West Seattle Blog... » 2009 Inauguration http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:31:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Inauguration night: Where West Seattle’s most famous rocker was http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-night-where-west-seattles-most-famous-rocker-was/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-night-where-west-seattles-most-famous-rocker-was/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2009 23:37:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13764 No, it wasn’t here in West Seattle. Just happened onto this mention of Eddie Vedder making a cameo at the Tractor Tavern (in Ballard) on Tuesday night on the Mayor’s Office of Film and Music‘s new blog-format website. (Full story seems to be at RollingStone.com.)

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Final Inauguration Day/Night reports, from WS and DC http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/final-inauguration-daynight-reports-from-ws-and-dc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/final-inauguration-daynight-reports-from-ws-and-dc/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2009 07:59:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13718

That’s one of the ways Inauguration Night wrapped up in West Seattle – with revelers dancing to the sound of the West Seattle Big Band at the WS Democratic Women-presented Inaugural Gala at The Hall at Fauntleroy. West Seattleites in DC are reliving their memories – that includes Stephanie and Hans, who are sharing their take on The Big Day, along with photos:

Read on:

Well, it was looking a little sketchy on the Mall today — cold, and I do mean cold. And cell phones were bonking where they should have been tweeting. =)

But all in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better time. My run of luck from the day before kept on going (clearly, I should be betting my fortune at the tracks tomorrow). Because of the kiddo, Hans and I didn’t get out of the house until about 8am. My intrepid (and long-suffering) brother drove us to the metro, and from the outside, things looked pretty good. We grabbed a morning paper and headed up the escalator, hoping for a train . . . which was there, but sadly, crammed full of people and not moving. Hmmm. That seemed like a sign.

So, back down the escalator (a couple bucks poorer for the pleasure) and into the car. My brother was doing a little math on the fly, but seemed reasonably confident, dropping us off near the Arlington Memorial Bridge. And lo! There were the huddled masses, yearning to be warm and walking (like George Washington!) over the icy Potomac. To tell the truth, it was pretty sweet. Flanked by the river on two sides, with the silent and empty memorial behind us. The bridge was windy and frigid, but the atmosphere was anything but! As we entered the park, we were greeted by ridiculously cheery volunteers and the sounds of the inaugural concert . . . especially apropos — Stevie Wonder, “Sisters, keep on moving . . . till we reach the higher ground.”

Best of all, that plan I’d concocted in the middle of the night . . . the one about stealing my child’s diapers “just in case”? Yeah, that was a non-starter. The porta potties were abundant and accessible. And it wasn’t long before I was sipping hot coffee beside the frozen reflecting pond. And, of course, grinning from ear to ear.

We weren’t as brave as some — by the time we reached the Monument, the place was nose-to-nose. And, being the high point, several degrees colder. We stuck around for a photo of the crowd and then hoofed it back to our previous, less peopled stake out. Of course, by inauguration time, the crowds came to us. Felt like the biggest party on the planet. And the coldest one.

Hans ducked out a few times to run some sprints, but made it back in time for the swearing in, rosy and blue at the same time. My skin had a fabulous marble-look to it by that point.

And then we were on the road again — “Amen, Amen, Amen” ringing out behind us. As we made our way back, we spotted Marine 1 giving FORMER President Bush a last flyover . . . right above the spot where his plastic likeness was being repeatedly deflated and inflated again for the pleasure of the departing crowds. =)

It was, in every way, awesome.

Earlier in the morning, walking into the park, Hans had said, Ya know, baby will be glad you did this. (I had nearly forgotten about her, so, of course, I felt bad all over again. While she was having a lovely time with her Aunt and Uncle.) But I think what’s significant is how hopeful and proud, I am. It was amazing to see Obama’s excitement as he took the oath; to hear the earnestness and energy of his words. And surrounded by so many people, so invested in the success of this shared vision . . . what a privilege. Now, in the days ahead, as the high wears off, I have to refocus. What are the burdens I’m willing to carry for myself, for my country and for baby’s sake?

Time to make it real. =)

Cheers
Steph

Thanks to Steph and Hans for sharing their stories and photos from DC! We don’t need a big occasion for you to share YOUR story – if you or someone you know is doing something you think others need to know about, just e-mail, call, text, tweet, etc., any time – all the contact info’s here.

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Inauguration Day: West Seattle students watch, discuss history http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-day-west-seattle-students-watch-discuss-history/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-day-west-seattle-students-watch-discuss-history/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2009 04:58:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13713

Thanks to Mark Ahlness for sharing that photo of his Arbor Heights Elementary third-grade class, “spontaneously ris(ing) for the moment. Some raise their hands with their new president, some hold their hands over their hearts.” Hours later, media crews were invited to two other West Seattle elementary schools where students were expecting phone calls from Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, to talk about her experiences in D.C. at The Big Event. We were at both – first, our video from Clarissa Resendez‘s 5th-grade classroom at Highland Park Elementary:

HP principal Ann Gray was on hand for the event too. Minutes after the HP call ended, Dr. Goodloe-Johnson was on the line in Room 18 at Gatewood Elementary, where Jeffrey Case‘s 4th- and 5th-graders had gathered – this video allows you to listen in on their first four minutes of listening, and talking, to the superintendent:

That’s Gatewood principal Rhonda Claytor at right in this next photo, looking on proudly during the interaction:

Dr. Goodloe-Johnson made both phone calls from the offices of the Council of Great City Schools in D.C.; the council is a coalition of more than 60 big-city school districts from around the U.S. Both classes chosen for today’s chats have been working on relevant study units — Ms. Resendez’s Highland Park students have been “studying the role of the President of the United States,” according to info provided by the district communications team, and Mr. Case’s Gatewood students have been “studying … U.S. history and the civil-rights movement.”

All WSB coverage of the 2009 Inauguration — including pre-inauguration reports from West Seattleites in D.C. — is archived here, newest to oldest.

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Inauguration “sea of people”: From Carter and Dan in D.C. http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-sea-of-people-from-carter-and-dan-in-dc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-sea-of-people-from-carter-and-dan-in-dc/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2009 02:09:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13699

You saw the massive crowd in national-media video. What was it like to be part of it – not just during the ceremony, but for hours before?

Our first report comes from Carter and Dan, the Fauntleroy residents who’ve been sharing their stories from DC the past few days:

We’re expecting quite a bit from our new President. As he said, we need to sacrifice, and we felt like we did today. We celebrated with a record two million other ice cubes.

After waking up at 2:45 AM to catch the first train out from Arlington, we squished our way on a packed Metro. After boarding the 4:19 AM to DC, I was nose to nose with a complete stranger who reeked of last night’s Inaugural Ball. The stations were packed and the platforms were heaving. Onto the street from the Metro, there we met the wall of humanity – stuck. But at least we were warm. That would be the last time until 1:30PM. It became a sea of people that couldn’t move. Everyone was polite and respectful. They were all on a high, almost a spiritual one. Somehow we all found ways to part for emergency and security vehicles. I was smacked by a side mirror – not once but twice.

All of a sudden it gave way. The crowds forced the temporary fences down. As a result, there was no security check. We could have taken a back pack, a chair, and hell, a charcoal grille. But no. With our detailed preparations we had already decided to go for broke and stand at the front of the un-ticketed attendees blockade at 4th street and The National Mall. That was behind the 240,000 with tickets (standing and seated). At first, it was a struggle, then as everyone’s excitement waned with the cold, it was easy to get to the front barricade. Soon it became; where can the six of us get warm. By now, it was 5:30AM and six hours to go. Thank god we packed energy bars, fruit, and snacks and all the Hand and Foot Warmers we could fit in our pockets. Now, no one cared about being in front, the Jumbotron was just fine.

The sun rose and the temperature dropping 10 degrees! And the wind picked up. Later we heard it was 16 degrees with the windchill. The huddles that formed gave roving reporters time and space to mingle – and interview. We all already know what this day means to everyone. It was just great to hear their words and emotions in person. A little guy ran up to me and said “Can we interview you?” I said sure. We went over the the crew of a half a dozen and a big fat camera. The interviewer stuck the sponge on a stick in my face and I looked at him and said “You’re, you’re the guy . . . from TV 4!” He, ignored me and started peppering me with questions in an English accent. They seemed designed to get me to say some silly answers. Then, it dawned on me who it was! John Oliver, correspondent for The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart. So, if I should make it on tonight’s broadcast, forgive me for: the Joe Biden having a knack for inserting his foot into various orifices and his wife’s big mouth.

Somehow, the cold was swept aside. Everyone (who had stayed) leapt to attention when the Swearing In ceremony started. Thousands of little flags had been distributed by The Boy Scouts of America. (Mine’s already on eBay)

The crowd was vocal and there was a lot praising going on. It was crowd of all ages and only one demographic wasn’t well represented – old white people (excusing me). A woman next to me started up a conversation. She was an African-American ex-Air Force wearing a picture of her deceased father. She had to bring him there for this moment. There was no more cold for a while. Many were overwhelmed with emotion and hugging in tears. One older caucasian woman from Oklahoma (Okies were well represented this week) told me of how she was arrested twice protesting torture by the last administration, once with Cindy Sheehan. She said that both times the arresting cops were completely sympathetic to them allowing pizza to be delivered to the prison bus. Dan and I felt apart of it all. When Sasha and Malia were introduced it was as loud as any screams President Obama received. The Boo-Birds came out when the now Ex-President was introduced but there was a lot of shouting of “Be Respectful!”. That surprised me.

It didn’t take long for people to start leaving once the actual swearing-in was done. After a long line in a nearby Starbucks, we went back out to hang around a bit. The Metro lines were clear down the block and not moving. I used Starbucks WiFI to find out why online. We heard someone had fallen on the tracks. So, we walked the 4 1/2 miles back to our hotel in Arlington . . . .

One last photo:

Thanks to Carter and Dan for their reports from D.C. – whatever we hear from our other “correspondents,” we’ll share with you later!

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Our Lady of Guadalupe students’ Inauguration Day tribute to MLK http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/our-lady-of-guadalupe-students-inauguration-day-tribute-to-mlk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/our-lady-of-guadalupe-students-inauguration-day-tribute-to-mlk/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2009 00:27:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13697 “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

That “unity wreath” — cutouts of hundreds of handprints — is one of the ways students at West Seattle’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School paid tribute this afternoon to Dr. King, one day after his official holiday, on the day a dream came true in D.C. The entire OLG student body, preschool through 8th grade, gathered in the church sanctuary at 35th/Myrtle (map) to read, sing, and pray, and the spirit of their words and music, on this historic day, could not help but move even the most hard-hearted onlooker. Third-graders read short tributes to people in their lives who they believe exemplified some of Dr. King’s values; one student honored her mom — “In my family, she is the peacekeeper”; another, his big brother — “He stands up for me”; and another student, President Obama, saying he and Dr. King “both want peace.” After reinforcing that by praying a Litany of Peace, students went out to the campus’s north grounds to release dozens of doves:

OLG school staff told us the doves are more like homing pigeons — after releases like this, they fly back to their keeper’s home. Side note: The school has an open house this Sunday – 9:30 am-1 pm.

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Inauguration Day: Don’t throw shoes, donate them! http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-day-dont-throw-shoes-donate-them/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-day-dont-throw-shoes-donate-them/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2009 20:27:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13688

That’s the donation box at Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) as part of the inauguration-honoring shoe drive hatched by Bob Loblaw in the WSB Forums — through tonight you can take new (or gently used) shoes, at the Hotwire box or at Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center. They’re going to Soles4Souls. (This is the second fill-up for the box at Hotwire, by the way.) Still need a call to action? Here’s the full video clip of this morning’s Inaugural Address (after the Oath of Office; speech starts 3 minutes into the clip):


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Ongoing Inauguration Day coverage, with West Seattle photos http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-watch-it-live/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-watch-it-live/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:28:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13683 (Will be updated with more photos/video from West Seattleites, as we get them)

Click the player to watch MSNBC ongoing Inauguration Day coverage live right now. (The Inauguration page also has a Hulu player where FOX coverage is streaming. To watch the live Twitter feed, go here.)

To see the new look of the official WhiteHouse.gov presidential website, go here. Here’s a notable excerpt from the first entry on its “blog”:

One significant addition to WhiteHouse.gov reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.

We’ll add local photos/video of inauguration-watching moments as we get them. Here’s the Chelan Cafe, from Bob Loblaw:

Here’s the swearing-in, as watched and cheered by the West Seattle Democratic Women’s breakfast gathering at the WS Golf Course:

From Alki, this photo of Michael Adams‘ party:

(Michael’s caption: From left, Rachelle Kauffman, Estevan Mazariegos, Michael Adams, Alex Siao, Ryan Trail, Lacey Watson. Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes, apple smoked bacon, scrambled eggs w/ green onions, buttermilk toast and Mimosas! Michael & Ryan’s place- photo by Rachelle Kauffman)
As we post this, the inaugural lunch is kicking off (10:33 am PT) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein just mentioned the population of the recipe page on the inaugural website; the site seems to be overloaded at the moment but if you want to try it later, here’s the link.

(Added 11:23 am) Molly sent this video clip of her inauguration decorations:

(Added 12:55 pm) Paul Dieter sent this video shot while watching at Seattle Center with a group from The Center School (a Seattle Public Schools high school attended by more than a few West Seattleites):

(Added 1:21 pm) Cami McNamara from Alki sends this clip from where she watched this morning’s historic events — The Paramount Theater downtown:

Here’s Cami (right) with Jackie Ramels (Alki resident who chairs the city Parks Board):

And the Paramount marquee:

(added 1:30 pm) Kathleen from Highland Park sends more photos from the Chelan Cafe by The Bridge:

I just returned from a fantastic inauguration breakfast at the Chelan cafe. About 15 or so people sat and ate comfortably in the Ebb Tide Room watching the inauguration on 4 large plasma TVs. The atmosphere was festive including decorations, inauguration food specials, and just a general feeling of a small slice of the community coming together to share their happiness and joy. The owners (1st pic) couldn’t have been more hospitable! A great morning!

(added 3:55 pm) Barbara watched the ceremonies at Town Hall downtown:

(added 8:05 pm) From Arbor Heights, this group watched the inauguration together: Melissa, Tappi, Derek, Jake, and Maria:

(added 8:16 pm) Two sets of Obama cupcakes – first one from Trophy Cupcakes, photo sent by Lisa; second photo from Emily:

Got an Inauguration Day photo? We’ll add to this, for the record, till they stop coming in; editor@westseattleblog.com – we also will report separately on other events later today including two West Seattle schools where students will talk by phone with Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, who’s in DC, and some of tonight’s West Seattle celebrations.

Meantime, click ahead to read a poem just sent by West Seattle poet Carol Smith:

Best Wishes

Now that you’re finally President
And brand new White House Resident
We’re confident you’ll right this boat
But only if you stay afloat

May you be strong enough and wise
To see the greed in others eyes
Who’ll promise gain and power so
You’ll venture where you should not go

May you face any type of threat
With wisdom so you don’t regret
Committing to a global deed
On facts designed to just mislead

May you try hard to keep your smile
When those who sit across the aisle
Confuse and complicate the mix
With their divisive bag of tricks

May anyone who you decide
Should always be close by your side
Prove in the end, they can full well
Resist the chance to kiss and tell

Then lastly, when the short straw’s drawn,
Your hand’s the one it rests upon
The sky may fall down from its place
But may you lead us all with grace

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Inauguration Day 2009 begins http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-day-2009-begins/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-day-2009-begins/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2009 13:04:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13680 We’ll put up live video when the actual ceremony gets a little closer — embedded players (and West Seattle event info) on our Inauguration page. (And if you want to follow a fragmented flow of what’s really happening in DC, here’s the live Twitter stream; among the countless attendees who are posting, King County Executive Ron Simshere’s his direct Twitter link.)

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Inauguration Day: West Seattle scenes from the past year http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-day-west-seattle-scenes-from-the-past-year/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-day-west-seattle-scenes-from-the-past-year/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:31:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13676 Almost one full year ago, it started here with the precinct caucuses:

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(2/9/08 photo by Tim, taken at Arbor Heights Elementary)
As we reported that night, the 34th District went 70% Obama, 28% Clinton, on a day of overflow crowds everywhere. Two months later, for the district caucus April 5 at WSHS, it was standing- and floor-sitting-room-only:

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Seven months after that, on Election Day, we found Chris Porter - who’d been an Obama delegate at the Democratic National Convention – among the morning sign-wavers on the Fauntleroy overpass:

That night, we shot this video at Skylark Cafe and Club (WSB sponsor) during a long, loud ovation after the networks called the Obama victory:

We’ll be back at Skylark tonight; it’s one of the venues with post-inauguration celebrations listed (along with other events and info re: today) on our special Inauguration page.

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Inauguration Eve: 2 reports, more pix, from Carter and Dan in D.C. http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-eve-2-reports-more-pix-from-carter-and-dan-in-dc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-eve-2-reports-more-pix-from-carter-and-dan-in-dc/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2009 04:58:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13663

(Preamble to the Constitution, signed by Carter, Dan and many others in DuPont Circle)

(The box from which the new President will view the Inaugural Parade)
To recap, we’re getting inauguration updates from two teams of West Seattleites in D.C. — we heard earlier from Stephanie and Hans, and now we have two reports – and more photos – to share from Carter and Dan:

DC is high gear. There are crowds everywhere the events are happening. Metro stop lines are a half to a full block long. Parade route has people parading. The National Mall is busy with activity. Everyone is in a great mood despite the crowds. Smiles abound and the random chatting up of strangers. “Where are you from?” is a question everyone asks.

We have a change of plans regarding how we are going to get there. As of this moment, we are going to attempt the 4:00AM Metro from Arlington to the National Mall. I’m voting for just walking the four miles. Everyone i’ve spoke with is going 4AM or before. They won’t even open the Mall until 7 or 8AM (depends on the source). The media here is warning, if there is 2 million people, you will have a personal space the size of a page of newspaper!

Attached photo is “Give Bush The Boot” game. It was a riot watching people vent with the hundreds of shoes. Ironically, while I was in front of the White House, the Police handcuffed and arrested a young guy for throwing a shoe on the White House lawn. They shut down the street which prevented me from going up to the fence.

Carter also sent a celebrity photo … and we have his report from earlier today, including the inaugural concert details — ahead:

First, the celebrity sighting: CNN’s Anderson Cooper (“in tails!” reports Carter):

Now, the report Carter sent this morning, that we hadn’t gotten a chance to publish yet:

Yesterday was, if nothing, a test if endurance. We decided to attend
the Inaugural Concert Kick-off at the National Mall. As you probably
saw, the stage was at the Lincoln Memorial. Our group decided to meet
at different times. Lesson learned, we didn’t see each other again
until back at our hotel. The temperature started out in the 20′s and
ended in the 30′s.

Despite my arriving at 10:30 AM, four hours early, the performers on
stage were still tiny ants. And they spent most of the time behind a big black box that held the HBO TV cameras and the TelePrompTers. Waiting itself was a test in patience. For four hours, if felt like every one of the 500,000 + in attendance tried to get by me. I was pretty proud of myself when I found out that the folks laying on the blankets next to me had been there since 7AM. We were all trampled, elbowed, stepped on, and shoved the whole time in the run up to the start. Mind you, every bit of abuse dished out was accompanied with, “sorry”, “excuse me”, or “I’ve got to get back to my baby I left at my blanket”. Using the Port-a-potty was not an option because once you left your spot, there was no chance that you could get back. So, I stood in the same spot for six hours until the concert was over.

I befriended those around me and they were from Oklahoma, Kansas, DC, Africa, and Connecticut. All were happy to be there, even if the short people never saw a thing except the occasional elbow in the side of the head. Several people watched only through my video camera viewfinder. Garth Brooks got people going with his three songs, “American Pie”, “Shout”, and “We Shall Be Free”. That exposed the problem with momentum because in between the music performers, an actor would come out to the podium and speak, killing the vibe.

Last night, we all regrouped at our hotel room to watch the whole show on HBO, up close, warm, and with a glass of wine. I don’t know what this says about us but we were all glad we went.

Attached are photos of Beyonce singing “America The Beautiful ” from my vantage point. Also, Dan got a shot of President-Elect Obama’s motorcade making its way to the Concert.

Motorcade photo (Carter says, take note of the license plate – “44″):

We’re guessing this is the one that must have Beyonce out there … somewhere:

More from our West Seattleites in DC, as we get it – and you can catch up via our 2009 Inauguration archive, plus find inauguration coverage/West Seattle event info on this special page. (We’re also hoping to hear tomorrow from West Seattleite Kimber McCreery, who’s ticketed to the inaugural ball and promising to try to contribute coverage. And we want to know how YOU are watching the inauguration tomorrow – if you can, take a pic and send it!)

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Inauguration Eve updates: Latest from Stephanie & Hans in D.C. http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-eve-updates-latest-from-stephanie-hans-in-dc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-eve-updates-latest-from-stephanie-hans-in-dc/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2009 03:10:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13658

Both of our teams of inauguration correspondents — West Seattleites in D.C. for the big event who offered to share some of what they’re doing and seeing — have sent updates in the past few hours. The pix above are more souvenirs, photographed by Stephanie and Hans – here’s their quick update:

Following the plan, my brother and I headed to the nearest metro station to pick-up our train passes. The parking lot was full, so I jumped out to make it a quick run. How hard could it be?

Five lines, about 15 people deep and growing by the minute.

By what can only be termed a miracle, I managed to get in the “right” line at the right time. To my left, a metro worker was furiously attempting to restart one machine. The smart-trip cards were sold out further down. The cash lines were in a constant state of clamor — ironing and re-ironing crumpled bills. And everywhere, the sense that most of the people in line were not “regulars.” One perplexed fellow managed to buy 18 farecards, each $1.35. (Which, separately, won’t get him, um . . . anywhere.)

Despite all this, people were generally pretty upbeat and helpful. Which was a good thing. Because by the time I got to the front of my line, the machine had stopped taking debit cards. Mercy.

My sister-in-law (a veteran commuter) tells me that she’s never seen a line for a metro pass. Much less five at the same time. If that’s any indication of what tomorrow will be like, I can’t wait.

Oh, and I won’t even be sorry about the cash if we end up not using our passes . . . they’re just too cool. =)

Yes we can!
Stephanie

The latest from the other team in D.C. — Carter and Dan — with even more photos – coming up shortly. All our 2009 Inauguration coverage is archived here; our page of info about how/where to watch tomorrow, and who’s celebrating where afterward, can be found here.

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Inauguration updates: 2 West Seattle schools get special chats http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-updates-2-west-seattle-schools-get-special-chats/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-updates-2-west-seattle-schools-get-special-chats/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:25:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13654 Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson is in Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration, and the district has just announced that she’ll talk with two West Seattle elementary-school classes via phone tomorrow afternoon: Highland Park Elementary at 2:15 pm, Gatewood Elementary at 2:40 pm. Here are excerpts from the district’s media advisory, explaining which classes Dr. Goodloe-Johnson will talk with, and why:

For HP Elementary:

Who: 5th grade students and their teacher Ms. Clarissa Resendez

What: Students have been studying the role of the President of the United States and will begin a learning unit on government on January 21. Students will have watched the inaugural ceremony. During a phone call from Washington D.C., students will be ready to ask the Superintendent questions such as “What vision does President Obama have for public education, and how do you think that affects Seattle Public Schools?” and “How did it feel to actually see the inauguration in person?” The Superintendent may ask students what stood out for them in the inauguration. She is also likely to discuss with students how they know what their learning goals are each day, and in what ways they review whether those goals have been met.

For Gatewood:

Who: 4th/5th grade students at Gatewood and teacher Mr. Jeffrey Case

What: Mr. Case’s students have been studying about US history and the civil rights movement. Dr. Goodloe-Johnson will ask students about what they learned as they did research on this topic. She will also ask students about what their teacher does to prepare so all the students can participate in Readers/Writer’s workshop, a best practice that is impacting student achievement across the system.

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Inauguration updates: Send us your photo(s) tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-updates-send-us-your-photos-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-updates-send-us-your-photos-tomorrow/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2009 22:11:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13651 Wherever you are tomorrow at 9 am and whoever you’re with, we would love to have a photo of your inauguration-watching group, so that we can post it tomorrow as part of the WSB “historical record.” Cameraphone, whatever. Names if possible, but not mandatory. Sorry we didn’t think of this sooner, but better late than never. Either send it to editor@westseattleblog.com afterward – or if you upload to Flickr, Facebook, TwitPic, wherever, just let us know where to find it so we’ll know we have permission to use it. Thanks! (More local inauguration info is on our special page, here.)

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Inauguration countdown: 2 more West Seattleites report from D.C. http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-countdown-2-more-west-seattleites-report-from-dc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-countdown-2-more-west-seattleites-report-from-dc/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2009 09:11:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13639

The past two nights, we’ve brought you updates from Carter and Dan, Fauntleroy residents in D.C. for the inauguration (albeit without tickets). Right now, we have a report from West Seattle resident Stephanie, who’s also in D.C. along with husband Hans and their toddler – who’s going to spend Inauguration Day with area relatives while Mom and Dad join the crowd. Hans is tweeting at @p_delta (with photo links from their sightseeing), and Stephanie has sent a longer update – which explains (among other things) the photo you see above:

Stephanie reports:

(Sunday night), Hans and I spent a couple good hours with my brother and sister-in-law going over our “tactical plan” for getting out of Arlington to “somewhere near the mall.” As I understand it (and, well, that’s debatable), we will kiss our daughter buh-bye on Tuesday morning bright and early. My brother will drive us to the Falls Church metro stop . . . we’re calling it a “drive-by” right now, because if there is a line of people out the door, we won’t be getting on the metro. If we are out-numbered and out-maneuvered by the hordes of people who jumped on the metro ahead of us, we drive on (inch along??) to Rosslyn. From there, we hoof it! That seems to be the best scenario, really. It’s less than a mile walk over the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge or the Arlington Memorial Bridge. (And scenic, too, I’d imagine. ALL pedestrian traffic, how many people thick, heading in one direction en masse over the icy Potomac? Like George Washington! Awesome.)

But who really knows what’s going to happen? The nightly local news is completely flummoxed. They seem to have the “who will make, and who will eat the inaugural pastries” bit all wrapped up, but lots of mixed messages on what the day will bring. The latest report has the crowd at 2 million strong (down from 5 earlier in the week). And yet the police chief was on TV this morning all smiles, saying, We want everyone to come and see the Inauguration! Come on down!

Well! Here we come!

Some of my ‘laws other strategy tips for the day (that I thought I’d pass along):

Get a map. (Sunday’s Washington Post has a good one . . . it shows what stops are closed for the day — ie: Archives and Smithsonian. Unfortunately, it won’t tell you which ones are “leave” or “arrive” only. That could be interesting. Grrr.)

Charge up your metro card. (We’ll be doing this [Monday] to avoid any last-minute snafus.)

Charge up the cell.

Carry snacks. (No bottled beverages, I believe.)

Plastic bags to keep cameras dry.

& Take note of happy eateries on the way. Some place nice to warm up, take a bathroom break, and recharge for the rest of the walk home.

Oh! One story I read that cracked me up said that they expect that the porta-potties (though there are many!) should be about 10,000 to 1. Ahem. Hope we don’t all have to go at the same time. =)

Cheers!
Stephanie

BTW — Arlington (like everywhere around here) is flush with Obama-gear. From the Safeway to the hardware store: shot glasses, flags, t-shirts, dolls, whatever you desire! We got hot sauce at the local bbq place — Hans posted the pic on his twitter feed.

And that’s where we got the photo at the top of this post. Speaking of which, just so you know who you’re hearing from, here’s a photo of Steph and Hans:

Reminder, our Inauguration info page (including West Seattle events, during and after) can be found here.

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Inauguration updates: Special WSB page; shoe drive reminder http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-updates-special-wsb-page-shoe-drive-reminder/ http://westseattleblog.com/2009/01/inauguration-updates-special-wsb-page-shoe-drive-reminder/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2009 18:03:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13625 Two more updates this morning (in addition to our first two installments from West Seattleites in DC – read them here and here): First, we’ve added an Inauguration page, with a variety of info including local events planned during and after the actual swearing-in (chances to celebrate on into the night). Second, we wanted to remind you about the WSB Forums-organized shoe drive in honor of the new administration’s call for service — now through Tuesday, there’s still time to take new or gently used shoes to drop boxes at Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) and Full Tilt Ice Cream. They will all be donated to Soles4Soles (read about that organization here). And here’s the official flyer.

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