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INAUGURATION: The Zittels Take Off

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, January 16th, 2009 at 12:45 pm in Inauguration 2009, politics.

Inaugural Prep (Chuck Kennedy/MCT)Richmond teacher Linda Zittel and her teenage son Adam are Inauguration-bound, and they’re sharing their sights, sounds and impressions with us. Their first diary entries came in late last night…

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.

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