Someday in the future when the inauguration of '09 is very much in our past, what will we remember? I hope I remember the feeling of excitement in the crowd. I hope I remember what one person I interviewed referred to as a sense of unity. I hope I remember the well wishes for Barack Obama. I hope I remember black and white folks crushed into metro cars with very few complaints.
The adventures Cheryl Harrison and I found/created during the past few days will be easier to remember:
- Watching Ludacris perform just feet from me,
- Testing about 50 monitors for CCNV Homeless Shelter,
- Dancing at Madam's Organ,
- Wandering the streets with masses of other wanderers, all intent on finding someplace to be when the inauguration took place,
- Singing along at the Metro Ball, and
- Recording the Metro Minstrel during the Metro Ball.
I think I will also remember the day to day:
- Tweeting everything,
- Editing and posting video as often as possible,
- Catching sleep when I could,
- Interviewing, or trying to interview, folks in the metro, on the street, wherever we found them.
Folks asked me if going was worth the craziness. My answer is definite - ABSOLUTELY.