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January 2005

Three Out Of Four

imageThe picture is the metro ticket from Inauguration Day 1993. I have the metro tickets from inauguration days 1997 and 2001 as well, but they are in a box somewhere and I apperantly never scanned them. I hope I can find them as I unpack.

Anyway, this is the first Inauguration I have missed since I have been able to vote. And well, since I missed one I doubt I will try again in 4 years, or 8, or whatnot. That tradition is done. I am kind of sad about it. It was a fun thing to do for a news junkie. Doesn’t matter who won or lost or anything like that, it was just good to be a witness, in person, to those historical moments.

Having said that, I of course had a better and much more comfortable view and could hear better sitting in my family room watching it projected on the wall than I ever would have had at the event itself. I watched on C-Span so as to get just the events themselves, not people endlessly talking and commenting on them. It was fun to watch the people come out and see how many I could recognize and to watch the interactions between them.


Renquist managed, but definately did not look good. Did anyone else hear the mechanical rasping as he spoke? Kudos to him to coming out and doing it anyway. I know he is trying to finish out at least this Supreme Court term, but looks like W is definatly going to get to appoint a Chief Justice.

Bush’s speech did its thing I guess, but was not really memorable in any way. It has only been about an hour, and I already forgot everything he said.

Anyway, I can’t think of many things I think W did right in his first term, but I wish him luck on the second. Regardless of if he was my choice or if I agree with him, lots of things are in his hands for the next four years. May he make better choices than he did last time.

Oh well. I have to get back to work now. I had more fun medical related tests to follow up from those kidney stones this morning, and I extended that by a little to watch the inauguration, but I’ve been gone long enough.

15 comments to Three Out Of Four

  • Brandy

    I maintain that watching CSpan2 would have been vastly more interesting.

  • Reb

    Here’s my favorite chant ditty from my undergrad days:

    1, 2, 3, 4
    We won’t be your fucking whore!
    5, 6, 7, 8
    We would rather masturbate!

    I’m not really sure what we meant by it, but it was sure fun yelling it. Kind of made up for not making the cheerleading squad in high school.

  • Abulsme

    Watching the counter-inaugural on C-Span 2 would probably have been more INTERESTING, yes… from a fun to watch and entertaining stuff going on point of view.

    But meanwhile, there was something going on that had historical significance, and actual relevance to what may happen in the next few years. Two things which can not be said about the protests.

    Brandy, if you want I’ll set the Tivo to record the counter-inaugural when they repeat it overnight (which I’m sure they will). Then we can watch it tomorrow.

  • Brandy

    I say we stop recording the stupid dances and change it now.

    Historical my butt. the only thing that will live in infamy is what a colassally BAD president he was, assuming there is anyone left to write the tale when he’s thrown ruining the country.

  • Abulsme

    Rebecca, did you mean to get my next posts, or did your thoughts cross pass in the ether?

    I tried to come up with a fun chant here, but failed.

  • Reb

    I thought I left that post on your post above this one. Not sure what happened. Let me pour myself another drink and ponder it.

  • Abulsme

    Oh… and saw some reports on Renquist. The raspy sound was from air escaping from his tracheotomy tube, which was mostly hidden by a scarf. It was inserted in October to help his breathing.

  • Abulsme

    I thought that comment belonged on the other post! Heh. :-)

    You should put it there too. :-)

  • Brandy

    Ooh. Traches are cool. You can do a field version with a penknife, and bic pen and some duct tape. Wanna see?

  • Abulsme

    I do believe I saw that on M*A*S*H once.

    I’ll pass on trying it out tonight though.

    Lets go for the home appendectimy kit instead.

  • Brandy

    Sounds like fun!

    Tonight, then. :-)

    I’ll sharpen the scalpel.

  • WashDC

    Any chance you would want to trade or sell your 1997 or 2001 inauguration metro passes? I have started collecting them, and can’t seem to find either of those!


  • Abulsme

    Ha! Thanks for the interest. I believe I still have all three of my inauguration day metro tickets from 1993, 1997 and 2001… but they are all still packed away in storage somewhere, not somewhere I could find easily. Not sure I’d end up wanting to part with them either. But at the moment, I have no idea which of about 200 boxes they are probably hiding in, so it is probably a moot point anyway. But it is great that you are collecting them! Fun!

  • WashDC

    Thanks for the response! Yeah, I understand the sentimental aspect, but just thought I would check in case you had extras of one. Looks like all the fare cards will be obsolete in five or so years. Good luck with those boxes!

  • Abulsme

    Good luck finding them!

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