ELECTION 2016: My First Presidential Campaign Event

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Ah, election season. It’s a truly wonderful time where distant relatives stop spamming our Facebook news feeds with pointless click bait articles, and start drawing us offside with scorching hot political opinions, causing many uncomfortable family gatherings across our great nation. And let’s not forget about all the people from high school we’re still Facebook friends with for some reason, who just love voicing their opinions on just about anything. This time of the year just wouldn’t be the same without them.

This year, as you all know, America is in the midst of a historical, wacky, and downright controversial campaign season, unlike anything we have ever seen. Bernie Sanders, a man widely viewed as an outsider without much of a chance, is clawing and scratching his way toward a successful campaign. Donald Trump, businessman, reality star, and billionaire, is leading the polls, and could quite possibly secure the nomination from the Republican Party. Today, both men have made their way to Albany, desperately trying to secure as many delegates as they can in the upcoming New York primary.

My goal has always been to keep this site as devoid of political opinions as possible. First of all, my theory on politics closely mirrors that of Dennis Reynolds, a character from the hit show It’s Always Sunny in  Philadelphia. “Who am I supposed to vote for? The Democrat who is going to blast me in the ass? Or the Republican who’s blasting my ass? It’s coast-to-coast, nationwide, ass blasting.” This probably isn’t the best philosophy to have, but we’ve all got our problems. Second, if you’re not already beaten down from politics at this point, there are plenty of other resources to get your fix. But after all of the ridiculous headlines and drama that have been spawned by this election cycle, I decided that if I had a chance to see a candidate live, I would absolutely do it without hesitation.

Unfortunately, Bernie Sanders scheduled his event at noon, and I decided not to take the time off of work to go see him. (*insert joke about Sanders supporters being unemployed moochers here.*) Luckily (?), one Donald J. Trump had his event scheduled at 7 PM, so I decided to take my talents back to the Times Union Center in Albany, hoping to get a first hand look at the Donald Trump phenomenon that seems to be sweeping the nation.

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BROad Trip: The Gang Takes on The 6

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Finally, after almost 24 years on planet earth, my friends and I planned and actually followed through with a bro road trip (also known as the first ever BROad trip). We decided to head off to Buffalo, NY to spend a night with our friend Moe to celebrate his 24th birthday. The next day, we would head north to the land of poutine, hockey, and Molson: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

For as much planning we had done leading up to the weekend, I was still a bit skeptical that we would ever get on the road and go through with everything. If you’re not sure what would make me feel this way, you’ve probably never spent more than three minutes with my group of friends. It’s hard enough to get everyone to agree on something to do on a typical Friday night, let alone round everyone up to travel to another country. Miraculously enough, fifteen minutes after our agreed upon time of departure, the bags were loaded, and the wheels were in motion toward Toronto.

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