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!


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!

Two Days Left to Win Free Inaugural Trip

10 01 2009

A few weeks ago I posted information about the Case Foundation’s Change Begins With Me contest, giving an awesome prize package to a lucky winner who takes the time to share ideas about creating change in their community. With the inauguration only 10 days away there is still time to enter. It really couldn’t be easier–in 250 characters, explain what you can do to help your community. Seriously, there is no reason NOT to enter. I did and I live in Washington DC! Its a chance to do more than win a prize. Seriously, there is no reason NOT to enter. I did and I live in Washington DC! Its a chance to do more than win a prize, although its a pretty good one. The winner receives:

* two tickets to the Inaugural Ceremony & the Hawaii Inaugural Ball
* volunteer opportunities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington,
* three-nights hotel stay
* airfare for you and a guest to the Nation’s Capitol
* a Flip video camera

The entries are online, and there seem to be only about 250 at this point. Here’s a few samples from the site to give you an idea of the scope of issues close to people’s hearts:

Andrea J. wrote: Always actively participating in my government. And staying fluent on the concerns of other people world wide.

Amir I. wrote: Find the solution to the problem between Israel and Palestine. I would do this by asking everyone on the internet to post their solution to the problem. I know there is a solution.We are all creatures created by one God.


Devin M. wrote: improve my community by making it safer for everyone! I commit to making the generation beneath me more intelligent and ready to be respectful, responsible teenagers. I also commit to making all youth be heard in my community, in the world.

See how easy it is? Your turn!