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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Sorry, There Are No Rooms Available For Those Dates

Just try to find a room within 50 miles of DC around January 20, 2009.



  • yup. even the Hostels are blocked i suspect we'l either be sleeping in a van, or driving back same day...

    incidentally, do you know if one has to actually get free tickets to the ceremony? or cn you just walk in?

    By Blogger Vera, at 1:53 PM  

  • i understand that you should call David Price's office at Durham 688-3004 for information about what events are ticketed and what are completely open. i assume that the closer you want to be to the actual inaugural site, the more likely it is that you'll need some kind of pass, but i have no idea whether that is in fact the case.

    i'll be calling tomorrow. the nearest hotel room we found was in Gordonsville, so we'll be driving up Monday, staying there overnight, driving up to Fairfax to catch the Metro very early Tuesday, and getting back to Gordonsville late Tuesday night, then coming back to Durham on Wednesday.

    By Blogger Barry, at 2:10 PM  

  • I will look for you on the teevee.

    One of the things I appreciate/don't about myself is that I have very little interest in physically witnessing notable events/people. As long as I've seen a few, I'm OK.

    So what have I seen in person? The Chapel Hill Obama rally, Duke basketball games vs. ACC opponents, and Halloween in the Castro.

    All were fun and interesting, but not so much that I wouldn't mind substituting them with a TV set.

    If I had the opportunity, I think I might want to be there in person for something like, say, the destruction of the Berlin Wall, or a the first peopled launch to Mars. I'm sure there are other things that would be similarly meaningful in person and in real time, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

    By Blogger Marsosudiro, at 8:10 PM  

  • i would have loved to attended the final game at Shea Stadium with my daughter, given that i was at the first game there with my dad, but that didn't work out. we got to a random game this summer and made do with that.

    i took the kids to see Bill Clinton speak at Carolina in, i think, October of 93 shortly after we moved here.

    i wouldn't miss this for anything.

    By Blogger Barry, at 9:19 PM  

  • There's an IKEA + motels in Potomac Mills, Virginia, right off I-95. I think it's like 35 minutes from downtown DC? Don't quote me.

    Mmmmm. Meatballs, lingonberries, itty-bitty spuds and kaffee!

    Plus all the funny names they give the stuff they sell.


    By Blogger Tony, at 10:23 PM  

  • Is Tony suggesting that you go into the IKEA just before it closes, hide in the bathroom while they lock up, and then sleep in one of their cool demo apartments? Because if he is, I completely dig it.

    Last year in Providence, a small colony of artists constructed a hidden apartment in the Providence Place Mall. The story (and comments) are kind of fun:

    A smaller thing happened some years ago when a single person made his home in the DBAP for a time. He got nailed when a worker caught scent of chicken in fryer.

    Fried chicken gets people every damned time.

    By Blogger Marsosudiro, at 10:37 PM  

  • This story would seem to indicate that you'll need a ticket to be a part of the inauguration activities that include witnessing the actual ceremony and the walk along Pennsylvania (or is it Constitution?) Avenue. There will be a quarter million or so tickets, or less than 500 for each congressperson and Senator.

    Good thing my hotel room is refundable, because without a ticket, i ain't going.

    By Blogger Barry, at 11:07 PM  

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