Farewell D.C.; good luck O

Well that's it. D.C. is now a memory. Albeit a fond one. I am on the train back to New York, with Etta James playing in my ear on my iPod. I bet Barack and Michelle won't care if they never here "At Last" for another year after last night. It is quiet on the train. Everyone is probably as exhausted as I am after being drunk on Obama juice for the last few days. I spent part of today walking from the Capitol to the Lincoln Mall. Although images on television showed the National Mall crammed … [Read more...]

Yes, there are crowds – just deal with it

This is what it was like stepping off the Metro at the Foggy Bottom station as I tried to get to my hotel yesterday. Everybody was headed to the free concert at the Lincoln Memorial. It took me about 15 minutes to get to daylight. Everyone had a good attitude about the Barack Obama inaugural¬†madness but you know there's always one sourpuss in the crowd. One woman commented about all of the "tourists" in town. I mentioned to her that I am a tourist and us "tourists" are bringing a lot of … [Read more...]

Remembering MLK Jr.

I hate to admit but, as an adult,¬†I don't think I've ever listened to and read Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in its entirety. Until today. Of course since being out of school I've seen and heard snippets but I never sat down to watch and read the nearly 17-minute speech from beginning to end at a time when I could really comprehend the words. I can't think of a more meaningful time and place to do that than now. I am in my hotel room a few blocks from the Lincoln Memorial … [Read more...]