Although I only live 2 miles from the Lincoln Memorial, I wussed out and didn’t venture there for the Inauguration Concert. But, the primary reason was I attended a reunion luncheon in Fairfax, VA.
I spent 13 of my first 16 years of my life living in Japan. I went to American schools on various US Military bases, including Zama High School in Camp Zama, Japan. It was a special place and we made many life-long friendships.
A number of my classmates connected in the past year thru Facebook. And, a number of them decided to travel to Washington, DC for the historic celebration. It was absolutely great to connect with so many long-lost friends … the funniest part was when they brought out the old yearbooks … and we laughed hard at the pics of me w/ long, curly surfer hair in 9th and 10th grade (much different than my shaved head look now – lol).
But, I did make it back to my house by 3:00 pm and watched the entire Inauguration Concert on HBO. Although I’m an avid NFL fan – I missed much of the first half of the Cards – Eagles game to watch the concert. I was amazed at the many brilliant performances, including ones by Bono and U2; Beyonce; Springsteen; John Legend; Stevie Wonder; Usher, etc. I must admit I got chills when Bono sang “Pride (In The Name of Love)”. And, “American Pie” is one of my fav all-time songs so I loved it when they crowd sang along w/ Garth Brooks.
I loved the concert … it was terrific and memorable … then I got to watch the 2nd half of the exciting Cards comeback over the Eagles … then, the thrilling and hard-hitting Steelers – Ravens bash. Man, there was some wicked hitting going on in that game!
What a day – it don’t get much better! (I used “don’t” on purpose since I was using football dude-speak).