I live about 30 minutes from the nation's capital and right now, people are swarming into the city from all over the world to go to the inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday and I can't decide whether I want to go or not. Actually, let me re-phrase that, I want to go, I just don't know if it's worth it. I've been to a couple of inaugurations (Clinton's first in 1993 and George Bush's in 2005) with my mother and sister and we had a great time, so I've experienced it before. But for weeks, the Washington Post has been reporting that just getting into the city is going to be a logistical nightmare for people. So I asked a good friend of mine, a high ranking, highly respected law enforcement officer for the Capital Police what he thought I should do.
He didn't say "stay home" but he did point out that 1) without a ticket I won't see much, 2) it's going to be incredibly cold and 3) by watching it on tv at home, sitting on my couch in the comfort of my own home I won't miss a thing. And the more I think about it, the more I realize that I don't need to be present on the mall in Washington, D.C., to be a part of history being made. I already am. We all are. And it feels good.
(I suspect it will feel even better on Tuesday when I'm sitting on my couch, nice and toasty, with plenty of snacks and no line to the bathroom!)