Monday, January 19, 2009
On The Bus
Good Morning World.
I am on the 8:30 am Chinese Bus to Washington D.C.
As most of you may know, I am going to photograph the Inauguration.
It is my duty as a photographer , and a Black Man to be in D.C. for this once in a lifetime event.
The bus is full, but I still have a seat to myself....i've got some breathing room...LOL.
I have everything mapped out ....metro stops, locations,times, prices,etc.
I was supposed to be leaving at 3:30 pm,but I got a call from a group that is having an Inaugural Event tonight at 7pm.
The money was RIGHT!!! ...so I decided to get to D.C. a little earlier.
I will be staying with my Aunt Virginia....thank you,thank you, thank you!!!
I forgot....modern technology is truly amazing.
I am posting this blog while riding on the bus.....YES wi-fi on the bus.
Anyway....I had to bring some extra camera equipment since I am shooting this function tonight.
Supposedly Dr. Maya Angelou will be there.
It is a black tie affair, and the tickets are $175
I could not call myself a photographer, and miss this Historic Day.
I requested press credentials from the Press Corps, but i was denied because of overwhelming requests.
I am not too worried about getting pics of the new President...as you can see by my blog the past 21 days, I have put up a different picture of him daily.
I took those shots of him last February in New Jersey
I just need to capture the events of the day, the crowds, the metro, the energy.
I can say I WAS THERE, and show it in pictures that will last a lifetime.
I got an e-mail from a friend on Friday.
He had planned way back in August to charter a bus to the Inauguration.
I thought it was a great idea.
He e-mailed me to say that he was 70% sure that he was not going to The Inauguration.
His reason was "The Cold Weather"
He asked me to give him some encouragement.
This is what I told him:
Years ago when they had the Million Man March, I didn't go because I felt like I was doing everything I was supposed to do in my community as a man.
Little did i know,that it would be the greatest gathering of black men to this date.I regret that to this day.
I talked to my cousin today from DC, I am staying at his mothers house on Monday night.
I told him that even if I had to walk the streets of DC all night..I would NOT miss this one.
It is TRULY a once in a lifetime event.
It should be at least 35 degrees on that day according to the weather forecast.
Dress in LAYERS...Dress WARM...Carry a small bottle of BRANDY!!!
You can't get better than that from Oprah Winfrey...LOL
Be Blessed and Stay Tuned