Lately, I've seen them set-up in static locations. In my case, I see them at the ferry terminal with a slick-ish graphic board and their ubiquitous propaganda fliers. I think they still push the Awake! and Watchtower mags, in addition to the two page pamphlets. The JWs look so happy. They probably are. But my experience with them was something other than pleasant.
My family was "in the truth". As a kid, I remember my mom driving me to the Kingdom Hall, without my father. I pieced it together later. My father was at some point "disfellowshiped" for drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. That meant he was shunned: No JW could associate with my father until he repented and asked for forgiveness. When I was real young, I remember my mom and dad and their Witness friends. And then they were gone. He made new friends. It still must have hurt.
I know what hurt more, though. His mother and father were JWs as well. We used to go visit grandma and grandpa. Then we stopped. Again, I was a kid, and didn't understand what was going on. I do know that when they passed on, they considered my father not worthy of any consideration. They left their house to the Watchtower Society. Yeah. In San Jose, CA. That was over 30 years ago. Today, that house would be worth at least $750k. I hope the JWs put that gift to good use.
My maternal grandmother died years later. As a JW, she would not take blood transfusions.
I feel bitter, but also very sad. I don't blame the average "Witness" for falling for that dogmatic nonsense. They have a system that works, in a text-book dysfunctional manner. They truly love each other, the way an abused still loves their abuser. If these folks weren't duped by the Jehovah's Witnesses, they'd probably find a worse group like Heaven's Gate or Aum Shinrikyo.
For all you Atheists, this could just be more fuel for your hatred of religion. That's on you. Me? I'm too tired to hate. There is good in people, and yes, some good religions as well. It's easy to "throw the baby out with the bathwater". It's hard to accept the ugly and evil in the world. It's going to be there, always. In your face.
So when I get off the ferry, the JWs smile at me, and I smile back. I just don't think either of us is smiling inside.