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VolcanoJen's Blue-Ticket-To-Nowhere Inauguration Adventure - Now, With Photos!!!
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Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 02:13 PM by VolcanoJen
Hello everyone,

I realize it's a few days late, but here's the scoop on my Inauguration Day (Mis)Adventure!!

I was one of the Blue-ticketed people who never made it into the Inauguration Ceremony, or, as we like to call it, The Blue Ball Ticket To Nowhere! What a sad and unorganized mess that was. Just massive crowds, no security, no directions, no police presence, no nuthin'. We arrived at the Blue security entrance at 8:30 and waited patiently for three hours in the cold, packed in like penguins, moving forward toward the entrance maybe a few inches every fifteen minutes. Spirits remained high, though, and we chanted "Keep Hope Alive!" and "What's Going On!" at various intervals. At times, we helped clear paths and lift wheelchairs carrying disabled veterans up and out of the massive crowd; we even cleared a path so Tammy Duckworth could escape the masses. Around 11:30, however, the "line" broke down and the thousands behind us surged forward, scattering everyone else in all sorts of directions. In the crowd push, I ended up swept up to the left and face-planted into a tree. :o

Of course, realizing now we weren't going to see the Inauguration at all, and quite weary of crowds, we high-tailed it up and out of there, standing on 2nd Street behind the Capitol just as the cannon fire went off. Realizing Obama had finally just become President, we hugged and cried with strangers on the street, most of them dejected ticket-holders.

Following that, we were lucky enough to beat the crowd back up to Union Station and ducked into The Dubliner (where "Morning Joe" was filming all week) to lift a pint and a whiskey just in time to see Bush's helicopter lift off, and later, the take-off of FORMER (!!!) Air Force One. It was there that we first met and learned about our Brethren in Inauguration Solidarity, the Purple People stuck in "The Purple Ticket Tunnel of Doom," since the bar was packed with them, as well. They actually seem to have had it worse than we "Blue People" did. We joined in hearty choruses of "Na Na Hey Hey" and "There's No One More Irish Than Barack Obama." (short YouTube here, that's me from the side wearing the stars-n-stripes scarf!)

All in all, it was an absolute blast, and even though we were sorely disappointed to have had tickets and yet saw nothing, I'd still do it over again. It is a real testament to the character and jovial nature of the thousands of us in "line" that nothing awful happened. And celebrating on the street just yards away and later at an Irish bar packed with revelers? Well, that part didn't suck at all.

Here are some whacky pix of the madness and frivolity (all photos taken by Jim Saul, partner-in-Inaug-Shenanigans-Disappointment-Guiness-Lifting-Jameson Toasting-and-Patience; thank you, Jim!! Any times on photos are one hour off due to not resetting the timestamp):

Crowds arriving at Union Station, just before 8:00 am:

Blue "Line" started and continued here:

2nd Street and East Capitol as the cannons went off
(also note the color-coded ticket signage in background; that's about all the signage there was, sadly):

"Na Na, Hey Hey" and "There's No One As Irish As Barack Obama" at The Dubliner!!

After the party... the crowd at Union Station, waiting to catch our trains back:

And finally... Our now-infamous "Blue Ball" tickets, just silly souvenirs, superimposed over a satellite photo of the crowds:

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  -VolcanoJen's Blue-Ticket-To-Nowhere Inauguration Adventure - Now, With Photos!!! VolcanoJen  Jan-24-09 01:15 PM   #0 
  - The day after the inauguration, one blue ticket sold on eBay for $199.52.  Fridays Child   Jan-24-09 01:24 PM   #1 
  - yeah, you can make money off them joints  EraOfResponsibility   Jan-24-09 01:28 PM   #2 
  - No chance I'll lose them!  VolcanoJen   Jan-24-09 07:01 PM   #17 
  - We ran into some Purple Ticket folks who didn't get in either  WolverineDG   Jan-24-09 01:36 PM   #3 
  - The Silver Ticket People revolted.  VolcanoJen   Jan-24-09 01:40 PM   #4 
     - For those of us non-ticketed "rabble," it was just as dangerous  WolverineDG   Jan-24-09 01:50 PM   #5 
     - I've heard that as well.  VolcanoJen   Jan-24-09 02:03 PM   #6 
        - I didn't see any security checkpoints  WolverineDG   Jan-24-09 02:15 PM   #7 
     - I don't know if you were at Nippert Stadium the Sunday before the election, but I was assigned  roseBudd   Jan-24-09 02:30 PM   #8 
     - Wasn't at Nippert, but I was at Ault Park.  VolcanoJen   Jan-24-09 02:57 PM   #10 
        - For some reason people knew not to bring bags to Ault Park, Nippert every other person had a big bag  roseBudd   Jan-24-09 03:40 PM   #12 
     - Sarah Palin supporters? Scary, indeed. n/t  Kukesa   Jan-24-09 06:03 PM   #16 
     - I was a Silver Ticket holder and it was a matter of luck we got in  zulchzulu   Jan-25-09 03:20 PM   #25 
  - My dear VolcanoJen!  CaliforniaPeggy   Jan-24-09 02:33 PM   #9 
  - I'm not livid. Disappointed, but not livid.  VolcanoJen   Jan-24-09 03:00 PM   #11 
     - Jen,  undergroundrailroad   Jan-24-09 08:05 PM   #19 
        - Oh no!! You too??!??  VolcanoJen   Jan-25-09 12:31 PM   #21 
  - Kickity kick  Zomby Woof   Jan-24-09 04:38 PM   #13 
  - Well....  VolcanoJen   Jan-24-09 04:45 PM   #14 
  - I needed more space  Zomby Woof   Jan-25-09 12:37 PM   #22 
  - And one from me, as well. Love your new name, Mr. Woof! n/t  Kukesa   Jan-25-09 03:10 PM   #24 
  - I can imagine how disappointing that must have been......  FrenchieCat   Jan-24-09 05:20 PM   #15 
  - I heard about that.  TZ   Jan-24-09 07:13 PM   #18 
  - So many DCers I know told me this could happen  VolcanoJen   Jan-25-09 02:16 PM   #23 
  - Celebrating in the Dubliner must have been fun. n/t  Kukesa   Jan-24-09 08:35 PM   #20 
  - Great story, sorry you didn't make it in!  fortyfeetunder   Jan-25-09 03:23 PM   #26 
     - Obama 2012 for sure.  VolcanoJen   Jan-26-09 11:38 AM   #27 

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