Friday, January 16, 2009

My Inauguration Outfit



I have on three layers of high tech Eastern Mountain Sports shirts: subzero-temperature wicking base, turtleneck and fleece vest, long underwear, pantyhose, fleece wrist covers, Joel's motorcycle gloves, 8 digital cards, two fully charged batteries, 8 AA batteries, a flask, a wide angle lens, cash, two cell phones, a metro map, three granola bars, and eventually there will be a 100-400 mm lens on the camera body. And that spiralled black and white thing around my arm is a tripod. I've stocked up on hand warming packs and toe-warming packs.

14 hours on my feet. Three days in a row. 5,000 porta-potties for 2.5 million people. Should I buy adult diapers? Twice now I've stood in front of the Depends display, seriously considering it. Seriously.

13 comments:

Samosas for One said...

Isn't this what people do for New Year's Eve in Times Square? They buy Depends? How will you survive this cold weather?!

Becky said...

Before buying adult diapers, I recommend you read this article on Slate: http://www.slate.com/id/2199722/

Can I just say that all your gear makes you look like some sort of photo ninja?

Lauren said...

I vote Depends. Eff the porta-potty line.

michelle said...

It will make no difference if you have a Depends on under all that stuff. (No one will know) That way you can decide by the looks of the lines and the looks of the porta potties whether you want to use your Depends or not. Plus, I am always a big believer in the "let me buy the cheapest thing on your menu so I can use your bathroom" approach at restaurants :)

Alissa said...

Are you going by yourself, or will you have a reporter with you? I'm just wondering where you will put all that stuff while you hop into the porta potty? I wouldn't trust handing it off to anyone else to hold!

Also... wearing Depends to the inauguration will add a nice twist to the story you tell your grandkids. ;)

shannon said...

Ha. I was thinking you look like a photo ninja, too. Becky, get out of my head.

See you tomorrow lady. Will have lots of warm things for you to eat and drink when you get back from shooting each night. And sangria!

ethnically ambiguous said...

Depends all the way! And I'll say a little sumtin sumtin for you while you take part of this once in a lifetime, amazing, crazy house event.
And btw dood you look like the most badass photo ninja, I could imagine some wicked comic about you. Fun carefree Angie by day stealthy picture taking nijna by night. You'd have all sorts of bond like gadgets so that you can get the impossible angle...maybe something like that movie Wanted where you could be looking through a lens deep in the jungle of Vietnam all to get a stealthy photo of some evil old lady saving a kitten from certain doom in Idaho. yeah...that would be so cool.
oh and one last thing verification word today was "uperp" that just made me giggle.

gwen1234 said...

I'm sorry, I just can't endorse the Depends... I know it makes sense, I know there might be no other choice, but aaah. I can't.

Also, you know what -- you can probably leave the metro map at home, because there are big giant maps in every station and on almost every train. And all you really need to remember is that to get back to Shannon's from downtown, you want the red line toward Shady Grove. Change at Metro Center if you're coming from any of the blue/orange stops near the Mall. OK, now I really miss DC and am jealous of you.

(My verification word is jabito. Jabito uperp!)

Lo Lo said...

HO-LY CRAP that is the best thing I have seen in A WHILE. And I mean, A LONG TIME.

I am jealous that you're going to be there in person, but not jealous to be in limbo between buying Depends or waiting in a port-a-potty line for 2 hours to pee.

I'll be thinking of you!

Luke said...

You're going to get tackled by Secret Service wearing that getup!!

I will be happily watching from my warm apartment in California.

Alissa said...

Lol. Todd had the same thought as Luke when he saw the photo - looking like a ninja is awesome 99% of the time. The 1% of the time when it might not be so great is when there are government snipers surrounding you.

Hrm. Be extra careful, ninja?

Joel said...

The thing that makes Angie look most like a photo-ninja is my thermal face covering that she decidedly will not wear while going through security.

Samosas for One said...

How was the experience?