January 2009

busMy commute seems to be back to its Pre-Inaugural hysteria level and is taking the usual hour forty minute round trip instead of the two hour ten minutes or two hour forty minute trip. Ridership on the commuter buses is definitely up though. I have to get to the parking lot at least 30 minutes before the last bus to get a parking space in the lot (I usually take an earlier bus anyway but this means I venture forth at my own peril if I dawdle or sleep through my alarm).

Well Groomed is taking an earlier bus in from Jaunty which is why I haven’t seen her the last couple of weeks. She is probably doing so to compensate for the buses running late. I wonder if she’ll go back to her old schedule? Yesterday I was on the same bus as Occupational Therapy Guy coming and going but the bus was so crowded I didn’t get a gander at his latest project. On the ride home last night some idiot cut off the bus and the bus driver slammed on the breaks in an effort to not rear end the car which caused the bus to lurch and I was flown into the back of the seat in front of me. Luckily no one was hurt. You have to wonder what these people are thinking when they cut off buses and trucks. Is it so important they save a few minutes that they put themselves and others in danger? The funny part is that when I see a car weaving and bobbing through traffic to get ahead of me, I usually end up right beside them or behind them at the next light so what time have they really saved?

The reviewing stands are still up along Pennsylvania Avenue and the Capital is still decked out in its Inaugural finery which gives the city a festive air. With the arrival of a new president and administration you can feel the pulse of the city is more charged. Now if they can only get rid of that stupid red school house with “No child left behind” sign ( written in a childish scrawl as if it was on a blackboard which makes it even more annoying) in front of the Dept. of Education building my happiness will be complete!

Yesterday some streets were closed when the new Prez visited the State Dept. to introduce his new madam secretary of awesome but it didn’t wrangle up traffic too much.

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capitolimg_photosynthUsing Photosynth technology, CNN combined their photos with professional shots to create three-dimensional spaces. This requires a download but its well worth it!

cat-watching-tvTechnical Difficulties

Switch to Digital TV May Not Be as Smooth as Advertised

map1Following Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th US president, commentary in the international media focused on his ability to carry out a mandate for change. Many expected any such change to be gradual.

One potential inauguration tragedy, narrowly averted

stuck in a tunnel for hours0116090757-11; whoever was responsible is lucky no one was hurt, or worse.

crowdThe historic crowd that gathered to see Barack Obama sworn in as president has now begun leaving the National Mall, crowding Metro stations and jamming downtown streets with human gridlock.

wh2White House web site changes over at exactly 12:00pm

hp1-20-09zzThe American Music Ball has been cancelled, according to a rep for the Marriott Wardman Park hotel where it was to have been hosted.

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