Sunday, January 11th
Adam and I arrive at the Wilderness Exchange, a new and used camping and ski gear store, to purchase clothes for very cold weather. There are two women shopping in the store, one from KGO radio news. Both of them are going to the inaugural. We buy layers of polyester, down, fleece, and wool to face the D.C. weather. The sales clerk is overjoyed that we are going to the inaugural and treats us like old friends.
Thursday, January 15th
We get up at 4:30 a.m. to catch a shuttle into SFO for a 9 a.m. flight. There are lots of people at the United Terminal, but the line moves quickly. On the first leg to Philadelphia, the African-American woman sitting next to us is going to the inaugural, and she has tickets! At Philadelphia, as we board the plane, we find out the four people behind us are going too. We exchange stories about the warm clothes we bought. It’s already starting to feel like a party.