We Are One

January 19, 2009

Yesterday was the We Are One concert in Washington, DC. We were there and it was awesome! I didn’t really know what to expect except for lots of people.

We left at 9:30 (for a 2:30 concert) and didn’t have any problems finding a parking space or getting on a train. It seemed like they were running trains on a rush hour schedule which was very smart. We had a short walk from the metro station to the reflecting pool. We found clean port-o-potties, Starbucks, and Obama gear on the course of our walk. Getting through security was no problem; they were very efficient and polite but it helped that we checked out the restricted items list. We ended up with great “seats” about halfway up the reflecting pool, in front of a jumbo screen. We could see Mr. Lincoln, sitting so solemnly in his memorial.

The entertainment was amazing. Bill pointed out that he really enjoyed hearing artists cover other songs because it can show what great singers they really are and he was right. There were lots of actors participating too, reading inspirational, historical “stuff”. We were also really surprised that Obama and Biden stayed for the entire concert. They would occasionally show him rockin’ out, singing along to music, and when he came on the screen everyone cheered. The feeling in the air was one of joy and hope. I think that Mary J. Blige was my favorite, having sung Lean on Me. U2 was also awesome, with Bono saying that it was a big deal for a kid from the west side of Dublin. All the (male) actors and many of the performers wore suits which to me was a reflection of the respect they felt for the moment. And the concert ended as I thought it should, with everyone on stage together.

It took us 75 minutes to get on a train which was not bad at all. About an hour was walking to the metro station and 15 minutes waiting once we got to the station. Not bad at all.

Today Mom, Bill and I participated in a National Day of Service by donating blood. The donation center was hopping and it took us about an hour and a half from start to finish.

We’ve got a little bit to do before tomorrow. Sandwiches to make. Boots to find. Cameras to charge. I’m not looking forward to waking up at o’dark hundred, but it will be worth it!

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