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Old 01-18-2009, 09:32 AM   #1
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I will post photos here as the events unfold. So far we don't have good tickets so these will be from a long way off. We are heading down to the Boss' concert later.
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Here is the first showing the inauguration stand in pristine pre-event condition:

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Get some sandwiches, and go sit in the front row.
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Get some sandwiches, and go sit in the front row.
...and let us know how you liked spending some time in the DC jail system.
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We are heading down to the Boss' concert later.
Give our regards to the Boss! I'm sure many of the gentlemen around here would be more excited about seeing Beyonce perform.
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What's the temperature there, Don? Heard something on the radio last night about a long-ago inaugural ball where they forgot to turn on the heat. During the ball everyone keep their coats on, they let loose some canaries, uh, well, the rest is history.
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It can be bitter out there. I marched in Nixon's 2nd inaugural parade (marching band), and after standing around for 3 hours in 20 degree weather, some of the brass players mouthpieces got so cold they stuck to their lips. Yowsa!
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Beautiful photo, Don. Even seeing the pre-event inauguration stand is pretty awe-inspiring!
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What's the temperature there, Don?
We had a cold snap which is moderating today. It's been 5-15 at night and mid 20's daytime. Today it finally got above freezing. It's supposed to be upper 30's on Inauguration Day.

DW is overcome with emotion and annouced today "We're going to be there!!" or "as close as we can get".........we'll see.
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Get some sandwiches, and go sit in the front row.
Yeah, can't you see this bunch headed to the front row.

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I just saw the star studded concert at the Lincoln Memorial on HBO. For those in attendance, the experience is probably similar to those who were at Woodstock.
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And this is related to FIRE.... How? Come on it is on TV 24 hours a day just about every news channel!
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And this is related to FIRE.... How? Come on it is on TV 24 hours a day just about every news channel!
I believe OP is FIREd and just reporting on his daily activities which I always find very interesting.
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And he lives on Capitol Hill. Our foreign correspondent, kinda like Christiane Amanpour is to CNN.
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It can be bitter out there. I marched in Nixon's 2nd inaugural parade (marching band), and after standing around for 3 hours in 20 degree weather, some of the brass players mouthpieces got so cold they stuck to their lips. Yowsa!
I was on the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee for the Bush I inauguration. I also marched in the Cherry Blossom parade way back before then when I was in high school. Supposed to be warm in March, but it was sleeting and I also suffered from the cold mouthpiece syndrome.

My daughter and some of her friends have great seats for the swearing-in. This time, I will watch on the TV from my Northern Virginia living room.
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I was on the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee for the Bush I inauguration. I also marched in the Cherry Blossom parade way back before then when I was in high school. Supposed to be warm in March, but it was sleeting and I also suffered from the cold mouthpiece syndrome.

My daughter and some of her friends have great seats for the swearing-in. This time, I will watch on the TV from my Northern Virginia living room.
Hey, I live in NOVA too! I also plan to watch from the safety of my living room.
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OK, so we walked down to the Mall. Here is DW (center) and our friends Dave and Sharon from Maui checking out our seats for Tuesday;



Then we strolled down toward the Lincoln Memorial and realized from the number of people that surrounded us that it might be a sizable crowd:



As we came up to the Washington Monument we figured we might not get close:


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Crossing over the hill we knew we were late:



But, what the heck jumbotrons and a good sound system help:



It was a scene of rapture:



And we better get down there earlier on Tuesday:



If you want to see the larger originals they are at:
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Edit: I forgot to add, the HBO show is great -- much better seats than ours. Catch it next time the airs it if you can. Thank God for Tivo - we will use it on Tuesday to catch what we miss.
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Wow, Don - - those are some big crowds, and it's still two days until the Inauguration. I can hardly imagine how big the crowds will be on Tuesday.

It's fun for those of us who live elsewhere in the U.S. to see how beautiful the monuments look behind the crowds.
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