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Why don’t people just listen to me?

The plan was to get a good night’s rest the night before the Inauguration, but Huey, Dewey, and Louie thought it’s be fun to go out to meet up with other Arapahoe Obama folks.  I was against the idea; I really wanted to go to the National Mall and see the Lincoln Memorial seeing as it was MLK day.  They insisted on going out, so I begrudgingly tagged along with almost total certainty that the night wouldn’t go well. 

We were dirty from our work with Barack Obama’s National Day of Service so we had to head back to Maryland where we were staying to get showered and changed.  By the time we got home and got dressed to go out it was almost 11:00.  Normally that wouldn’t be an issue except for the fact that we were under the impression that the Metro stopped running at midnight. 

  Steve (Huey), Matthew (Dewey), and Matt (Louie) naively thinking they are in for a great night of partying.

Well, we finally got off the Metro near where we thought our friends were and Matt gave them a call.  “What’s that Matt??  They left the bar we’re supposed to be meeting them at!?”  Yes, they had left and were headed to a different bar.  We paid for a cab to the new bar and waited in line outside for half an hour in 8 degree weather with really strong wind.  FINALLY, we got in!  We searched everywhere in the bar for them, and they were absolutely not there.  NOT THERE!  Matt called up his contact and she informed him that the line had been too long and it had been too cold outside so everyone left.  Yeah, you read that right.  They just didn’t bother to tell us until AFTER we waited in the awful, frigid line.  Matthew and Steve quickly drank a couple of beers as we stood near the doorway looking and feeling like idiots. 

The good news?  We found out the Metro was actually going to run until 2:00am so we at least wouldn’t be stranded.  We did however get home so late that we only got about an hour and a half of sleep before it was time to wake up.  Why don’t people just listen to me?

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Barack Obama’s National Day of Service

Immediately after arriving at our hosts’ home on Monday morning we all took showers (YES!) and got ready to head to Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium for the National Day of Service that President-Elect Barack Obama called for.  We met up with our hosts Lori & Dallas, who have been amazing and have shared their home so generously with us.  The objective of the day was to create care packages for our military.  With thousands of volunteers there to put the packages together, our job was to keep the items stocked and the lines flowing.

Here some photos from the day, including our first ride on the Metro.  They don’t do the event justice, but there were thousands and thousands of people there putting toothpaste, sunscreen, energy drinks, pens & paper, etc. into bags for our military personnel around the world.  It was a phenomenal and inspirational event.