okay, so it wasn’t bad at all. nearly painless, in fact!
i arrived at noon and there were already a few people standing at the designated spot with their signs, and there were also quite a few police cars scattered about. i found a place to park, which i thought was outside the bounds of the hotel parking lot, and went to join the peeps. there was a big stack of signs ready for whoever showed up, so all i had to do was pick a sign and stand with everyone else. easy peasy!
about three minutes later, however, one of the police officers (undercover) told me that i would have to move my car, so after conferring with him about property lines and whatnot (so that i didn’t screw up), i moved my car and wandered on back. heh.
it was super cold today, but i was basically dressed for it. the only misstep was that i wore running shoes, so my toes were pretty cold when all was said and done. oh well, lesson learned.
we ended up with over 20 people there, which i thought was a really good turnout. we mostly stood at the entrance to the hotel’s parking lot (near their sign), but at one point a good handful of people also went across the street, so that the opposite traffic could read our signs too.
reaction was pretty mild–no crazy confrontations or anything like that. we did have a couple of people honk and then flip us off, and one guy rolled down his window and yelled, "GO HOME!" but compared to the supportive honking (you know, cheerful honking! hee) and little thumbs up signals, it was nothing. we got a lot more supportive reactions than unsupportive ones. i’ve learned that i’m a bit like a pageant queen–when people honk, i like to wave to them. i was quite delighted when people waved back.
we were out for just about two hours before we called it a day. all in all, it wasn’t bad and i would feel comfortable doing something like that again. no chanting, no yelling, no "craziness," just good old-fashioned peaceful protest.