Inauguration Pictorial: I Still Haven’t Bought A Hat

Waking up this early sucks. But it's better when Stella makes breakfast.

6:00. Waking up this early sucks. But it's better when Stella makes breakfast.

Farragut West

Farragut West at 7:45 a.m. Matchy match tourists abound.

Walking down Conn Ave

Walking down Conn Ave. I'm waiting for a Transformer to pop out and stomp on us or otherwise cause havoc.

Metro buses blocking off the streets

Metro buses blocking off the streets. Because apparently, WMATA doesn't need 'em to shuttle people around.

00 a.m.

The trash can...at 8:00 a.m.

Sunrise

Darn it's early.

The Washington Monument

Really, really, really early.

aim for the Hirshhorn

Jumbotron Map: aim for the Hirshhorn, settle for a view of anything.

The crowds settle in for a long wait

Get comfy. Three and a half hours to go.

Determining a meetup with other friends is an impossibility

Determining a meetup with other friends is an impossibility.

Obligatory touristy photo

Obligatory touristy photo.

The view from mid-Mall

The view from mid-Mall.

Calisthenics. Necessary for warmth.

Calisthenics. Necessary for warmth.

Jumping Jacks and a Wiggles impression.

Jumping Jacks and a Wiggles impression.

This lasted for about 30 seconds.

This lasted for about 30 seconds.

Wonks will not be denied their news.

Wonks will not be denied their news.

She has better documentary toys than I do. Jealous.

She has better documentary toys than I do. Jealous.

We didn't get the "bring a flag" memo.

We didn't get the "bring a flag" memo.

We've got a blanket, but Stella is still eyeing the kid with a sleeping bag.

We've got a blanket, but Stella is still eyeing the kid with a sleeping bag.

Just missing the igloo.

Just missing the igloo.

Hot water with a token stir of coca. Orgasm in a cup.

Hot water with a token stir of coca. Orgasm in a cup.

Every Porta-Jon in a 100 mile radius.

Every Porta-Jon in a 100 mile radius.

Even the kid got the Flag Memo. Gah!

Even the kid got the Flag Memo. Gah!

44 talks it up.

44 talks it up.

Five people, six layers each, and still a whole lotta Cold.

Five people, six layers each, and still a whole lotta Cold. But worth it.

Security.

The eagle eyes of security.

Standing on the Porta-Jon for a better view. My inner germophobe is hysterical.

Standing on the Porta-Jon for a better view. My inner germophobe is hysterical.

TOURIST!

TOURIST!

Buh Bye Bush.

Buh Bye Bush.

The grass on The Mall is officially dead.

The grass on The Mall is officially dead.

Masses inch up 18th Street. Every two feet, I hear, "Where's the nearest Metro?" Sigh.

Masses inch up 18th Street. Every two feet, I hear, "Where's the nearest Metro?" Sigh.

Shoving through shrubbery.

Shoving through shrubbery.

This Metro Bus is not in service. But it's got a spiffy sign!

This Metro Bus is not in service. But it's got a spiffy sign!

Everybody's a critic...

Everybody's a critic...

The HOV lane for locals.

The HOV lane for locals.

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13 Responses to “Inauguration Pictorial: I Still Haven’t Bought A Hat”

  1. Fattylumpa Says:

    This is awesome, thank you for sharing the experience so that I could sleep in, snuggle with the kitten, and watch it from the comfort of my couch. 😉

    Okay, so I kinda wish I went.

    Um, PS, PLEASE tell me all about your friend’s amazing curly haircut. I will probably be ready to chop mine in that exact style in a year or so and I LOVE it!

    Happy to sacrifice for my Seven Loyal Readers…And a special thanks to Stella for letting me bunk with her for two days. Ditto James for the planning magnificence. PS — I emailed you the hair info.

  2. Travis Says:

    Seeing it live must’ve been exciting. Me, I hate large crowds so I know I would be extremely uncomfortable. But it would’ve been nice to see it live.

    It’s a story to tell the grandkiddies.

  3. deutlich Says:

    I just could not bring myself to get out that way. I really, really couldn’t.

    Back in ’93, I sat on top of a porta-jon to see the Clinton inauguration and I think I still have bad memories from that…

    Those people on top of the Porta-Jon gave me the willies. And the thought of of the smell? *shudder*

  4. wasitforthis Says:

    Very awesome! I hope to get my pictures up soon.

    Can’t wait to see. I’m sure they are better than my point and shoot.

  5. ella Says:

    great pics – thanks so much for sharing. i’m down in florida and our best view was watching fox news while sitting in our building’s lobby (fox because cnn switched to a COMMERCIAL in the middle of O’s speech!).

    WTF CNN?!?!?! Next time, spare yourself the Fox and go with MSNBC.

  6. PrincessQ Says:

    So so jealous!! Thanks a lot for sharing!

    Being inside was a wise move. Your fingers weren’t in jeopardy.

  7. suz Says:

    Awesome! I’m glad you made it in one piece and got to be a witness and all that. Just looking at your pictures made me feel excited all over again! WOOOO!!!!!

    I was looking for Obama baby swag, but didn’t see any. Would you settle for a Democrat onesie?

  8. flipflopsintherain Says:

    I’m impressed with your ability to even go out in that zoo yesterday — and I’m also impressed with your ability to post a lot of pics to your blog. I’d get really bored.

    Two hours of uploading. Just call me dedicated.

  9. Sean Says:

    Thanks for sharing, especially since I was out of town and missed it. (Although I didn’t miss the cold.)

    Hope you enjoyed your exodus!

  10. LiLu Says:

    This? Is KICKASS. Good on you, lady. I still made the right choice for me… but thanks for the journalistic account. It’s just like I went! Only not at all. Except for the hot cocoa. Only mine was coffee and Kahlua.

    When I got your twittering about snuggies and Kahlua, I fantasized about murdering you via something torturous and slow. Jealously does that to me.

  11. Zandria Says:

    Hahaha…”The HOV lane for locals.” 🙂

    Great recap!

    I try to oblige.

  12. Laura Says:

    I saw that same garbage can at about 8:30, and I didn’t think to take a picture until too late. You just alleviated some of my sadness. 🙂

    Imagine it post-Inauguration…

  13. Malnurtured Snay Says:

    Why aren’t you wearing a hat? No wonder you were cold!

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