Getting Around the Inaugural

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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Wear very comfortable shoes.  If they're really ugly, it's OK.  Nobody will be looking at your feet.  And you will be doing a whole lot of walking - maybe even running! Thick socks and Dr. Sholls are recommended.

Original content by Patricia Kennedy AB95346

 

Barak Obama's first Inaugural attracted a crowd of between 1 and 1.8 million people, depending on which estimates you believe.  And it was one of the coldest days in Washington's history.  As a volunteer along the parade route, they issued my battery operated glove and boot inserts to deter frostbite, and there were warming stations on each block along the parade route.  

For President-elect Trump, the long range weather forecast looks a lot kinder, with temperatures expected to be in the high 50's.  And no matter how many people show up for his swearing-in and parade, there will be some major traffic challenges.  

If you plan to look at houses, shop or walk your dog in the downtown area, keep in mind that there will be more road closures than they have for the Marine Corps Marathon!  And above is a helpful map from the Secret Service showing what streets will be closed off or restricted for the occasion.  And here is their complete list of street closures between the 18th and the 21st of January.

But if you are planning to be anyplace near the Capitol, the White House or the parade route on January 20th, my strong recommendation is that you use Metro - or walk.  And here are some more tips if you plan to attend:

  • Wear very comfortable shoes.  If they're really ugly, it's OK.  Nobody will be looking at your feet.  And you will be doing a whole lot of walking - maybe even running! Thick socks and Dr. Sholls are recommended.
  • Dress warmly for whatever the weather. I'd suggest layers and a big shoulder bag to stuff them into, except that you might have issues with security.
  • Bring gloves even if it is in the 50's.  The weather can turn nippy quickly.  
  • Have your phone fully charged in case you are separated from the people you came with.
  • Turn off the sound on all electronics during any musical performances, poetry reading, swearing in and the Inaugural Address.  At Clinton's first inaugural, some idiot was negotiating stock trades on his constantly ringing cell phone and someone almost grabbed it out of his hand.
  • Etiquette does permit texting and checking your email as long as the sound is off, but it's not encouraged.
  • To get anywhere close to the Capitol or the parade route, expect to go through heavy security, and leave any jewelry or other accessories that could set off the metal detectors at home.   
  • If you are planning to participate, whether it's to celebrate or to protest our new leader, just remember that in the United States, we are famous for our peaceful transfers of power. Behave yourself!

Me? I'm going to watch the ceremonies in the comfort of my home on my big screen TV with some friends, some bubbly and some pate and brie on a baguette!  

 

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Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Patricia Kennedy

Jan 14, 2017 04:10 AM #1
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Thanks for the reblog choice today--count down is on

Jan 14, 2017 04:15 AM #2
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Great information shared by you, Roy Kelley. Now I can only hope that Congress gets down to the People's Work and ceases with all the partisan games.

Jan 14, 2017 04:16 AM #3
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Thanks so much for your comments. Have an outstanding weekend.

Jan 14, 2017 04:18 AM #4
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Nathan Gesner
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I missed this original post. Interesting stuff. I'll head over and make a comment on her blog.

Jan 14, 2017 05:19 AM #5
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Gabe Sanders
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Thanks for the re-blog, Roy.  Though, I will not be attending this inaugural.

Jan 14, 2017 05:37 AM #6
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Scott Godzyk
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There are quite a few people from NH going, they had all kinds of bus trips from 1 to 4 days. I thought about it but just too busy to take the time off, I will be watching on TV though Roy Kelley 

Jan 14, 2017 05:54 AM #7
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Your comments and your continued support are very much appreciated.

Jan 14, 2017 06:28 AM #8
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Joe Pryor
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This is not a political statement as to why I wouldn't go, it is just that I do not like crowds that much.

Jan 14, 2017 07:37 AM #9
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Dressing appropriately is so important. I hope the weather will cooperate and the temperatures will be milder with no rain.

Jan 15, 2017 08:09 AM #10
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Good Sunday afternoon to all. Have an outstanding week.

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Roy, 

Thanks for the helpful tips.( Inaugural Survival Kit )

Jan 15, 2017 12:58 PM #12
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Good Monday morning to all. Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jan 16, 2017 03:52 AM #13
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One of the initial actions of the Trump administration was to suspend the previously announced reduction of the FHA mortgage insurance premium.

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