One more day

At last year's office holiday party, I won in the gift swap a keychain that counted down the number of days until Bush left office.  At the time, the number was horrifyingly large, but we're down to less than a day now.  (The keychain died sometime last summer, frozen somewhere in the 150s.)

I lucked into a pair of tickets for the swearing in ceremony, so T and I will go.  I gave D the opportunity to come with me, but the idea of standing in the cold for 5 hours didn't appeal to him, so we got a sitter.  We're not leaving the house until 7 am, so I don't expect to be able to see much, but I got a kick out of just wandering around the mall on Sunday, even though we were in the group shut out when they closed the checkpoints.

Great discussion of This Land is Your Land — and the fact that Pete included the "private property" verse — over at Crooked Timber.

T pointed out to me tonight this Onion article from January 2001:

"During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to
the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring
citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed
conflict in the next four years….

"On the economic side, Bush vowed to bring back economic stagnation
by implementing substantial tax cuts, which would lead to a recession,
which would necessitate a tax hike, which would lead to a drop in
consumer spending, which would lead to layoffs, which would deepen the
recession even further."

It's time for some change.

4 Responses to “One more day”

  1. Lee Says:

    Bundle up and have a wonderful time tomorrow! I can’t wait to read your post about it.

  2. Jon Says:

    The key is to survive the layoff by keeping the impact as low as possible. I have been through at least 3 layoff in my 20 year career and personally I feel that it the best way to ride this wave is to be prepared for the extreme . I firmly believe in the Murphy ’s Law especially the 3rd one, ” Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time, in the worst possible way”
    if any one interested in a no-nonsense game of “layoff survival” check out http://www.crootpad.com , a fun way to see different options to survive layoff.
    Thank you,
    Jon Power

  3. Sarah Says:

    That Onion article was crazy. I hope they don’t make predictions for the Obama term, at least not ones we can’t live through. No giant meteor jokes.
    I hope being at the inauguration is fabulous.

  4. bj Says:

    Looking forward to hearing from you Elizabeth. So glad you got to go.

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