I have to admit I’m not sure how much this feature is going to touch on my usual feminist themes, but I thought it would be fun to do a running diary type thing of Inauguration weekend. Here it goes!
11:30ish AM: Ever sine I found out the National Council of Women’s Organizations was having an Inaugural Ball, I decided to should try to scam my way into it. Somehow, I decided scamming my way into balls would be a good source of entertainment. Tickets to everything are so hard to get that I thought the challenge might be amusing. In my ideal world, I would somehow also get into the official Obama Youth Ball, but I think that’s a pipe dream. Anyways, it looked like I wasn’t going to be able to pull this off and then today I got the call that I can go for free! WOO! Of course, this means I now need to frantically find a dress and actually shave my legs. The condition for attending this thing means some volunteering stuffing goody bags this afternoon.
12:30ish PM: Went to pick up lunch. Au Bon Pain is selling “Yes We Can Cookies.” I should note here, that the amount of Obama stuff you can buy in DC right now is insane. You cannot walk a block downtown without hitting a street vendor selling shirts, hats, buttons, key chains, bobbleheads, etc. Because I am me, I definitely could not resist a hot pink Barack Obama inaugural sweatshirt. It will make an appearance this weekend, don’t you worry.
1:39 PM: Given that they have closed off every road in the city it seems and the Metro will be a total disaster, lots of people are planning on sleeping at the office on Monday night (we’re fairly close the Mall and very close to the White House). I know there are plans for cupcakes and I was thinking of bringing the West Wing DVD’s. My boss is staying as well. In fact, she’s currently making a census of who is coming to what I’m sure will be a very bizarre and very fun sleepover. This whole thing seems worth mentioning because this is just how insane this whole thing is. LOTS of DC-ers are actually planning on doing stuff like this.
See the free concert with Springsteen and like a gagillion other people. It’s like 20 degrees today, by the way, hopefully this will change by concert time. If not, I’m totally bringing a sleeping bag.
Either volunteering (the Inaugural Committee has failed to give me an assignment yet) or finding a good jumbotron on the mall!
More to come! And hopefully pictures!