9:10am

I'm going to give this a shot. Service permitting, I'll try to post frequently through the day. Just arrived at the Metro. No sun but no rain yet as well.

I've got on a jacket, my "smile, there's no Hell" t-shirt, an umbrella, 2 packs of smokes, and an anxious smile. Was just yelled at for smoking in the Metro station - whoops. Can't wait to get down there. My first stop (after getting coffee) will be the AN booth. For now its just me, but I hope to make many new friends. I'll keep you updated...

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Comment by matthew greenberg on March 26, 2012 at 7:36am

Comment by annet on March 25, 2012 at 11:06pm

Thank you so much Matt, we were with you in spirit.  (can I say that?)  :)

Comment by Pat on March 25, 2012 at 9:58pm

Well, what does hold up the sky? Seriously, Matt. Muchas gracias for keeping the rest of us posted on yesterday's events. News coverage where I was at was zilch, so you were a very welcome source of info.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 25, 2012 at 9:36pm

"What holds up the sky?!?"

Good night, Irene!!!  How 15th century do you wanna GET?!?

Comment by Steph S. on March 25, 2012 at 9:29pm

You are awesome Matthew! It was a blast!

Comment by matthew greenberg on March 25, 2012 at 8:05pm

thanks for everyone who followed and encouraged me on, especially with a dwindling battery and the rain.  i stayed till the chilly end, despite my feet dying for rest, my back hating my evolutionary 4 legged forefathers/foremothers, my stomach crying for food, and my liver wondering if it would ever get poisoned again. 

my only conversation with a Believer was in the cab ride to the A/N after party, where my Pakistani cabby was quite certain that i am wrong in my disbelief (he had never heard of anyone who didn't believe in God before), his only evidence being "what holds up the sky?". 

the after party was great.  i had about an hour and a half to kill so i hit up the bar, which was 100% Atheist as far as i could tell.  i ended up meeting an ex-Mormon Atheist from Arizona who had wonderful stories to tell.  i enjoyed a couple of "Hitchens Specials", the advertised drink special of the night!  two Johnny Black's, two Jim Beam and Coke's later, and after some free Pizza provided by the American Atheists, it was off to the After Party. 

first up, it was de-Baptisim time!  i got a certificate and everything!  on stage, i pretended to be knocked down by the power of the Blowdryer Spirit.  it was quite inspiring! 

i met, amongst others, Jerry Dewitt, Sean Faircloth, the Alabama "Atheist license plate" guy, Brother Richard (who i had also met at the A/N booth earlier), and Shelly Segal. 

a second $50 cab ride later and i was at my Mother's house in Fairfax, VA at around 1:00am.  all i can say is, what a day!

i'll post some pictures tomorrow. 

Comment by Sandi on March 25, 2012 at 6:42am

"I'm in the middle of thousands of atheists!!"

Lucky you Matt!. Thanx for the updates.

Comment by Pete Yo on March 24, 2012 at 10:41pm

a recording of Richard Dawkins at the Rally: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/21334608

Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2012 at 4:56pm

Many thanks, Matt!

A few reports surfacing on news sites, but mostly pro-forma stuff, no video or in-depth reporting from the scene so far.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 24, 2012 at 4:22pm

"Phone almost dead" - pray for it!  

Thanks VERY MUCH for posting!  It's so great to have the live-reports!  Awesome!

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