Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Being Part Of History Sounds Painful

My brother-in-law F. has tickets for Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony. Yay, F.! I hope he takes a lot of pictures and tells me all about it the next time I see him. While Rick Warren's role is decidedly un-awesome, this is such an exciting time in our nation's history. But it never occurred to me to ask F. to hook me up so that I could get a piece of the inauguration action. I lived in the D.C. area long enough to know that it is very, very cold in January, and traffic can be a gigantic pain in the ass on a normal day. Multiply that by 1,000, and that's what I imagine the scene will be like on Jan. 29.

I have run into so many people who say they're planning to go inauguration to be a part of history, and God bless 'em. I'll be streaming it from my desk. I can't think of anything I'd rather do less than parachute into such gridlock and mass frustration. Some of my otherwise sane relatives are talking about taking a road trip. Maybe if I were still in college and up for anything, I'd do it. It's not like I wouldn't have places to stay. But first, I'd have to get there. That is going to be harder - much harder - than people think. As my friend L. put it, "Folks are talking about 'stopping by' the inauguration like it's a house party." According to the New York Times, even people who have tickets are going to need Lance Armstrong levels of stamina.

Maybe it will all be worth it for the reported million people who are expected to show up. Certainly, it is heartwarming that Obama's victory means so much to so many people. In case I haven't made it very clear, I'm big fan. But somehow, I think he'll have a perfectly good time without me.


downtown guy said...

My girlfriend lives up there, and my buddy and I thought about going up for it, but then we came to our senses. I might take the day off for it and join the party at my sister's house, though.

EDP said...

At least you could crash with your girlfriend, so that is a semi-sane idea. I thought about taking the day off, too, but D.C. in January? No can do!

downtown guy said...

Yeah, having her up there was the only reason I even considered it. I would love to be there, though. I mean, normally I'm not one for massive crowds, but the feeling there that day is going to be incredible.

Zil said...

Lord help me but I'm going. The deciding factor was that my friends from England are coming over for it, so it's also a chance to see them. And 4 million of my closest friends.