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One potential inauguration tragedy, narrowly averted

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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.

The “subversive” verses from Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land were sung by the American people today on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.


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This is my last pre-Inaugural post. These low quality photos were taken by me this morning with my cell phone at the Metro Center subway station. On the way in, on my bus, we passed the Capital and rode along Pennsylvania Avenue. Everything was decked out in red, white and blue glory. Its actually really pretty and peaceful today but I shudder to think what its going to be like next Tuesday when between one to four million people descend on DC.

Its really really cold here (13 degrees F, -3 degrees F with the wind chill) and its supposed to go down to single digits in the evening. On the day of the Inaugural its supposed to be a balmy 30 degrees F!

The metro was a mess this morning. There were two train outages on the red line and one on the yellow line. I managed to pack into one car like a sardine only to be told the train would be by passing my stop. Naturally, they didn’t announce that until we were outside so I had to get off the train and stand in the freezing cold for five minutes until one arrived that would be stopping on my stop. Does that make any sense? The upshot is, if Metro is having trouble with normal rush hour traffic today I don’t know what it will be like next Tuesday. It will most likely be the “commute from Xtreme hell”!

I have some RSS feeds here concerning the Inaugural and commuting in DC. I also have a bunch of links (look to your right). It would probably be a good idea to check out some of these links and feeds before you leave for the Inaugural (if you’re going) so you can gauge what you’re up against in terms of roads, metro, weather, parking.

I may post some interesting news stories, videos, etc before Tuesday but I won’t be able to give any first hand accounts of anything as I am off of work until next Thursday. Have a great weekend and holiday!

090115-security-hmed-4ah2No credible threat detected, but measures are the most extensive ever

WASHINGTON – Federal authorities have begun to seal off a security zone extending miles from the Capitol, where President-elect Barack Obama will be sworn in on Tuesday