Blog: Inaugeration January 06, 2009
Blogging the inauguration: Eyes on the calendar — and the weather forecast
January 4th, 2009
Last spring local resident Tim Curry and his son took a little trip — to the Ukraine, which is about 8,000 miles away. It seems that the Ukraine, for the first time in history, was trying their hand at democracy by electing a new Parliament, and Tim and his son wanted to be there to serve witness.
Many of you know Tim. He is a great computer guru and hi-tech fix-it person. He’s also a talented musician.
Why the Ukraine? Seems to be a family connection.
So off Tim and his son go — with about two weeks’ planning — to spend three or four days witnessing history. Some might think it was an in-your-face impetuous, unexplainable, crazy thing to do, but there was something to admire about it in a Razor’s Edge kind of way. For the Ukrainians to take that bold leap toward Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness had to take some guts. And Tim and his son were going to be right in the middle of it, no matter what happened.
Election night, Nov. 4, I watch history being made via my TV; for some reason Tim’s journey earlier in the year comes to mind. Tim traveled halfway across the world to be there for something important. I don’t know if it changed or enlightened him in some way — to me, he seemed the same guy when he returned — but he did it. Crazy vs. admirable. You decide, but if he can travel 8,000 miles to another country for something he believed was important, can’t I travel a mere 2,000?
Perhaps sometimes we’re just driven to do something profound, drawn to something larger than life, like lemmings to the sea.*
(*Yes, I realize the Lemmings to the Sea Story is a myth, propagated decades ago by some demented photographer, but the analogy is one of our society’s most iconoclastic comparisons to anybody doing something unexplainable or a bit nutty.)
Fifteen days to go and I’m starting to watch weather.com. I’m trying not to obsess too much about it, but my son, Bill, might have a point. He called Sunday to talk about footwear. Maybe I need warm, insulated boots. I’ll hold off until just before I leave, then perhaps make a mad dash down to Benge’s if I need to. Of course, breaking in new boots while mucking about D.C. might not be a smart idea, either. But a stop at Gene Taylor’s for hand warmers and a good rain poncho is certainly in order.
Read Grand Junction resident Vicki Felmlee’s blog about Barack Obama’s inauguration at GJSentinel.com.