Inauguration Day is this coming Tuesday. Millions of people are expected to attend - twice as many as can actually fit on the Mall, according to some estimates (allowing for a standard 5-foot square playing grid).
Like most people who live in Virginia and work in DC, I'm planning to take Monday and Tuesday off or try to work from home. The bridges are all closed and the Metro will be packed with tourists.
I've pondered the possibility of a terrorist threat. If I were worried, I could easily spend the day at my family's cabin in West Virginia, but I'm not. The stampedes or suspicious packages that any large event brings won't bother me 10 miles outside of the city, and anything that would, such as a nuclear bomb, is unlikely in the extreme.
For those of you who live in or near DC, what are your plans and what have you done in previous years? Renting out your room, trying to make it in to the office, watching the parade from a private apartment building or government building?
For those of you who will be attending the inauguration, how are you preparing? Train tickets, hotels, any additional safety precautions? Any interesting plans to check out the rest of the city while you're here?