re: "No vacancy"
"(T)his furor over Inauguration Day is exactly why I'm against D.C. getting the Olympics, a Super Bowl, or anything that would cause hordes of tourists, houseguests, and other assorted riffraff to descend on the area like locusts. I'm sick of hearing about how people are desperately trying to get tickets. I'm sick of hearing about how impossible it is to find a hotel room in the city. And most of all, I'm sick of hearing about how people feel they need to be here so they can be part of "history."
You know what? If you voted for Obama in the election? Congratulations! You're part of history. Standing shoulder to shoulder with a couple million people on the Mall in the freezing cold, so far away from the Capitol that you can't make anything out? You're just part of a really big crowd."
CAA was part of the Inauguration events on two occasions, both Pres. Clinton and the current Pres. Bush's first (each) Inaugural parades. It's nice to be a part of something big like that.
CAA was going to watch the fireworks from the top of office building downtown in 1997, but his then-girlfriend (whose office building it was) picked that night to dump him.
Sure, I was broken-hearted (but not about the fireworks or about Pres. Clinton) for awhile, but then I met Madam-at-Arms.