I opted for the warmer, more informative seat about 25 blocks away from the capitol here on my couch and I’m pretty happy with that decision.  For instance, I already know what the future first lady is wearing today.

For those of you anxiously clicking refresh (or F5 for the Windows losers users) to see what the real news is in D.C., here is a quick rundown as of Sunday evening:

  1. It’s freaking cold, but we hear it will get colder
  2. Something happened on the mall today with Bono or whatever
  3. Streets are being closed at like 3pm tomorrow apparently
  4. Everything is basically the same in Columbia Heights. Adding the salad bar option at RT’s is still $2.99
  5. CNN is providing adequate coverage
  6. It’s quite warm and comfortable in my apartment, and plus, I have a bathroom near by and plenty of hot tea and food

Stay tuned for more up to the minute coverage straight from the heart of Washington, D.C.

I grew up in a small town.  Which means I grew up with a small town newspaper.  Everyone who grew up with the same situation is familiar the nicknames you give to your hometown newspaper (actually, I think they do this with the big ones too) so our “Record Herald” was always known as the “Reckless Herald” for all their quality reporting.  The paper was so… quaint… they even published our high school newspaper in a special section every so often.  It’s beyond me how our town produced so many wonderful writers and accomplished journalists.  Oh and when the county fair came to town?  Forget news! It’s pictures of goats and pies and 4-H projects for weeks to come!

That’s why it cracked me up this morning when I got my latest update email from the Presidential Inauguration Committe describing in intense detail the aspects of the luncheon that will follow the swearing in ceremony.  Every detail, down to the catering company and the decorations for the room to what the plates will look like are described in minute detail, just as it would have been if it were published by a Reckless Herald staff writer with few opportunities for a feature story.

The first course will be served on replicas of the china from the Lincoln Presidency, which was selected by Mary Todd Lincoln at the beginning of her husband’s term in office. The china features the American bald eagle standing above the U.S. Coat of Arms, surrounded by a wide border of “solferino,” a purple-red hue popular among the fashionable hosts of the day.

I was instantly in love with this email.  I can hardly wait for the follow up when they describe Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden’s attire.  Maybe they will throw in the name of the designer for Dianne Feinstein’s shoes so I can dash out and get a pair for myself!