It’s still several days away, but the Inauguration is already annoying me.  It’s messing with my plans all over the place.  Last week, the President came to our base to say goodbye to some of the folks here and shut down the main street and a couple of the gates.  Something was Up today too, as I tried to leave base to take my parents to the Metro station.  An MP was stopping cars and having them turn around.  Right before I got to him, 2 of the President’s helicopters left from the helopad where they’re stationed.  Hmmm. The MP instructed me on how to get around the road closure and then I asked him what was up.  “Sorry, ma’am, I can’t discuss it,” was the answer.  OK, but hey look – aren’t those both the helicopters? (Whenever the Prez travels in Marine One, both helicopters are used at the same time.  Don’t worry, I learned this from the Military Channel, not any of the Army’s Top Men.)

So my plans for the upcoming national holiday are thwarted, too.  We usually hit some of the Smithsonians, but seeing as how they line the National Mall, I don’t think it’s going to be worth the hassle, being less than 24 hours away from the Big Event.  We considered leaving town for the weekend, but we’d have to return on Monday, coming into DC at precisely the same time as every.single. other. person. who thinks seeing the Inauguration will be fun.

Oh, and they are closing all bridges from VA into DC and a good number of offramps from MD to DC, too.  So at some point or another, it is going to be near impossible to get into the District.

Just call me Gripey McGripester.

More Mac and Cheese, please!


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  • My brother is there, chosen by the military to work the innaugural. For some reason my family found this exciting. I think I would feel more as you do. (I did not ask if they voted for him because Dear God in heaven I do not want to know.) I’m sorry it’s so much of a hassle for you. I think I’d make it a big slumber party. I’d stock up on my favorite foods, get some movies and not leave my house until it’s over. Of course, that’s my answer for everything- hibernate.

  • I’m going to call you Eeoyre instead. I’m still going to go to the Springsteen thing at the Lincoln memorial if you’re interested.

  • Hi there! Found your blog via the Sonlight forums. I’m completely in agreement with you Mrs. McGripester. I’m not looking forward to all this at all.

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