I've been listening to the news about how all the cell phones in use are causing a problem.
Do the Secret Service, other important positions use a separate band width to communicate?
I'm pretty sure that SS uses it's own secure channels always. I learned today that even if cells phone channels are all in use, text messages can still be sent. Cool little tidbit ya?
Anyways, My report for the day is as follows.
I went into the district at 8:00AM. Went to the National Archives, and looked at our governing documents. To my bewilderment, I noticed something I've never been told about: There's some weird thing with the 's' and 'f' on the documents.
e.g. - "Congress" was spelled "Congrefs" and the original oath of office read as follows exactly: "I -------- folemly fwear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States of America..."
What going on? I need a better etymologist than I to explain the history behind this. I guess I could just google it, but it would be cooler if someone here just knew the history behind that.
After the National Archives, I went to the newly renovated Smithsonian Museum of American History. Pretty cool. Very crowded. In fact all of the mall was crowded and the event isn't even until tomorrow. The main lawn of the mall has giant jumbotrons and large speakers. This will be good for tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be a high of 31 degrees F and some light snow is predicted (30%).
In general, I think the city is ready for the people. Last night I was in northern DC (near U st & 16th) and it was packed. So many out of towners here. Totally crazy!
One significant downside though. All the people who traveled in are terrible "escalefters." I missed several trains today and yesterday due to people standing still on the left rail (I was overcome with homicidal thoughts...).
I'm planning tomorrow now with my group then I'm off to bed. I'll have my camera with me, and I'll try to get some raw footage up on Youtube at the end of the tomorrow night.