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October 2004

Inauguration, Whoever Wins

Hi all… those of you who have known me for a bit may know that for the last, um… 12 years or so… going on 16 years… I’ve had a little tradition. Regardless of who wins, I’ve attended every presidential inauguration since I have been able to vote. Not special seats up front or anything, no Inaugural balls, nothing like that. Just going out to the Mall in Washington and standing there with hundreds of thousands of other people and being a witness to the historical event… well, at least a witness to the broadcast of the historical event on jumbotrons set up all over the Mall, since you’re way to far away to see anything with your own eyes, or even binoculars. Except the protesters. It is always easy to see the protesters. Whoever loses never tends to be happy about it, so there are always protesters. And sometimes you can see a bit more in the parade after the inauguration. Sometimes.

Anyway, so far this has both Bill Clinton inaugurations, and the George W Bush inauguration. Each time I’ve had a slightly different group of people with me. I’m not 100% sure it will be practical this year, what with me now being in Florida, rather than in Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Jersey where I was for the last three. But…

I am going to try. Tentatively it looks like Brandy and Amy will join me if we can work out the details and plane fares. And we’ll probably spend a few days visiting other friends and relatives in the mid-Atlantic while we are there.

But does anybody else want to join us for the actual inauguration? Rebecca has attended the previous three with me, the only person to have been at all three with me, but she will not be able to make it this time. So, anybody else?

Just one catch… it is now one week before the election. You have to tell me that you want to go with me BEFORE the results of the election are known. None of this “I’ll go if my guy wins”. This is just to be an observer to a historical event that happens once every four years, not to show support for any one candidate or another.

So, anybody? Anybody?

It is always fun to see the event and watch the people who turn out (including the protesters). The weather often sucks, but hey, it is January in Washington. :-) Just dress warm!

Let me know if you are interested!!!

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