Tuesday, January 20, 2009
An Historic Event - Where Were You?
Today, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. It was an historic event. The type of event where you just know where you were when it happened. It is like 9/11, I know exactly where I was when I first heard (I woke up to the news of the first plane on the radio, and thought nothing of it. I turned on the TV later, only to wonder why there was a plane headed for the Twin Towers).
So for me, on this historic event, my answer will be in the dungeons of a parking garage.
It was not the plan to be there. It just happened. In fact, my carpool mate and I had planned on getting to work a little early just so that we could watch the event an the TVs at work. We normally get in about 9:10, and so we were aiming to be about 20 minutes earlier than that. Much to our dismay, Los Angeles' Traffic decided to intervene. Now you have to understand that my carpool buddy is a huge Barack Fan. It is often all she ever talks about it. During the election, it almost drove me a little crazy. So as we got near the building, it was pretty clear that we were not going to be able to park and make it into the building before he was sworn in.
So I did the gentlemanly thing. I offered to drop her off in front of the building and park her car for her. So she hopped out and rode up the stairs to go watch the innaugaration. I got to go park the car. Just as I made my way around the block (there are lots of one way streets in Los Angeles) and got into the parking structure, they began to swear Obama in. Just as it got to about 15 seconds into the ceremony, my radio reception cut out, and I missed the whole thing.
So that's how I will remember this historic event, I missed most of it. How about you? What were you doing?