Tom and I keep getting asked by our out of town friends and relatives what it’s like to live in the middle of history as DC prepares for Inauguration 2009. I always explain it this way- DC went through the motions to get ready for Christmas, with the National Tree Lighting and whatnot, but the economy is in the tank so no one wants to talk about Christmas anyway. The any visions of sugarplums dancing in heads in DC have been for the Inauguration. With that in mind, a few Inauguration-related items from across the Internets:
- Via Borderstan, Serve DC needs volunteers for Inauguration Day. Don’t get too excited- volunteering doesn’t get you any closer to the ceremony or into any events, but you’ll help give directions to out-of-town attendees and generally help people get where they’re going with minimal grief. There’s a mandatory information session all volunteers must attend.
- Inaugural Insanity alerts us to the Case Foundation’s “Change Begins with Me” contest. Tell the Case Foundation about your commitment to positive social change in your own community, and you can win a trip to the Inauguration- while the airfare for two might not be so useful to locals (unless you have a burning desire to fly from Dulles to National), the package includes two tickets to the Inauguration ceremony itself as well as the Hawaii Inaugural Ball.
- Inaugural Salon is an event held the day before the Inauguration at House of Sweden; the meeting space above the Swedish Embassy. Participants and speakers will talk about their hopes and expectations for America across a broad range of topics. Seating is extremely limited, but 100% of the $100 registration fee will be donated to City Year DC.