What do we know about this one so far? Well, not much. As one who is going I am a little frustrated by the lack of information especially since I am not as familiar with DC as some people. I’ve been there four times and two of them my brother zipped me around. He could have dropped me off and I would still be wandering the streets. The last time I was there before he died I got dropped off by Uber, my first one!, at the Lincoln Memorial. 16,000 steps later I found myself at the Archives. I figured out where the nearest Metro station was and how to get back to their house. I was about to test my theory when my sister-in-law saved me with another Uber ride. That Uber is awesome! But, I digress…
- We know it’s going to be in DC. There is a wreath laying ceremony on the 19th. The swearing-in, the parade, and the balls are the 20th. There is a concert but we don’t know who is playing. The Swearing In Ceremony takes place on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building but can be viewed from along the National Mall. The Parade will then continue down Pennsylvania Ave NW ending at the White House.
- The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies released about 250,000 tickets to the swearing-in starting Monday. These tickets are distributed by members of Congress. That’s how I got my tickets.
- Sixteen-year-old singer Jackie Evancho will sing the national anthem, and New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Franklin Graham are among the faith leaders who will offer prayers or readings during the ceremony.
- The parade will be shorter than usual. Trump wants to work before the balls. There will be around 8,000 people in the parade. But, if you have ever witnessed a parade in DC, you know they go on forever. I watched the last Memorial Day Parade. We left after the Korean War. It was blocks and blocks and blocks and blocks of floats left.
- There are three official balls. You become official by having confirmation that Trump and wife will show up at it. There are lots of other balls going on as well. The Indiana ball is sold out. Arkansas was hosting a ball but it got canceled. I want to go to the Gays for Trump Ball. I’m not LGTB but I think that would be the craziest party there. If I go to a ball, I think I want crazy fun awesome time not stuffy, foo foo, pinky fingers time. Check out the balls link. I had no idea that most of the balls are open to the public. You just have to pay the ticket.
- You can get inaugural merchandise. A site paid for by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee (a joint fundraising committee of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., and the Republican National Committee) is offering all kinds of stuff. I think my favorite is the Official Inaugural Gold Seal Set of 6 Koozies. We might all be drinking soon depending on how this will go. (In full disclosure, I voted for Ted Cruz in the primary. I think we need a Constitutional Conservative right now. I stuck to reading his speeches instead of listening/watching him. I would have a very visceral reaction to his voice. I couldn’t stand it. He sounded like a whiny take my ball and go home kind of guy. Any Oral Comm teacher worth their salt, I am one, could have helped him fix that. Listening to him on the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday interviewing Jeff Sessions made me remember why I liked him so much. Where was that guy? He should have asked me to help him with his image. If we learned anything this election, it’s image is everything.) But, I digress…
- How in the world are we going to get there? The answer to that is the Metro. Riding the Metro is fun. It’s only fun because I don’t have to do it every day. The trick is to know which line is the line you want. They have maps for that.
That’s what’s out there so far. It doesn’t give me much hope that so many things are up in the air. Is it usually like that? All I know is that in a few days I will be surrounded by 250,000 of my friends watching a historical event. There will be protesters, pickpockets, scalpers, police, regular and irregular people alike.
I. Can’t. Wait.
Source: Washington Post