Well folks the lengths I go to inform, educate and amuse you my faithful readers. Friday night I received a top secret phone call informing me of a NXIVM celebration in an old abandoned banquet hall in Halfmoon NY. Seems the old guard had put out a call for a gathering of the faithful to show “support” for Nancy Salzman’s aka ( "Prefect") in what they are now calling these “troubled times”
With a scheduled start time of 8pm I showed up at quarter till 7, parked in plain sight in an adjacent parking lot, put the top down in my fast and nimble red Mitsubishi Spyder and proceeded to photograph and record the festive proceeding.
Well let me tell you, I am one jaded bastard, but even I was surprised by the level of security. A paramilitary style camouflaged truck with two security guards were the first to arrive to secure the perimeter. I can only assume they were armed. Then with the area swept clean the happy guest began to arrive. Happy that is until they saw me.
My first confrontation was with a large young man that went something like this. I will call him Smiley in honor of his sunny disposition.Smiley; approaching my car “what are you doing”
Me; recording for prosperity the blessed event
Smiley;Who are you?
Me: I write for Saratogaindecline.
Smiley; So you’re that guy
Me; Yes I am, you should read it.
Smiley;Your nothing but a coward.
Me; How am I a coward? I’m out in plain sight, unarmed while you huddle in an abandoned banquet house, protected by UZI packing paramilitaries and I’m the fucking coward?
Smiley;I want you to leave.
Me; Well Smiley I want to win the lottery tonight but I think we’re both going to be disappointed.
At this point Smiley is growing visibly more and more angry.
Smiley; Do you ever watch the TV show LOST
Me; Yes handsome I love that show.
Smiley; People disappear in real life
Me; And a Merry Christmas to you too
Well at least I got rid of him.
Now my “rules of engagement”
Believe it or not I do follow my own moral compass. How ever fucked up it is.
1. I try not to photograph children
2. I am not after the little minnows, I want the big fish
3. Security guards will always be photographed
4. Anyone who confronts me is photographed
5.Any one who takes my picture will be photographed
Next the food started to arrive and let me tell you it looked like it sucked.
Five boxes of pizza ,Wal-Mart bags of Soda. And I’m not making this up. A bunch of food brought to the party in a organic pest control company truck.YUM!!
More and more guests arrived dressed in a wide variety of clothing styles. Some were pretty hot. All were mightily pissed when they saw me.
Then as the magic hour of 8 arrived and I waited with baited breath to get a photo of Keith Raniere, it happened.
Not one, but two State trooper cars surrounded me.
Now let me say that once I explained to the officers what I was doing they couldn’t have been nicer. They were very interested in what was going on inside. One had gone to the door of the decrepit banquet house, but they wouldn’t let the Trooper into the building past the front door. They then asked me what they were doing inside, I explained everything, one promised to read my blog. I pointed out the paramilitary vehicles and told them they were trying to get me out of the area so my presence wouldn’t upset ‘Vanguards” arrival.
Now this discussion had taken over a half an hour and the police explained that although I was doing nothing illegal, my presence was upsetting the people in side. At that point knowing the level of paranoia, the fact they were probably heavily armed I agreed, voluntarily to leave.
I know some of you out there are still afraid of these bozos. Some of you are on the fence about giving me information. Don’t be, they are all bluff, if this 53 year old man living in a rented apartment, still running windows xp on an old computer with a $60 Kodak camera can cause all this trouble. Well then you got nothing to worry about
Oh and I almost forgot happy birthday Nancy
I thought this guy was trouble and he was headed for me,but my camera scared him off
This one makes the cut for photographing me
This pissed off women took my photo. Here's looken at you kid
The food really sucked
I did see two of the cars that I think have been following me.
Black BMW SUV Tinted windows
black SUV with dark Tinted windows
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