Is the Inauguration over yet?

by - Thursday, January 15, 2009

Between bomb scares and random services outages the Metro has been working like crap this week, which makes my commute to and from work a real joy. I blame it on the sheer panic that has engulfed the city as a result of next week's Inauguration.

With estimates of millions and millions of people coming to town (some already starting to trickle in) to see Obama sworn in, people are freaking out. I'm waiting for the street corner preachers to show up and tell me the world is ending. D.C. has officially been declared in a state of emergency. The Metro is running some crazy schedule opening at like 4 a.m. on Tuesday and staying open til 2 a.m. Wednesday. My best friend's friend was able to rent out his D.C. townhouse for the week for $10,000!

Oh and my co-worker just got in with some pictures she snapped of the preparations on her walk to the office. Roads are already closed. Giant pictures of Obama and Biden are flying and ugly scaffolding on construction sites is being covered in some form of red, white and blue because god-forbid tourists see parts of the seeing under construction.

Seriously, I just want things to go back to the normal chaos of D.C. Not D.C. on Inauguration steroids.

Personally, I'm getting the hell out of Dodge. As a federal employee I have a nice four-day weekend coming up with MLK day and the Inauguration being federal holidays.

I'm planning to stay with the BF so I'm far, far away from the madness. I will be able to get my runs in easily without having to worry about dodging crazy people camping out on the National Mall or being stopped by 1 million tourists asking for directions. (Really is there anything more frustrating then having to explain how to get to XYZ just when you're hitting your stride?)

I just keep telling myself I've got to make it through two more days and then I can escape the madness.

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13 comments

  1. Sounds crazy! Good thing you can get out of dodge and avoid the worst of it.

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  2. A four day weekend sounds great! I am happy about three days:)

    My firm has a DC office that finally realized they should close next Tuesday, because all of the streets around it would be closed anyways.

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  3. I called Obama and tried to get him to cancel, but he said Nooooooooo :-(

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  4. That sounds like a zoo! Hey - if you're leaving town, you should rent out your place for a ridiculous fee! Someone would pay it, I'm sure. :) Good luck making it through the remaining craziness.

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  5. I don't blame you for staying far far away from the circus LOL

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  6. inaguration steroids.... i like it. i have a cousin in DC, haven't heard a report from her yet. but she works at the national opera, i'm sure she's getting pissed too.

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  7. oh wow that does sound crazy!! it will be over soon!

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  8. I can only imagine what it is like in DC right now. Just think, it will be over before you know it!

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  9. HI Jess

    I can only imagine what D.C. must be like and I would be getting out of town myself.

    Take care of yourself and best of luck with the running.

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  10. Hahaha...I was there for Clinton's inauguration in 96...and pretty much vowed never to do that again! : )

    You're smart for leaving!!

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  11. What a mess! I hear it might snow too. Good call on getting the heck out of dodge.

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  12. Ugh, Sorry you have to deal with that madness! It'll be over soon...hang in there!

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  13. Whoa! Sounds crazy!!!

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