A Little History:
Our story begins in Pocatello, Idaho, circa 1972, when the lovely Debby Christensen agreed to a first, though fateful date with admirer, David Croshaw. Long story-short, he bade her follow him, and they went arm-in-arm to the Logan, Utah temple for establishment of an eternal family unit, Generation 1, on May 23 1973.

From their first blissful summer in Salt Lake City, educational pursuits took them to Provo/Orem, Utah, birthplace of Leslie and Rebecca, and to San Francisco/Oakland California, birthplace of Colin and Matt. Then, for establishment of livelihood, expansion of the tribe with Abby and Dana, and for raising/unifying of Generation 2, it was back to the roots in Pocatello for a rewarding sojourn.

In time, driven by a raging, but commonly shared sense of adventure and independence, one-by-one, Generation 2 escaped the homeland to distant regions of the country and the world, each ultimately developing their own tribal expansions by pairing with worthy mates and initiating Generation 3.

Now sensing fulfillment of their purpose in Pocatello, Generation 1 has also left those roots and transplanted to Cascade Idaho, from which base, they anticipate more abundant contact with The Posterity, Generations 2 and 3, in the future. That contact however, awaits fulfillment of a call to LDS missionary service in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wherein they hope to help the state of the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

So now, including Generation 0 (Grandma and Grandpa Christensen) home base includes Yuma, Arizona, Pocatello, Idaho, Cascade, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Spokane, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, California, back to Boise, Idaho, and on and on (Generation 3+) to infinity.

Our Mission Statement:
This is the blog of our eternal family unit. Initiated years ago, it served well as a journal, but even more so, as an archive of our personal interaction. It was a gathering place, a confabulation instrument, a unifying force for four generations of widely dispersed and progressively prolific posterity, and their valued associates. Though it served these purposes well for many years, it eventually took a back seat to new-kids-on-the-block, Facebook, and Instagram, and was sadly forgotten.

We now move to resurrect this blog with an added functional purpose of archiving the missionary experiences of Generation 1, of their movements and activities as they participate with The Gathering of Israel in the land northward. In so doing, we hope that via their own comments and posts, this blog will again serve to gather and unify the posterity and their friends.

As in the past, that the young and vibrant may know the old and tired, that enduring bonds may be fostered and maintained, that experience and encouragement may be openly shared, that posterity may embrace truth, and that hearts may be knit together, we must resist detachment despite our geographic divergence. We shall do so here.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Inauguration, anyone?

I’ve been told that I should tell everyone a thing or two about logistical nightmare that is the upcoming Inauguration, from a local point of view.  Am I going?  The jury is still out.  Here are some of the things I’ve heard…

First of all, let’s talk about traffic. Sometimes when I drive to school it takes me 45 minutes to go 12.5 miles, with sort of bad traffic and decent weather conditions in regular rush hour, with all bridges and roads open and the typical amount of people coming in and out of the District.  On a good day with optimal conditions it takes me a half hour. 

Now let’s fast-forward to January 20.  They’re closing ALL bridges going into DC from Virginia to all traffic except buses and public transportation.   Lots of taxi drivers aren’t even going to bother working that day, and I don’t blame ‘em.  They estimate that if you line up all the incoming tour buses end-to-end, they would be able to circle the Beltway, and then go on to Baltimore.  That’s 109 miles.  Where will they put all those?  The biggest parking lot in DC, the Nats Stadium, fits 6,000 buses.  They’re planning on 10,000.  

Okay, so what about the metro?  If you get to the metro by 6:00am, you probably won’t make it to the 12:00 Inauguration.  It’s suggested that you try 4:00 or 5:00.  Typically, metro cars hold 140 people, or 160 with relative discomfort.  For this day, they’ll probably be cramming in 300.  This is in the DC winter, where everyone will be bundled up and may have umbrellas and all the extras.  It brings images of Japanese trains to mind.  I hope no one is claustrophobic.  Can you imagine if someone passed out?  Would anyone even notice?  

There are estimated to be four million people coming.  The most we’ve ever fit onto the National Mall before is one million on July 4, 1976.  There was a six-hour gridlock when everyone left. And that’s in the summer, with no bad weather conditions! (Granted, at that time, the metro was about 4 months old.)  Now multiply the worst case by four, and put it in the dead of winter. What if there’s black ice all over the roads?  I’ve done a more “regular” July 4 when there were closer to 300,000 people.  They know what they’re doing to get everyone out – they implement an emergency exit traffic pattern that is really quite ingenious.  All roads turn into one-way roads that take you straight out of town.  Still takes awhile.

Speaking of the weather.  Remember, it’s January, and this takes place outside.  Average temperature for this day is 37° F at noon, but everyone will be standing around long before that time.  And after.  This is not dry Idaho temperature, it’s humid DC temperature, which feels like a lot less than 37°.  What if it snows?  Or, the more likely result in 37° weather, what if it sleets?  If you are watching from the ticket holder section, you can’t even bring an umbrella into the security area.  And by the way, the only restrooms are porta-potties (for four million people), and there are definitely no refreshment stands.  So bring your own food…just make sure it’s not in a backpack or big bag.  They’re not allowed.  Oh, and leave the kids at home if they can’t walk, because the stroller’s got to stay behind, too.

They’re bringing in police forces from DC, VA, MD, and PA for traffic and crowd control.  And you know the security’s got to be higher on this one than it has ever been before.  How is this all getting paid for?  They’ve appropriated $15 million for this thing.  Four years ago, with a crowd of 300,000, it was $17.5 million.  Huh.

A masochistic part of me wants to be there, just to see the mayhem.  If I've got nothing to do that day (and it's not raining) I think I might walk over...I mean, I live only 9 miles from the epicenter, and it is a pretty significant historical event.  Shouldn't I take advantage?


Jason and Dana said...

Wow, never really thought of that before. I cringe at the traffic leaving a football game.
Maybe you should go to the dentist and get a root canal afterwards, just to relax.

Crystal said...

We were going to go, but decided against it. I am honestly afraid of rednecks and loosing my child. Ain't no way I am even trying now that I have heard of all the craziness... and the day after a national holiday too... no, thanks.

abbynormal said...

haha, that's exactly why the majority of locals won't be there. we get a 4-day weekend! i'm going to visit a friend in NC but i'll be back by then. but if you did come up, i'd stay home and watch asher. :o)

Colin -N- Lori said...

CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY!! It is such a historical time in our country's history, really! HOwever, what other historical events will be taking place that day? Call me paranoid but I think I would watch it from the couch. That's a hard decision though. Knowing you Abbs, you'll end up going.

Grandma & Grandpa said...

go for it, Abby! I just can't see you staying home and watching this on tv. it's much more fun to read your description of an historical time in our country's history. wish i was there to go with you.

David and Debby said...

I can't believe you asked how this is all getting paid for. This is the age of fabricated bail-outs, you know. I also can't believe everyone is so crazed. If you go to it Abby, I'm going to accuse you of being one of the sheep - of not having a life. I'm not even going to waste my time watching it on TV. As for the future, I really hope Obama can make it all work, but I'm not holding my breath.

David and Debby said...

Just a follow-up to the last comment - Actually, I would be happy to watch the inaguration, if I don't have to watch any more of those commemorative plate commercials. That would be a good trade.

beckyV said...

i think they will be sadly disappointed by the numbers. i heard today there are STILL 600 empty rooms in d.c. that does not include the empty rooms in the outlying areas. since i will be at grandmas, we will probably watch that day. oh, and i won't be going to the game on sunday. you know how i am. i will be taking grandma, and i may try to go visit genny and spencer. anyway, i think there will not be anywhere near the projected numbers for the inauguration. we'll see. i'll be looking for you on tv, though. mom