18 January 2009
Let The Crazy Commence!
I've been in DC for a few days now but today marks the beginning of "official" Inauguration events. Until Saturday evening the future President wasn't in the District and now having some context, it should have been more obvious. As I sit here writing - roughly 15 blocks from the National Mall - helicopters are whirling overhead. Police cars cruise down the street about every 5 minutes. There are even men with guns standing on the corner. And that's 15 blocks away!
While there was no indication of extra people on Thursday and Friday, they started to arrive in droves yesterday afternoon, and all decided to go to the same 4 venues last night. The energy is off the charts. This city is alive.
Today we're walking down to the National Mall for the big concert - every famous person on earth singing songs about America! They're expecting 1 million people and there are five entrances. Woo!
The "obstacles" seem to be buses and the weather. 10,000 charter buses are converging on the city in the next 24 hours. Yes, you read that right. Now, where are they going? They're actually turning city streets into parking lots. SOLID MASS OF BUS. As for the weather, it was -11 degrees Friday with windchill. I have never in my life been so cold! Still, we're braving it because this is a once in a lifetime experience.
My only note to the "out-of-towners:" When riding escalators on the subway, stand to the right and walk to the left. Thanks!