“We Are One” Concert

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On
Saturday morning, I stumbled across this
article on how Astros reliever LaTroy Hawkins was coming to the District for the
inauguration.  So naturally, I had to
go.  The mission was simple: find LaTroy
Hawkins, while simultaneously attempting to come as close as possible to the
Lincoln Memorial, where the We Are One concert was being held.

 

The
Capitol was getting decked out:

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People
were coming from every which way:

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But
I didn’t truly appreciate the massive number of people until I reached the
Washington Monument and saw the sea of people:

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By climbing over chains, squeezing past people, and taking an extremely indirect
route, I finally made it to the best location I was going to stand in that
day.  And this is how far away it twas:

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This
was the view behind me, facing the Washington Monument:

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A LOT of people.  That’s all there was
to it:

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I
can only describe what it was like walking through 17th Street in
one word:

Sardines

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Yep, sardines (the picture
below DOES NOT, I repeat DOES NOT do the situation justice):

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Minutes after the concert ended, enter claustrophobia

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.

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The
White House on its third-to-last day of infestation:

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I
stopped by the Newseum and took some pics:
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What’s the big deal with Hank Aaron’s number?

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The First Amendment from
below:

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Canada being Canada:

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Celebrating their new
neighbor:

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And that’s about it…

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I’m going to the
Inauguration tomorrow (or technically today) and will probably take better
photos this time around.  Although the
chances of seeing LaTroy Hawkins are about as good as the Nationals winning
the pennant next year, I’ll still have my eyes wide open.  But even if LaTroy eludes me, it will be a
fine day (figuratively
speaking
):

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4 comments

  1. juliasrants

    Have a WONDERFUL time today! (Okay – that explains why you were blogging so early this morning!) I will be watching the events on TV. I know you’re still young, but try to remember the feeling you have today for a long time to come. It’s a great day to be an American! We are so full of hope today! Look forward to your pictures and I hope you get to see LaTroy Hawkins!

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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