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Inauguration Mess -- I'm Skipping Town!

Inauguration 2009Inauguration Week is less than 2 weeks away.  For people who supported Barack Obama, January 20th will bring exhiliration, excitement and optimism.  For those who voted for McCain/Palin, this month's Inauguration will likely bring about different feelings. 


For anyone who lives in the D.C. area, one thing is for certain, Inauguration Week will bring frustration, confusion, and traffic jams!


Top and center, today's Washington Times reported that for security measures, the Secret Service made the unprecedented announcement that they will shut down all bridges crossing from Virginia into the District of Columbia and establish a "security perimeter that closes or limits vehicular access on 100 city streets."


In addition, on Inauguration Day, "only authorized vehicles will be permitted to travel north on Interstate 395 and east on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway."


With the expectations of millions of people coming to town for the celebrations, this will make everyday life, travel, and commuting difficult.  For those of us who sell real estate within the Capital Beltway (that's me) this will be impossible.



Sunny Puerto Vallarta


So, what's the solution?  Personally, I'm skipping town.  This is the perfect time for a vacation to somewhere warm.  So I'm heading down for a week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico -- away from the cold and away from the traffic.

Don't worry.  Before I leave next Friday and after I return on the 23rd of January, I'll be around to help you with all of your real estate needs in Northern Virginia or D.C.

If you want to skip town too, check out and see if you can find any travel deals.


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Comment balloon 15 commentsBrian Block • January 08 2009 08:09AM


Hi Brian!  Well, I was going to say that you and your family should come to Charlotte for a visit--but, then I believe I'd head out to Puerto Vallarta JUST for the weather about now!  Have a great trip--you can watch it all on TV if you'd like, missing the traffic mess in DC!

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 9 years ago

Are you going to rent out your place while gone? I heard it would be worth hundreds of dollars to find a room in DC during Inauguration Week.. that could pay for your trip to Puerto Vallarta!  Be sure to pack the sunscreen and enjoy it!

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) over 9 years ago

Was wondering the same thing Gail.  I thought about going up there for the inauguration, have never been to one before. Has anyone here been to one, and is it better in person?

Posted by Brian Griffis (Realty Choice) over 9 years ago

I would consider skipping town as well.  But I do have my Oprah tickets :-) so I'm going to brave going into town on Monday and then find a nice warm place to be to watch the festivities on Tuesday.  I can't even begin to imagine the mess that closing all of the bridges into town is going to cause.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

GAIL & BRIAN:  Actually I checked today and there are over 1000 advertisements on Craigslist for Inauguration Week rentals -- some as far as an hour from the city.  It's crazy -- people think that they 're going to hit the lottery renting out their homes.  Personally, I don't feel comfortable with strangers staying in my home, especially with the bars open to 5 a.m.!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 9 years ago


I think that's a great idea!!! Enjoy!!! We'll keep the light on for you!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Wow, Puerto Vallarto in January...Good for you Brian! Got any room for two stow aways in your suitcase? :)

Posted by AMBER NOBLE GARLAND - Top Real Estate Expert, Property Tax Appeal Specialist & Author, - The Agent You Can Trust To Deliver REAL Results! (Strategic Marketing Expert & Relocation Specialist Serving New Jersey and nationwide!) over 9 years ago

Great time of year to go to Puerta Vallarta. I don't blame you, I got out of town 4 years ago for the Republican convention and that was probably nothing compared to inauguration week in DC.

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (The Corcoran Group) over 9 years ago

I'd like to know how people who work in Washington will get there - cooks, waiters, and waitresses who are supposed to serve meals to the masses.  Hospital workers?  What about people who had previously schedued airline flights out of Reagan or Dulles and have to get there from MD - they'll be caught up in this mess.  What about   How will hospital personnel get to work at Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown, Children's Hospital?  And transportation workers who are supposed to move the people who do get into town?  This kind of paralysis was never required for a previous inauguration, why this one?  I have news for the planners - somehow life went on in spite of past inaugurations, with a little expected inconvenience.  One more reason to be disgusted from Day 1...

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Oh my dear!  I brought you up wrong!  You are a Republican who reads the Washington Times - OK, they do have a great home section!  I actually volunteered.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Brian, we are right behind you!  Not heading anywhere nearly as exciting as Puerto Vallarta, just down to our beach house on the Outer Banks, but as long as I am away from the insanity, it works for me. 

Have a wonderful trip!!! 

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 9 years ago

Yes I will be there for history in the making. The first Bi-Racially elected official in the history of our great nation.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 9 years ago

Sounds like a great response to the situation, Brian.  Get a tan!

Posted by Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

You and me both!!!  I was actually looking at Hotel rooms in New York city that weekend - You can find a place there for less than 1/2 what you would pay here!

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 9 years ago

Brian, you chose wisely- we've been told Route 29 North is going to be a mess for the next few days. Make sure you check out Sayulita, it's a great little surfing town 1/2 hour from Nuevo Vallarta!

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) over 9 years ago