January 17, 2009

January 17, 2009
A Cold Day in DC

Welcome to another day in my life. I hope you are having a safe and great Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend so far. I know for a lot of us this is a long weekend due to the holiday on Monday.

I arrived in Washington, DC today after a very bumpy flight on Southwest Airlines. The turbulence was so bad the flight attendants could not even serve soda. I was lucky enough to get my flight paid for by my wonderful Dad and have several friends I can stay with in DC. Otherwise, I would not have been able to afford to attend this history changing inauguration which I am sure will be a life changing experience.

Now there are downsides to being here in Washington DC this time of year. Number one downside is the bone chilling cold. See, I live in Florida for a reason. I do not have to worry about digging my butt out of the sunshine. So these frigid DC temperatures have my teeth rattling and seeking out body heat.

Number two downside is the number of people here for the presidential inauguration. It takes forever to get anywhere and once you get there you are surrounded by crowds the like of which I have never seen in NYC much less DC. So transportation is going to be a major hassle. Not to mention the lines for food and restrooms. So far, I have only seen one security check point but I am sure there will be several for the major events.

But like I said, I count my blessing to be able to be here for this historical occasion. There is a free concert today which my friends and I are going to try and make. But I am sure they will not be allowing cameras and bags so I will try to travel light and dress very warm.

Tomorrow night, there is a GLBT mixer and a HIV community mixer so I hope to make both of them while still having time to spend with my friends who live here in DC. I am lucky to know my way around and have several friends in DC since I have been coming here regularly for over 25 years.

Several of you have emailed me about having bad colds. Remember to get plenty of fluids and keep warm. Know I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

So what about you? What are your plans for the weekend? Drop me a line and let me know. Remember to keep your feet on the ground while reaching for the stars.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab