Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Unfortunately, I didn't leave the house till 5:40 am , and I got Downtown and parked by 6:00 am.
I ran upstairs to track 1, but just missed the train.
So I saw that there was another train to New York on track 2.
I ran downstairs .....and back upstairs to JUST miss the train......OhhBoyyy!!!
The next train to New York was at 6:17 am.
It was due to arrive in New York at 6:38 am.
There was NO WAY that I was gonna make it from Penn Station to 31st and 9th Ave in 2 minutes.
I didn't get PISSED!!!!
I just accepted the fact that if I didn't make it to D.C......It was not meant to be :(
BUT I PRESSED ON!!!!
I came up with a PLAN B ( YOU MUST ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN B!!!)
I planned to take the 6:40 bus, but there was another bus at 8 am.
The 6:40 bus would get me in DC at 11 am with plenty of in between time before I had to be at The White House at 12:45.
The 8:00 bus would get me there by 12:20, with not too much time to play with.
Adding another twist to my DRAMA was the fact that the Megabus had a NEW arrival point that I was not FAMILIAR with. I would have to catch the Metro in DC from a DIFFERENT Station.
Ohhh back to New York....LOL
So I get to the bus stop at 6:45......BUS left at 6:40!
QUESTION : Do I take the 8:00 Megabus or walk 2 blocks over and take the 7:30 MVP Chinese Bus????
I decided to wait for the 8:00 Megabus.....and PRAY that nothing happened.
While waiting for the bus, a woman and her granddaughter walked up, who also MISSED the 6:40 bus.
She had to catch a connecting bus in DC to Charlotte at 12:45 (Megabus from DC to Charlotte is only $3 each way.....NO LIE!!! Her roundtrip ticket was $36 from Charlotte to New York)
I told her not to worry, because our 8:00 bus would get us to DC by 12:20.
We pulled out at 8:00 on the dot....and ALL was WELL!!!
We stopped in Delaware at a rest stop at 10:30 and the Bus driver told us something was wrong with the tires. he said there would be another bus from Philly in about 20 minutes, and a bus from New York in 45 minutes.
I gathered my thoughts , and went in the rest stop to get a burger.
As soon as i got back on the bus.....TO WAIT....a bus from another company pulled in and parked beside us (God sent that bus)
It was a chinese bus from New York going to DC with only 9 people on it.........WHAT??????
I caught up with the Chinese driver and asked him how much he would charge me.
He didn't speak ENGLISH very well , but he said $10...... I UNDERSTOOD THAT!!!!
I gave him the 10 BUCKS......and we were OFF to DC.
He said we would get there by 1.
The BEST news was that we were stopping in Chinatown, where I usually take the METRO in DC
(AIN'T GOD GOOD)
We got to DC at 12:57....I jumped off the bus......ran to the METRO.....waited 3 minutes for the train....got to the White House at 1:15.
JUST in TIME for FINAL SETUP!!!
(Didn't I ask...AIN'T GOD GOOD???)
The Ceremony was SHORT and SWEET , and I was able to catch the 3:30 instead of 4:30 bus HOME.
I am typing this on the bus now.
The Morro of the story is:
PUT GOD FIRST
NEVER GIVE UP
YOUR DREAMS WILL COME TRUE
On this, my 5th visit to The White House to photograph an event, I just want to HUMBLY thank you all for your KIND WORDS and ENCOURAGEMENT.
It is your ENCOURAGEMENT, and GOD'S BLESSINGS that keeps me on this MISSION of CAPTURING this MOMENT in TIME.
This is an HISTORIC time in our Country.
The VERY FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT!!!!
I have been BLESSED to be given the opportunity.
I am always HUMBLED when someone says, they are PROUD of me, and I feel that it is my DUTY to GRAB and TEACH others to go from "THE HOOD to THE WHITE HOUSE"
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!
LOOK AT ME!!!
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!