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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

History in the Making

The inauguration is one week from today. I live about 25 miles from DC. I would love to be a part of it - in person ...

The local newspaper is reporting that I-95 North could be backed up as far south as Richmond on January 20th. The Metro (subway) is opening up at 4AM. The security checkpoints will be opening up at 7 AM. All the bridges going into DC from Virginia are being closed to traffic. All traffic will be diverted around the Beltway at the Mixing Bowl (Springfield). Various close-in Metro stations will be closed so the chartered buses have a place to park. Dulles Airport is shutting down one of their runways so that private jets have a place to park. The media is telling everyone to walk to the Mall or the Capitol or the parade route - driving will be impossible. And once you get there, stay put or you will most definitely lose your spot. It's absolutely CRAZY!

The swearing in ceremony doesn't even start till 11:30. The parade starts at 2:00. And the weather is supposed to be in the 20's. And we could have snow flurries !

There won't be a million and one cars on the road that morning ... because the "one" is staying parked in her parking spot.

I am taking the day off from work.

And I will witness this historical inauguration - from the comfort of my home, on my couch, in front of the TV with all the modern conveniences - like a bathroom and food and drink. And best of all, I WILL BE ABLE TO SEE EVERYTHING without losing my spot.

6 comments:

m (the misanthrope) said...

Howdy neighbor! You and me BOTH, I tell ya. I think that there are more restrictions on VA roads than up here in MD.

Nonetheless, I plan to watch this historic event from the comfort of my sofa, with food and bathrooms within easy reach. I actually heard someone on the Fox 5 news say that attendees should "drink as little as possible" to avoid having to go to the bathroom! Crazy. And bummer that you have to actually take the day off...it is a holiday for some, and should be for all in my book.

Good to see you posting again! Hope you had a great time with your son!

SJ said...

I will pass this crazy-ness along to my co-worker who as you know is DRIVING from Colorado to DC just to see it IN PERSON. I already tried to tell her she was crazy, but she's going through with it just the same! And really, I can't blame her. I wish her luck!

Enjoy watching from the comfort of your home.....

marmiteandtea said...

We're planning to walk down and hopefully see something on the giant screens. There are lots of porta loos on the mall but I doubt enough for the masses who are coming. I heard no umbrellas too!
Enjoy it on TV :)

A Spot of T said...

I'm from Canada but I definitely plan on finding a good channel and watching it too. What a day it will be!

Beckie said...

It sure would be something to see in person, but it is going to be a madhouse! I'll be viewing from the comfort of my living room.

giants fan said...

I don't blame you!!

It is most certain to be crazy in that area that day!