Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Best of Chants

You might be able to tell how things were going with my section of the crowd today (the infamous purple ticket holders) by the chants everyone shouted in unison.

When we still had hope in the tunnel:

"Fired Up! Ready To Go! Fired Up! Ready To Go!"


When we got out of the tunnel, and ran into barricades and blocked gates:


When someone with a megaphone asked us if we had tickets:

"Purple! Purple! Purple!"

When the frustration got to be too much, but we still thought we could get in:

"What! The! Fuck?! What! The! Fuck?!"*

And when everyone gave up:

"I hate purple! I HATE PURPLE!"

*You haven't lived until you've heard ten thousand people chant this. But seriously, wtf?

Best of Seeing the Bigger Picture

I'm in Washington, DC, on this wonderful day. I had tickets to the Inauguration - purple ones - which would turn out to be unfortunate. I spent four hours (beginning at 6am) standing in a tunnel with thousands and thousands of Obama fans. Even though I didn't get to see it with my own eyes, I was very close to the Capitol, one of my tweets made it into a Washington Post article, and, oh, you know, WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT.

P.S. I guess I'm back :)