Work set up a number of all day viewing rooms Tuesday so that we could watch whatever bits of the inauguration we wanted to. There were two bits I wanted to see - the swearing in bits (duh) and the parade.
The only real reason I wanted to see the parade was because I could not believe that they were allowing the World Famous Lawn Rangers of Amazing Arcola take part in it. This is a group of usually well lubricated guys that march in whatever parade will let them. They push lawn mowers and wave brooms and plungers while wearing Lone Ranger masks and red graduation capes. They are not your typical Inaugural Parade participants.
But Arcola turns out to be in Illinois. Even better, they have a picture of a pre-Senator Obama waving a plunger with them at a St Patrick's Day parade.
And Dave Barry is one of them. You can click here to read about how it went and see a short video clip of them in action. (I would join them in a heartbeat!)
I really think this says something great about this new administration. It's a good sign.
So I watched the swearing in on a nice big projection screen. I went back later to catch the parade, but it was running just a little (WAY) behind schedule. I ended up watching the parade in a tiny window on my computer at my desk - I sat through an amazing number of marching bands for 30 seconds of waving brooms badly weaving lawn mowers.
And I'd do it again.
That's it - move along...
PS: Gene Weingarten has a nice dissection of the weirdness of the fumbled swearing in process here.
PPS: It's raining!
PPPS: And of course, since it's raining, I left the lights on the Race Car at work, and came out to a dead battery when I was ready to head home. I tried push starting it but gave up pretty quickly since it seemed to be uphill no matter which way I wanted to push it. A Miata isn't as close to being a go-cart as it looks. So I called AAA and they relatively quickly came and rescued me.