It was a happy coincidence that yesterday was not only my birthday, but also was the inauguration day for the new governor of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick. Since it was actually the first one held outside the state house, and open to the public, and the weather was unseasonably warm and precipitation free, I took the day off. It turned out to be a fine day for us to get up early, head a few T stops downtown to brave the crowds, and witness a bit of history.
We got there early enough to get a good spot right at the front of the public area, leaning against the barricades. For a while there was nobody between me and the podium, but then the VIPs and some schoolchildren showed up and filled up the reserved section in front of us. It was a lot of standing, and eventually things got a bit chilly, but witnessing the ceremony was a good thing, the speeches were nice, and the people were friendly. Even the construction workers remodeling the upper floors of a nearby building took some break-time to get up on the roof and peer out the windows for the festivities. Unfortunately, shortly after arriving, I discovered that my camera was hopelessly broken. Nevertheless, I was able to snap a few blurry pictures with my camera phone to provide some record of the day.