newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and kindly consented to an interview

(FYI Her twitter feed from the event was worth watching to wit)

In some ways her description of how the German’s were reacting to Donald Trump paralleled the way many in our political class have been. I plan on keeping an eye on her coverage.

At the point I noticed that voters were starting to arrive so I swapped out my memory cards and as the initial photos and interviews were importing to my laptop I went outside to see what the people who showed up hours early had to say….

*********************************************************************

The only pay I get for any of this comes from you. My annual goal is Twenty Two grand which will give me a nominal living doing this.

For a Donald Trump the 22K that would cover my expenses for the and the extra $10K that would pay for the roof, car, floor kitchen and bathroom repairs that I had to put on plastic would be nothing and if my traffic was the size of a Drudge getting enough people to kick in to cover those bills would likely not be an issue.

But I have to take things as they are so if you like what you see here including my paid writers like Tim Imholt, Fausta Wertz, Pat Austin et/al and have a little extra you can spare.  I’d appreciate it if you would hit DaTipJar





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That gets all the bills paid. If I can get to Forty Thousand I can afford to travel outside of New England and/or hire more blogger to help me get it done.

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