Obama sworn in, courtesy of Irina Souiki (Flickr)

Obama sworn in, courtesy of Irina Souiki (Flickr)

Well, after a long day at work, I’m able to finally reflect on the inauguration of President Barack Obama. I’d went to Bush’s second inauguration in 2005, mostly because a friend got tickets, and even though I’d voted for Kerry, it was an historical event that I was able to go to because I lived in DC.

This time, it was obviously completely different: the exultation and joy from the crowd, the exuberance was palpable. It was perhaps the happiest day of my life… I remember thinking the same thing after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and I flew back to Boston to go to the parade, soak up the atmosphere, and reconnect with friends. But, this was, obviously so much bigger, on such a greater scale.

There were of course, a lot of problems in the organization of the event. A lot of misinformation and confusion, but I don’t feel the need to discuss this, as a lot of other outlets have done a very good job covering the problems.

I am just so glad that, as a District resident, I was able to witness this moment in history, and I will remember it the rest of my life.

Change has come, courtesy of Shawdra and Simon (Flickr)

Change has come, courtesy of Shawdra and Simon (Flickr)

Finally, I’m back on U street after a crazy 24 hours: spending the night at a friend’s on H street NE, walking at least 10 miles to get to and from the Mall, her place, and my place, and seeing Barack Obama be sworn in as our nation’s 44th president. I’m too tired to give more about my impressions of how the whole day ran, more of that tomorrow. I wanted to share my joy and elation that Barack Obama is no longer president-elect of the United States and now the PRESIDENT of the United Staes.

Obama inauguration, courtesy of Tiff (Flickr)

Obama inauguration, courtesy of Tiff (Flickr)

It’s been a busy past few weeks, from a job search, to working part-time, to getting a job offer, to deciding to take the job offer, to all of the paperwork after accepting the job offer. I start my job later this week, and still have a million things to do before I go in for my first day. Then I get bombarded with questions from well-meaning friends and relatives asking me what my big plans for the inauguration are, and my response is, well you know I’ve been a bit busy, I haven’t really thought that out.

Of course, I’d love to see BRUCE perform on the Mall. Totally want to see Obama’s inauguration speech in person. Though it’s probably not going to be the best place to fully listen to his speech, that’s what YouTube is for after the fact. But, is the absolute mess that’s going to be the Mall, and about a 2 mile radius of it, worth it? I’m not sure I’m convinced. Not to mention, I’m not even sure I have Tuesday off, still working on figuring that one out.

After Bush declared a state of emergency for DC (that sounds scary, doesn’t it?) I started getting worried. I wonder if it’s really going to be the mess that people are predicting: friends have predicted gridlock and mayhem Friday night till Wednesday morning.

Then there’s the whole restaurants being allowed to be open 24 hours and bars serving liquor until 4 am which makes me feel like U street is going to be a 24-hour-party zone. Google Maps does a good job of showing which establishments are going to be taking advantage of the special inauguration laws that allow them to do so. Crazy party zone is great and all, good fun. Not so much when you live on U street and don’t have great sound protection from your apartment and are a light sleeper.

Maybe I should just go hide in the suburbs and wait for it to be over. Or maybe I should just embrace the madness and enjoy it.