Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Not A Single "O"
At the conclusion of The Inauguration Ceremony for The 44th President Of The United States, The National Anthem was sung by The U.S Navy Band "Sea Chanters". With well over 1 million or more folks sitting and standing along The National Mall (depending on which crowd estimate you believe)--not a single "O" was heard when the 'O Say Does That Star Spangled Banner' portion of the presentation was recited. No one disrespected Our Nation's Song during the swearing in ceremony of President Barack Obama.
That moment almost brought as big of a smile to my face as to watching history being made in person. Well, maybe not that much, but still it's worth reporting. What's the chances of that ever happening at Nationals Park? The African Queen and I did notice that 'O' is wildly yelled at, seemingly, all Washington Capitals Hockey Games when The National Anthem is sung. We've attended two different Caps games so far this year at Verizon Center. A place where Sohna and I found 'O' being recited there even stranger than hearing it at home games of Our Washington Nationals.
But at least for one cherished moment, everyone at The U.S. Capitol and National Mall yesterday, respected Our Nation Anthem.
PS--We both read about the distinct possibility of Don Sutton leaving the MASN Broadcast Booth and returning to Atlanta for The Braves. The African Queen and I would miss him tremendously if his remaining contract is dismissed. For us, Don is the best part of The TV Crew, always delightful to speak with and insightful in his game analyst. And besides, Don loves The African Queen. So, he's always OK in my book. What's not to like about someone like that?
But seriously, Don Sutton is a terrific baseball broadcaster that you can learn the game from. Something which you don't get from many TV broadcasters. We wish he would stay--if he believes that's the best move for him and his family.
PSS--Still recovering from being up for nearly three straight days, much of it outside in FREEZING WEATHER. But worth it. Although at nearly 50 years of age, it's tougher to bounce back quickly.