So here's what I ordered this morning...
because everything should taste like bacon
Curse you Ron Popeil.
From the front lines:
The cool factor here today is off the charts.
I lived here for 17 years and have never felt such energy.
People outside our building are singing, chanting, trying to do the wave...it's black, white, Latino, Asian...you name it...all smiling and shoulder to shoulder.
Brings a tear to my moderate heart. Sadly, there are way too few security checkpoints so there are gazillions of people who can't reach either the mall or the parade route, but they're still out there trying. Catherine my step-daughter
gave up and took the Metro home. I've also never seen security like
this. We get wanded every time we go OUT of our building to hang out on
the street...never done that before.
I'm pretty sure you could do 110mph or better on I-81 today cuz the entire VA State Police force is outside 701 Penn Ave.
We came by car this a.m. from Ken & Peter's house in "Upper Caucasia" -- I guess we can't call it that anymore -- b/c Ken has a monthly parking pass and got himself on a Secret Service "list"
... lord knows how he pulled that off. It was a little convoluted reaching our designated checkpoint at 8th & E, with several U-turns involved and some poor woman fell off her bike and into our car (we weren't moving thankfully), but we got there.
The SS lowered the electronic barrier, sniffed the whole car w/ a canine, moved a bus out of our way (all of the DC sightseeing buses are being used to blockade the streets), we passed the DC City Council motorcade in our lowly Toyota (only Ken would have the balls to do that one), and we were on our way to 7th & D. Took all of 45 minutes. Peter commented that it was like riding with Moses watching the sea of humanity on the streets part for him. Too funny. The motorcade pic below is Bush 43 and Obama 44 en route this a.m. from the WH to the Capitol before he was sworn in.
The truck just in front of this one had the TV cameras on it. We chatted w/ Ann Curry on the sidewalk after she did her live feed. She's just lovely.
Patriotically yours from inauguration central, Ann, pictured above as the bride, circa 1990. In order you have Dana, Princess Ann, B.A.R.B. and me (Suzanne) nice bow.
What was the hardest part about the experience, both physically and emotionally?
I couldn't respond the way I would want to on different things. When I wanted to respond to negative press, I would have to pretend it wasn't bothering me. When the article came out about your brother and where he was, that was very, very difficult. Extremely irresponsible. Not being able to respond is the hard part. Physically, the pace was grueling. When I am stressed I don't eat very much and I lost a lot of weight. People would talk about me being a skinny old woman and I resented people talking about me that way. The kind of lifestyle at the time, when all you eat is coffee, run around from place to place, and don't get much sleep, you're not going to gain weight.
Oh, Boo Fricking Hoo....what is she doing "eating coffee"? Also.
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