The Bee at the Inauguration: My trip to Washington starts

mfigueroa@modbee.comJanuary 20, 2013 

  • AT THE INAUGURATION

    alternate text Maria Figueroa
    Bio: Hailing from Modesto, Bee newsroom assistant Maria Luisa Figueroa is a writer and blogger. She is the author of several blogs chronicling humorous adventures in daily air travel, living abroad and even visiting Disneyland. She is currently working on a novel, just so she can say she is working on a novel.
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    E-mail: mfigueroa@modbee.com

With my Obamascope in hand, courtesy of Mr. Jeff Jardine, I have headed off to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

Though the fanfare from the inauguration in 2009 may not be at the same level this time around, this will still be the second most-attended inauguration in history.

Even if it's in second place, I try to make it my goal to be a part of history in any way possible. You would be hard-pressed to find many people still as hopeful this time around, but as we struggle to regain our footing, Americans should still look to this time-honored event as a symbol of democracy and pride.

Regardless of your party affiliation, it is still a day to to celebrate freedoms, honor our leaders and don your best red, white and blue garments while toasting, or roasting, President Obama.

Yes, I will be on the lookout for all things patriotic running the gamut from strange to special, tacky to touching. With the help of the Obamascope, I shouldn't miss a thing!

It pays to follow your local leaders and to be involved in the community around you. In fact, I wouldnt be on this trip if it wasn't for Congressman Jeff Denham.

Recently moving back to the area, I made sure to add myself to the mailing lists of the legislators in and around our region. A few weeks after the election, an email from Denham's office popped into my inbox offering tickets to the inauguration through a lottery system.

It seems there are people who always win contests or prizes, and those that NEVER do. I am in the latter group. The only thing I have ever won was a "free trip to the pricipal's office" during my more rebellious high shool days.

It was no prize. Actually, the shenanigans that landed me in trouble did help me to win "Best Sense of Humor" in the yearbook, bringing my lifetime victory total to a jealousy-inducing two.

Imagine my excitement when I received a message weeks later offering me two tickets to the inauguration!

Of course, anyone is welcome to attend the event, but those with tickets from legislators get to stand in a designated section nearer to the ceremonies.

I have been to D.C. before, and the National Mall is immense so having a reserved section is key to get the most out of this experience.

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