I’ve been waiting for this day, these moments, for over four years, ever since 45 managed to finagle his way into the presidency. It’s been a long continuous dumpster fire. Today was the day. I watched early in the morning as 45 slunk out of Washington on Marine 1, then watched him with the volume turned down to 0 as he gave his little speech of lies before boarding Air Force 1 and flying down to south Florida.
Once out of site, all attention was on the festivities of swearing in Biden as the 46th President of the United States. And tracking other news items being published in real time over his becoming the official President of the United States. Here are a few captures from my iPhone.
Good actions have already started to flow out of the new President and his staff. I could count them all off, but I need to wait for a later time to let this sink in a bit. I am exhausted at the moment, mentally and physically. I’m elated that Biden is the new President, but in a state of mourning that the ex-president is going to live down in south Florida.
I don’t normally do selfies, but this one was important enough. My wife and I drove down to the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive to receive our first Moderna vaccinations. It was an in-car affair, where we drove a carefully cordoned path past various checkpoints, where we were checked and questioned and then finally directed to a spot inside one of the car garages where we both received our shots. It was highly professional, absolutely fast and totally painless. I took a quick selfie right before the person who gave me my shot injected me. No pain, no muss, no fuss. We left and then sat in an outdoor parking lot for 15 minutes to make sure we weren’t going to have a reaction, and then we drove home.
So far I’ve had a short spell of soreness, followed by a bit of itching. Right now as I write this I don’t feel a thing. Neither does my wife.
Our second shot is scheduled for 6 February.
I wish a lot more of this was going out to people, a lot faster.
In the mean time we will continue to stay masked and exercise proper social distancing, as well as staying away from crowded areas and only going out when it’s absolutely necessary. Although we’re no where out of the woods yet, I feel a solid sense of progress since this pandemic started. My wife and I have been following this since late December 2019 when the very first reports started to surface from Wuhan, China.