A Walk Down Pennyslvania Avenue

I had no idea optimism was so exhausting!  It’s only 6:30PM and I’m listing 40 degrees to Serta Pillow Top.

There were, of course, so many images.  I haven’t even looked at all that I clicked.  And, words.  His, of course.  We are now officially in the hands of a wordsmith.  But, the surprise?  That poet who followed him.  I must find out more about her.  I loved it.

The television is now on mute in the living room.

Ironically, my final image for this series “Driving to the Inaugural” is not one from the inaugural podium, or the monuments, or even the millions of people crowded together on the mall.

It is one of the new President and his wife walking down Pennsylvania Avenue after the inaugural. One foot in front of the other, their-our- journey begins on pavement despite armored cars and bailouts trailing behind and before us.

They were on the way to the White House before attending the inaugural parade.

Me?  I went to pick up my repaired computer!  Hard Drive intact, nothing lost. A new logic board installed.

A good omen for the republic, don’t you think?  Ah.

See you in a few days and thanks for coming along for the ride.

I’m now mere inches from the pillow top, fading fast….fast…fa…..


©Pat Coakley 2009


This is the 15th and final post in my series called “Driving to the Inaugural.”   I am driving from my computer with the assistance of memory and past images and television and internet. Triple A doesn’t have road service for this journey even though I have a premium membership.  Here are the others in the series:















16 comments on “A Walk Down Pennyslvania Avenue”


    To dream of sugarplum fairies in bullet-proof jackets.

  2. I love that shot… amazing Pat.. :)

  3. Such a fitting image to go with your intact hard drive.
    As I said yesterday, the oath of office dispensed, while the oaf of office was dispensed with.

    This was a series worthy of your own time capsule or your top drawer.
    And Razz’s comment- pragmatic and maybe a little true. But now we bask!

  4. its been wonderful, what a great photo. so glad your HD is alive, yay!
    you are so right, it has been quite a ride, and we’re ready to seep into sleep at the beginning of a new dream. i pinched myself, yup, still here, cant believe it, still here….

  5. Razz, “Sugarplum fairies in bulletproof jackets” – love it!
    Pat, I cannot take pics of my tv. It’s official.

  6. Glad your computer is intact! Nice positive series.

    • Thanks, sweetiegirlz…the positive nature of this series was the whole point really. It’s not often, if ever, that a political event has had such an effect on me.

  7. Yes, the poet’s insights were so fresh. I especially loved ‘each
    one of our ancestors on our tongues’… ‘Take out your pencils. Begin’… ‘the figuring-it-out at kitchen tables’
    Her words were so simple and relevant.

    • O, you picked the phrases I particularly liked, flandrumhill! Honestly, when I hear people complaining about this poem, I am bewildered. It struck me as such a perfect complement to Obama’s speech. Thanks for visiting

  8. I should say it’s an amazing image for a final post.

  9. […] poster in this photo taken for my Driving to the Inauguration Series displays the poster, or a variation of it, that is now the subject of a lawsuit by AP against the […]

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