Tuesday, January 20, 2009

[Off-topic?] Where Were You?

Today, as you may have noticed, is a pretty big day here in the United States.  It’s a day that many people thought would never come, at least not in their lifetimes.  It’s a day that I remember hearing about in school as a sort of “Maybe one day…” thing, something in the future, not the present.  I’m speaking, of course, about the swearing in of our first Hawaiian president.

As I tried to explain to my 6yr old this morning, “There are times in your life when people will ask ‘Where were you?’  Where were you when we landed on the moon, where were you when 9/11 happened?”

“I wasn’t alive for either of those things, Daddy.”

“I know, sweetie.  But you know what?  Years from now, when you’re Daddy’s age and you have kids your age, people are going to ask you Where were you when they swore in the first Hawaiian president.”

So, I’m asking all my readers, on all my blogs:  Where were you?

Me, personally, I’m at work.  My kids are at their grandmother’s house, because the power went out at about 6:30am.  Which stinks, because there’s pretty much no way I will be able to DVR the ceremonies on television if I have no television :).  But I will be watching on line as best I can.

Where are you?

How optimistic are you about our new president, as far as technology goes?  We’re talking about a man who fights with the Secret Service over whether he has to give up his Blackberry, whose weekly speeches go out on YouTube, who has had the Change.Gov website up since pretty much the day he got elected.  A site, mind you, that actively solicits input from the people, and doesn’t just make a bunch of bland statements buried in documents 1000 pages deep just because the rules say they have to.  Are you optimistic for our lives as geeks?  Or pessimistic that he can’t live up to the hype?

1 comment:

steveo said...

I'm so disappointed. We really should have held out for our first Alaskan Vice President. ;-)