Logistics, PDAs and Porta Potties

Jan 19, 2009 12:16pm

As I’m printing out my e-tickets to the "Google/YouTube" Inaugural ball, I’m scratching my head as to what order to hit the three inaugural balls that I’ve pledged to attend. 

President-to-be Barack Obama and the first lady are scheduled to show up at 8:10 p.m. to the "Obama Home States Ball" for which I have old-fashioned, official-looking tickets. I’m hoping to catch the Obamas on my Flip CAM. Now the Home States (Hawaii & Illinois) ball is an "official" ball at the Washington Convention Center at 801 Vernon Place, NW.

But then, my producer Jim DuBreuil and I have to hoof (most likely) to either the "Google/YouTube ball" which is at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium at 1301 Constitution Ave, NW …  Or to the Creative Coalition Ball, hosted by Alec Baldwin and his actor activist friends at the Harman Center for the Arts at 610 F ST NW.

Now — as we walk between soirees — I’m planning to Twitter you all my location using my new cool "Here I Am" app on my iPhone, which will cross over automatically to my Facebook page "Juju Juggles."  It gives you a Google map location of me (within a few blocks).

Now bear in mind, I’ll be wearing a black tie outfit. I’m going with practical, despite my son’s preference: Long skirt, long underwear as a "foundation garment" and lady-like tuxedo jacket (Oscar de la Renta bridge line, if you’re curious). Oh, warm frumpy snow boots. Maybe my frumpy walking shoes.

Tonight, I’m doing a dry run … A Pre-Inaugural party at the Kennedy Center sponsored by "Jazz at Lincoln Center" and the Rockefeller foundation. Do we walk? Hitch-hike? Get gouged by drivers? 

I’m both psyched and freaked about the crowds and the logistics. The best wild-guess crowd estimate of 1.5 million was derived from a Secret Service threat assessment.

But talk about the great unwashed. According to the Wall Street Journal, The Park Service suggests one toilet for every 300 people. The Portable Sanitation Association International says 7,500 toilets would be needed. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has reportedly ordered up 5,000 porta-potties. YOU do the math.

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