Saturday, January 17, 2009

-- should I or shouldn't I go to the Inauguration?

Photo from Reagan Inauguration where about 500,000 people attended. Up to 4 million people are expected for Obama's Inauguration.
Trying to decide if I should go downtown Tuesday to see the inauguration. Every mode of public transportation that would be easy/comfortable is basically sold out: MARC train, Amtrak... the only thing left is the metro. And the metro home page warns loudly: "expecting CRUSH-LEVEL traffic".

So this is what I picture:They're opening at 4am, parking lots open at 3:30am. Not all stations are even open and not all streets will be accessible. I live about 16 miles from the city, not exactly an easy stroll, and so I am trying to figure out how to get down there. Some links:
So that's it folks. Let's see....


Christie Lanning said...

I say go for it. Even though it will be a pain in the butt to get there, I think it would be worth it. :0)

AndreaLeigh said...

I say no. I know it would be a great moment to experience first hand, but you would just be watching on a jumbotron, most probably, just like at home. only with tons of people and uncomfortable conditions and cold. plus i worry something bad might happen.

it is still a red letter, important day even if you aren't personally in the thick of it. why not experience it at home?

Matt said...

I say go. It isn't often that we get to know ahead of time that history is going to happen.

AndreaLeigh is right, you won't see anything of the actual event but I think you should look at it differently. Go with the intent to experience the moment through the others around you. Just be apart of the moment.

You can always DVR the event on TV and watch it later.

Oh, and I say ride your bike. Yes it's cold and a little farther then you would like but still.



melissa said...

good god! that video would be enough to terrify me out of going! holy crap!!

i think if i were close, i would try to be there- arrive a day early and sleep in a cardboard box or something, then leave thursday. i also would then be pissed at myself, because i would have seen absolutely nothing but mobs of people, and i would have experienced more of it on TV.

so- what do you want more? to actually see what is said and done, or to be able to tell your friends and relatives that you were there? i think there is validity to either preference, truthfully.

Michael Berman said...

This reminds me of the story my friend tells about going to Woodstock. He drove up there and was supposed to meet some friends. He parked 7 or 8 miles away on the side of the highway, walked to the site in the rain and spent a few hours looking for them... of course he didn't find them... so he walked back to his car, which was boxed in... slept in the car and then the next day was able to drive across a field and get back on the highway and go home.

Nonetheless, if it was me, I'd go for it! Take the biggest bottle of water you can fit and some trail mix and be part of the human celebration.

bodelou said...

go! its history. and the experience will be something u can look back on for years. i was at the election nite rally and i loved every minute.

doooo it!

tony a.k.a. isweatbutter said...

i say GO. so that i can live vicariously through you. i had to bail on the idea.

and don't worry about the cold, 4 million people all up in each other's grills, you're bound to keep warm.

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