Jan. 20th, 2009

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I looked all morning long to see if I could find any of the people that I knew in DC at the early morning pre-I at the Mall. No luck! Oh well. I waved to them on the tv anyhow.

I was planning on making it to the office double time so that I wouldn't miss any of the speeches on the internet. I was coming down into Yerba Buena Gardens (where I walk through to get to and from the train) and heard all kinds of speechifying and noise. Hey wow! A big jumbo-tron and a Fox News feed, and lo and behold! The Inauguration! I decided that out in the morning sunshine with my fellow Americans was a way better way to experience a little bit of history than holed up in the office. I texted JC to say that I would be late- and settled in to watch.

I got to see a good chunk of everything. Yo-yo Ma and everyone's beautiful performance, Fienstein's introductions, the invocation (which I thought was beautiful), Aretha and the swearing in of both our new Vice President and our new President. When the tv announcer mentioned that it was a little behind schedule, and that since it was noon- Obama was actually President, ceremony or not- everyone cheered. At the end? After Obama was sworn in? People threw their hats in the air!

It was fun. I'm glad I stopped. I hope that he continues to bring this country closer together, because more than anything. I think that's the best thing about it all.

Watched the end and the parade and what not back in the office. It was a good day.

On a totally unrelated note, but still fucking cool- I got my Virgin Galactic newsletter today, one of the major updates:

On December 31st, 2008, Virgin Galactic signed a 20 year lease agreement with the State of New Mexico.
Virgin Galactic's world headquarters will be established in New Mexico and its base of operations
will be located at New Mexico's Spaceport America, the nation's first purpose-built commercial spaceport.


How cool is that? Spaceport America!! yay space!

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