inauguration day

As I type this, it's 6:07 a.m., and there's a newsvan parked outside.  I can't imagine what the neighbours must be thinking.  I've fantasized that they're in their houses, peeking through their windows, wondering if either Marcus or I are involved in the next Enron scandal.  After all, there hasn't been a good oil-company related scandal in this town for a while.

I'm told that at least NBC aired the interview last night, but I didn't watch (I hate watching myself on screen!).  A couple of the lovely bloggers who will be joining me to watch the election are going to show up in the next 20 minutes, and in theory, there's going to be a live broadcast from my house starting at about 7 a.m.  Sadly, it's so early, I've forgotten which network will be airing the broadcast!  I'll update as soon as I can find out.

As I did yesterday evening, I'll "liveshoot" the little party we're having.  So you know, the following are the great women who will be here:

Katherine Center

Laura Mayes of Blog con Queso and Kirtsy

Jenny of Good Mom/Bad Mom and The Bloggess

Katie of Happy Katie

Jodi Bash of The Journey

Kara of What Would Jane Austen Do?

Know them.  Love them.

I want to type something wonderfully profound right now, but it's so early, and I really can't think clearly yet.  I'm sorry.  I guess I just want to say that I hope this is the first day of a new era of optimism, and that President Obama is able to be a strong catalyst of peace around the world.

Stay tuned for more on this historic day.

 Jenny the Bloggess, highly disappointed that the cardboard Quaker isn't life-size.


Update:  the conversation has deteriorated.  There is talk of gays, terrorists, Muslims, nudity, bedsheets, killing kittens and oatmeal.  Also, the reporter keeps giving us history lessons about the Battle of the Alamo, while the camera man has just given up all hope and is currently in the TV van listening to conservative talk radio.

Somehow, I feel things are going terribly, terribly wrong.

(We go live again on the local Fox news channel at 8:45 a.m. Central time)


Another update (I'm not counting):

The conservative cameraman.  Not what you thought, is he?

Jodi being interviewed by Fox 26.  She was amazing.


Jenny licking the Quaker.  I told you things were getting out of hand.

The gang.  From left to right: Jodi, Katie, Katherine, Laura, Jenny.


This is Jose, the caterer.  One of the first things he said to me was: "I'm so happy to be doing this.  I get to watch the inauguration.  I just became a US citizen, and this is the first election in which I was able to vote."


The spread.


Happy Katie and a happy Quaker!


10:49 a.m.:  Watching the beginning of the inauguration.  Feeling a bit shaky with anticipation.

10:54 a.m.:  Aretha Franklin singing "My Country 'tis of Thee."  Aaaaaand I'm already teary.

11:08 a.m.:  We all just stood as Obama took oath.  And then cheered.  Unreal.  It's real.  Unreal.

11:21 a.m.:  Watching Obama's speech (with a CBS cameraman watching us):


And within seconds of Obama taking oath, the new White House home page: