inauguralThe past two weeks of commuting have been truly worthy of the title “Commute from Hell”. Last week it rained. A Lot. That combined with people either moving into the area, people coming to the Inaugural, the general bad driving of Maryland Commuters or Inaugural hysteria has tacked on an hour to two hours onto my commute per day! I don’t know if JFK’s Inaugural or Ronald Reagan’s first Inaugural had people whipped up in such a frenzy but I can say from Reagan’s 2nd Inaugural to Bush 43’s 2nd, I haven’t seen an Inauguration cause this much excitement.

Because it was raining most of last week the outside escalators at metro stations were not working. I sincerely hope that it doesn’t rain on January 20th!!

This week ridership on the commuter bus has definitely increased. I’m not sure if its due to people taking the bus instead of fighting the pre-Inaugural traffic or they have figured out that commuting by bus they save a lot of money and aggravation (not to mention it’s much better for the environment). I guess I won’t know the answer to that until the end of next week-if not later.

I got to my commuter bus stop about 20 minutes earlier than usual this morning. It was very cold! I saw Miss Piggy (again wearing sneakers) and Well Groomed at the commuter bus stop. I hadn’t seen them for awhile.
They must be taking the earlier bus to compensate in the lag time caused by traffic back-ups. Jaunty and Nazi guy are still taking the bus at their regular times. Yesterday Jaunty wore a black and white tweed coat topped off with a jolly red scarf! Nazi Guy is sporting a new pair of state of the art head phones. Last week I saw Lush but fortunately the bus came soon after I got to the stop so I didn’t have to witness any of his tirades.

Last night, as I was coming home on the bus, I heard a conversation between two men trying to out feign apathy about the Inaugural. This consisted of them comparing how long they worked in the District, what federal buildings they’ve worked in, familiarity with Secret Service agents, how much security was was in their buildings…fortunately I fell asleep before they finished their pissing contest

On the bus ride in today I could see on the Mall and along Pennsylvania Avenue reviewing stands, flags draped over buildings, seats and outdoor stages being set up in preparation for the Inaugural. I know I use this blog to gripe about my commute from hell (and most times its a well deserved gripe) but in times like these or when I see the Capital Building back dropped by a baby blue sky in the morning or illuminated at night, I can’t help but be in awe. I have a ring side seat to the the center of Government and a witness to history. I am at the heart of a peaceful and celebratory transfer of power and I couldn’t feel more special and priviliged to be here.

Washington Post’s Inauguration watch

National Mall Open for Obama Inaugural

Expedia.com’s Inaugural tips page

Record Crowd expected for Inaugural

10 things you need to know about attending the Inaugural

Experience DC Inaugural page

CNN U.S. Presidential Inauguration News