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Countdown to the Inauguration: ABW Arrives in DC

I held off on mentioning this until I was sure it would be a reality, but now it can be told: I’m attending the Inauguration of President Obama! Yay!

I just arrived in DC on the Chinatown bus and am waiting in a Starbucks for my cousin to pick me up. More family arrives tomorrow and hooking up with other family will happen Monday. Tuesday we all make the long trek to the Inauguration site, and then sometime late that night I go home. It’ll be an intense few days, but I am very excited.

This morning the bus was packed with young, politically charged people excited for the festivities. And when we arrived in DC, about 4 buses came in short succession, all filled to the brim with people.

Today I plan to chill at my cousin’s and get some work done while waiting for my other family. Tomorrow we have to go into DC proper to get our tickets and I’m sure someone has plans for doing something.

But Tuesday after the swearing in and parades and such, I have a lot of time to kill and must stay in DC as my bus leaves at 11:30pm. (I might try to get on an earlier bus, depending.) If any readers out there are going to be in the city and maybe want to hook up at a party or something, or are hosting a party of your own, let me know! I may not be too tired. :)

More information as it comes (and pictures!). I’ll be liveblogging the ceremony if the weather allows.

14 thoughts on “Countdown to the Inauguration: ABW Arrives in DC”

  1. Mahoganydymond™ says:

    Have a fun and safe trip. Some of my family members are on there way there… I opted out because of money issues. I will be glued to the TV when I can. I will also come by here too..

  2. Shveta says:

    Oh, I’m so excited for you! Hooray! *will be following your updates eagerly*

  3. Betsy-the-muffin says:

    Hopefully the weather will allow, and hopefully the cell network will allow: right now, they’re saying not to trust electronic communications to work on the Mall, because everyone and their sister will be pulling out their cell phones & it might overwhelm things.

    –your friendly neighborhood inaugural volunteer

  4. Alex says:

    Glad you’re there. I had half a chance to maybe go …. it didn’t work out so I’ll be at an Inauguration Party in New Orleans watching TV with a glass of champagne in my hand! Eager to hear your take on things.

  5. Anna Feruglio Dal Dan says:

    Envy! I will be toasting the day at my home, with scones, tea and champagne. :-)

  6. nojojojo says:

    ::jealous but pleased:: Have fun! I expect pictures here on ABW. =)

  7. Guy Gayle says:

    Say hi to everybody for me!

  8. Emma says:

    omg. omg. congrats! ogle obama for us. um, i mean, serious political thoughts, what

  9. J. Andrews says:

    Awesome! I hope you have a great time.

  10. Mary Robinette Kowal says:

    I will admit to a certain amount of jealousy!

  11. JoSelle says:

    I hope you have fun!!! That’s great news. I wish I could go too :(

  12. Eileen Gunn says:

    Yay! Tell it, ABW! You’re our eyes and ears.

  13. Craig Gidney says:

    I’m avoiding downtown, but you can contact me after the festivities….

  14. Ken says:

    That’s so awesome! Congrats!

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