We all just crowded around someone’s monitor and watched the procession around 10am-1pm. I flittered between doing my work and looking over my co-worker’s shoulder.

I like the speech and I was wowed by how many people showed up. Another co-worker was somewhere there amongst the craziness… infecting people with her cold. How lovely. But really, it must have been amazing to be there in that moment.

I have been feeling good. Tired, but good. However, some time in the evening today, I realized that I’ve let these paranoid antisocial feelings crawl back up again. I think it’s the winter days and the fact that I don’t see the sun during the weekdays except for the small walk to and from the train station every morning. Otherwise, I get off around 6pm-7pm and it’s dark.

I remember now how much the daily drudge of the subway commuting and losing most of my day sucks. Of course the grass is always greener. Ideally I would be able to feel productive while still getting out at a decent hour around 4pm and 5pm. I think people need days like that during the winter.

Not like that is going to happen any time soon, though.

Surprisingly the iPhone is keep my spirits up. I wasn’t one to get attached to a phone (maybe a camera, but never a phone in the past), but I feel that I would completely feel handicapped if I was ever to lose it.

3 Thoughts on “Today at work…

  1. I can’t still see an over-attachment to an iPhone being a good event… I guess it’s better than sniffing coke all day long, while selling your body for some crack money.

    Msnbc did a nice preview of the inauguration where they mentioned that Obama has yet to come up with his defining line in the history of presidential speeches.

    Has he caught you with one? So far, I’ve only heard a bunch of safe cliches. I’m a strong Obamaskeptic, hoping the American political machine will still manage to recover soon.

  2. I don’t think it is a matter of Obama being the superman he is portrayed to be. He is a human being and a politician. The point is that he inspires a sense of hope in people. Not to be cliche, but I think a sense of optimism in the future can greatly help the US reputation internally and externally (overseas). I also think that this might be a good window to slow change.

    I think Clinton would have been a good choice (although not an ideal Cinderella inspiration story like Obama), too. I initially supported her.

    Either way, let’s get real and practical. He’s still part of the democratic party.

  3. I wonder if he’s impression of “hope” will last.

    He’s naturally been cautious in warning the nation that the reparation will take time. We’ll have to wait and see, of course. But in the end, we’ll find out whether he really made a difference in the healing process, without giving up on the principles that distinguished him from the Republicans.

    Then the other question is, yes, he is part of the democratic party, but can he be a true leading force within that party, as opposed to being a compromise between the Clintonians and the populist non-Clintonians.

    We have seen that he’s acquiesced to much of the Clintonian demands or formula. The key will be whether he can eventually fire or nullify Hillary Clinton.

    On one hand, we just want the American economy to recover, regardless of who is president. On the other hand, I’d prefer if the Democratic party could come up with a new leadership, a new concept of American politics, beyond the impressionism of Clintonian compromise.

    And finally, I wonder whether America will fully come to terms with the reality of Bush politics. He/His administration did avoid a war against North Korea and Iran, and did prevent another terror attack on US mainland. Many have argued that 911 was an outcome of Clinton sacrificing military spending, ambitious intelligence projects to give impression of a better economy, that may have boomed largely thanks to republican technological incentives.

    And there must be something to the fact that the American bureaucracy let the subprime problem grow. A mixture of Clintonian populist loan policies, and the liberal financial temper seems to have been the cause. But apparently this was noticed. Why couldn’t it have been stopped? And why is Mussharaf out, and Pakistan left to stray further out of control? And we have Obama wanting to send more troops to an Afghan war, that is more complicated, and just as dirty as the Iraq War. Somehow a bunch of American liberals think that makes sense.

    Perplexing, and intriguing. A good drama!

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