First, let me clear the air: yes, the title of this post is a play on words of my least favorite Will Smith movie and most favorite Will Smith song. But, more importantly, the title needs some explanation. Over the next week(ish) I will probably have the craziest (wildest, if you will) week and I want to brag. It’s my blog, I could do and say whatever I want so back off. If you’re looking for a more insightful piece (like my past entries) you’re out of luck. You’re not going to find it here. I just want to brag.
When I decided to go to school in the Washington, D.C. area, I knew that through family friends, I would have the opportunity to work the 2008 Presidential Inaugeration on Capitol Hill. It was something that I have been looking forward to for years.
Over the summer, my family decided that we need to go on a family vacation before I enter the real world. We had it planned perfectly: go on vacation, then be back in time for the inauguration.
So my parents made the plans: we would be going to Disney World. I was pretty excited about it. Disney World is great, no matter what age you are. Everyone has grown up with Disney and has a great appreciation for it. My family hadn’t been there since I was in fifth grade (eleven years ago), so I was absolutely looking forward to it.
Unfortunately, our perfect plans hit a little bump in the road yesterday. NBC needed me in Washington by the Thursday before elections, but we weren’t coming home until Friday. This created a major situation. I really wanted to go to Disney, but the inauguration was something I was looking forward to for years now. Furthermore, with the election of Barack Obama, Washington is going to be a zoo and I really wanted to be apart of history. Lastly, I had told everyone I knew (pretty much) that I was working the inaugeration, so it would be quite embarrassing to not end up working it (people may think I was lying/think I was all talk).
So we had quite a connundrum on our hands. I was devastated that I probably couldn’t go. Not even playing Madden on a 50 inch HDTV could cure my woes last night. However, my parents are thinkers. They knew how much I wanted to go. So, today they booked me a flight a day earlier than the rest of the family so I could get back to D.C. and get clearance to work.
I am incredibly grateful to my family for letting me have this amazing opportunity. More importantly, over the next week, I will have an amazing time in Disney and then in D.C.