Ashmama

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Mon, 01-19-2009 - 4:19pm

It's none of my business, and I tend to be a worry wart, but I was thinking about your dd going to the inauguration.

Over and over here in D.C. they've been stressing that you need to dress in layers and dress warmly since you'll most likely be outside for several hours, in temps in the upper 20's to low 30's. Officials have been recommending that you additionally have chemical hand &/or toe warmers (they're like $1-2 for a 2-pack at Walmart), long underwear, comfy shoes, etc. I even read one recommendation that you take extra toilet paper (or pocket pack of kleenex) for the porta-johns.

I know there are restrictions on what and how much stuff you can take with you (and my experience is that they mean what they say, just like the airlines). No umbrellas are permitted, limited food and drinks are permitted, etc. Some Metro subway station access will be limited or closed due to security, and parking will probably be a distance from the mall, so plan for a lot of walking.

The Washington Post newspaper has been printing maps and other info that may be helpful. Here's a link to a map if you can use it http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2008/12/04/GR2008120402930.html.

I hope your dd has a great time and survives the weather and crowds!

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In reply to: momnstuff
Mon, 01-19-2009 - 5:46pm

You are so kind to think of her! Yes, she has all those things (she's actually been in DC since Saturday) and is having a blast. She laughed when I told her to

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In reply to: momnstuff
Mon, 01-19-2009 - 8:04pm
Glad she's enjoying herself!

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In reply to: momnstuff
Mon, 01-19-2009 - 9:41pm
I'm so glad your dd is warm, having a good time, and getting to see some of the city without the overwhelming crowds that will be here tomorrow. Good thing she's from a colder area than D.C., so she knew how to prepare herself! What great memories!
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In reply to: momnstuff
Mon, 01-19-2009 - 10:36pm

Have you talked to her since?

Is she enjoying it?

What has she done so far?

I'll keep her in my prayers that she stays safe and warm and is returned to you soon with lots of wonderful stories (that you'll share here, of course!).





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In reply to: momnstuff
Tue, 01-20-2009 - 7:22am

What a wonderful experience for her, to witness such an historic event.

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In reply to: momnstuff
Tue, 01-20-2009 - 6:18pm

Thank you. Yes, when she left, we'd just had a week of temperatures in the single digits.


She said she was warm enough today, but after standing for 8 straight hours, she is exhausted!

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In reply to: momnstuff
Tue, 01-20-2009 - 6:24pm

Thanks for your prayers!


I talked to her about an hour ago as she was getting ready for her group's inaugural ball.


She is exhausted from getting up at 4 a.m. and standing for 8 hours, but had an awesome time. She said that chanting Obama's name knowing that two million other people were doing it too was amazing, that his speech was brilliant and inspiring and that Sasha Obama has perfect hair. All the famous people she saw were on the Jumbotron, not in person, but that was good enough for her.


They've been to Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, and most of the memorials. She is dying to go to the National Archives. It's scheduled for tomorrow, but often the schedule has to change because of the crowds.

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In reply to: momnstuff
Tue, 01-20-2009 - 6:28pm

All of our conversations have been very brief, because they can only use their phones at certain times, so as not to detract from the experience. But she is having a great time and was very moved by Obama's inaugural address. (Which, of course, she watched on a jumbotron with 2 million other people!)


I never want to live vicariously through my children, but on this one historic day, I figure it's okay!