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By Jackie Burrell
Monday, January 19th, 2009 at 9:24 pm in Uncategorized.

On the eve of the big day, the Zittels – Richmond school teacher Linda and her teenage son Adam – report in from D.C. Here’s an excerpt from their daily posts on the Times’ parenting blog, aParently Speaking

From Linda…
Today we rested. Our feet, our nerves, and our energy, in preparation for tomorrow… 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.

From Adam…
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!

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