Back In Four

22 02 2009

Inauguration DayIts been just over a month since inaugural insanity gripped Washington, DC. The happy feeling was tangible for days before and after, and it was so exciting to see so many people come together in celebration of a common cause in my adopted hometown. For now the celebrations have subsided, and more serious matters are once again the focus of the nation’s capitol. But for me and many others, the feeling that sprang from this year’s inauguration hasn’t completely left us–people are volunteering to help others, paying more attention to politics, and doing more than ever to be a part of the solution to whatever our problems are. I personally will spend the next few years doing the same, until its time for the inaugural insanity to start all over again.


Submit Your Pics For the Official Inaugural Photobook

25 01 2009
Dear World, Were Back! Love U.S.A.

Dear World, We're Back! Love U.S.A.

Now that a few days have passed since President Obama’s swearing in, you’ve probably had some time to look at your photos, and maybe you got some really good ones. Now’s your chance for the big time– the Official Barack Obama Inaugural Book is looking for pictures from people who took part in the magic. I really hope the folks over at Better Than Machines who took this one send it in!

Pissed Off Purple Ticket Holder?

22 01 2009

Fox 5 News in DC reported today that inaugural ticketholders who were turned away from the big event on Tuesday will be eligible for a special token to make up for the drama they experienced:

housands of people trying to get to the inauguration are left stranded in the 3rd Street Tunnel under the National Mall on January 20, 2009 (photo submitted by Anna Della Subin to the Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom Facebook group page)

Thousands of people trying to get to the inauguration are left stranded in the 3rd Street Tunnel under the National Mall on January 20, 2009 (photo submitted by Anna Della Subin to the "Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom" Facebook group page)

WASHINGTON — The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies says ticket holders who were blocked from entering the swearing-in ceremony will receive commemorative inaugural items.

Thousands of ticket holders were kept waiting in a tunnel below the National Mall on Tuesday. Others say access to the U.S. Capitol grounds was cut off.

Committee spokeswoman Carole Florman says those with blue, silver and purple tickets who didn’t make it in will receive copies of the swearing-in invitation and program; photos of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden; and a color print of the ceremony.

She says people should check the committee’s Web site early next week for instructions on how to claim their items.

Authorities say they are reviewing what happened.

Counting Crows at Good Stuff Tuesday

19 01 2009

Got this email from Good Stuf Eatery, one of my fave burger spots in town, about an event on Jan. 20th. If you’re on the Hill and not at the swearing in, why not?

Counting Crows members Perform at Good Stuff

with The Low Stars

Morning of Inauguration

Join us at Good Stuff for a special daytime performance by The Low Stars and Counting Crows members David Immergluck and Charlie Gillingham on Jan. 20, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to promote the Friend Campaign by CrisisLink.

The Friend Campaign encourages individuals and organizations throughout the community to pledge to be a friend when someone they know is facing a hard time and give the number, or make the call to 1-800-273-TALK. Free and confidential help is available 24/7 for those who are sad, depressed, having suicidal thoughts, experiencing emotional distress, or seeking information on available resources.

“As a band, and as individuals, we have collaborated on many projects over the years, but this campaign stood out to us in a very compelling way,” explains Chris Seefried of The Low Stars. “To say we are profoundly excited to support the awareness of a ‘lifeline’ to those facing crisis would be an understatement. Whenever possible, we all have an obligation to be a friend when one is needed.”

Visit the campaign’s web site at to take the pledge and to find tips and resources for helping someone who might be depressed or suicidal.

The Ultimate Dining Guide

14 01 2009
Photo thanks to dps on Flickr

Photo thanks to dps on Flickr

Thank GOD our friends over at The List Are You On It are indeed on it, as usual. They’ve compiled what has to be the ultimate inaugural dining guide, detailing specials and events at restaurants and bars across the region. There are plenty of $44 dinner specials, but some places are pulling out all the stops–I love Proof’s idea to have Alice Smith perform on Saturday for the late night dinner crowd, and plans for extended hours over at Taberna del Alabardero. Deliciousness!

Washingtonian’s 2008 Dirt Cheap Eats

12 01 2009
Image Courtesy Washingtonian Magazine

Just in time for inauguration, Washingtonian Magazine has released its latest Dirt Cheap Eats list, covering DC, Maryland and Virginia. The list features meals at 61 restaurants for $15 or less per person. There are plenty of places on here I love, and many more I’m dying to try. Some personal favorites on the list include Good Stuff Eatery on the Hill and Eammon’s in Alexandria.

(Image Courtesy Magazine)

Map and Ticket Information for Swearing-in Ceremonies

11 01 2009

capitol-jan-10If you’re lucky enough to have tickets for next week’s swearing in, new information on where to go and what to do on Tuesday is available courtesy of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

A few key changes: security gates will now be open at 8am rather than 9am to ensure everyone the 240,000 ticketed guests can get to their seats, and when you pick up your tickets, take note of the color and check out the map to find your entrance.

Inauguration of the President: JCCIC Releases Map and Ticket Information for Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremonies.

I stopped by the Capitol last night to check out the status of the construction, and just take it all in before the big events happen next week. There was definitely some sort of energy there–if its possible for something to feel historic, I think that was it! Of course, it would have been great if we were at the other end of the Mall to see the Obamas pay a visit to the Lincoln Memorial, or at Ben’s Chili Bowl when PEBO got a half smoke with Mayor Fenty.