I got some great Christmas gifts this year: a nice western-cut leather vest, the complete John Ford/John Wayne DVD boxed set, the special edition "A Christmas Story" DVD, and more. But here's the best of all, rarer even than admission to Harvard:
That's right – through the regular online application process, I got two tickets from Rep. Hodes’ office to the front of the National Mall, by the Capitol steps, for President Barack Obama's inauguration. C’s going to be an absolute zoo – three million tourists swarming the place. Restaurants, bars, etc. will be unusable. I’m not even going to recognize the place, and I do hate crowds. But, this is a historical moment. I keep telling myself, there were no front row seats to Neal Armstrong walking on the moon. How can I pass this up? I’ve got a buddy’s place to crash and a working knowledge of the transportation system, so come January 20, you know exactly where I’ll be.