By Jackie Burrell
Monday, January 19th, 2009 at 10:38 pm in Inauguration 2009.
On the eve of the big day, the Zittels check in from Washington, D.C…
Today we rested. Our feet, our nerves, and our energy, in preparation for tomorrow. The Washington Post has been a fount of information. In the past few days they have printed the following:
* A map of the National Mall showing the best means of transportation, and location of everything from the parade route to porta-potties.
* Obama’s pre-inaugural D.C. activities (playing a late night game of basketball with friends, eating chili at a local cafe)
* An interview with an 85-year-old woman who grew up in the Jim Crow South and is here for the inauguration
* A feature article about Michelle Obama’s taste in fashion (sleeveless dresses)
We have planned tomorrow’s trip with the precision of a military operation…
get up at 5:15 a.m., catch the Marc Train to Union Station (special inaugural tickets, twenty-five dollars each) and get as close as we can to the site of the inauguration.
Everything we bring must fit into our pockets: water bottles, snacks, foot warmers (will keep your feet warm for over five hours!) and our return train tickets. The weather report for tomorrow isn’t looking so good: a high of 30 or 31 degrees, wind chill factor, and the possibility of light snow. Definitely wearing the wool balaclava.
For the first time on this trip, I was allowed to sleep in. It was wonderful waking up rested, and then rolling over and going back to sleep again just because I could. I’m going to need all that sleep, too. Tomorrow, we have to be out the door and on the road by 6:15. That means we have to get up at 5:15. NOT FUN! We have laid out all our clothes, snack-bars, and handwarmers tonight, so that in the morning we can just pick them up and go. I’m excited!