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© Richard Knight
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[Linda and Friend at the Pancake Pantry, Nashville, Tennessee; Route 66, Seligman, Arizona]

We enjoy attending the presidential inauguration ceremonies, but we have come to expect better accommodations than what you see here. This will be the last time we ask the Democratic National Committee to make our reservations! LOL

Personal Note: I marched in the 1969 presidential inauguration (Nixon) as a member of the VMI Corps of Cadets. I also attended the 1965 (Johnson), 1989 (Bush 41), and 2001 (Bush 43) presidential inaugurations. Why is it always bitterly cold on Inauguration Day?

Perhaps it was because I was an impressionable high school kid but, looking back, I remember the 1965 inauguration parade as the best of all. The Nation’s mourning over the untimely death of President Kennedy was over, and we had not yet fully committed to Viet Nam (although the 1st Marine Division waded onshore at Da Nang that same month). It was a time to celebrate.

The vast crowd that assembled at the Capitol for the 1965 Inauguration was wild with enthusiasm. So were those marching in the parade. The Native Americans looked magnificent. They were bedecked in buckskins and war bonnets, and they were justifiably proud as they rode their handsome ponies up Pennsylvania Avenue.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year!

32 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    Happy New Year...Interesting narrative and images!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    OMG! i hope this isn't going to be the type of accommodations at the next jpg event!!!!!

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    Happy New Year . very interesting to read about

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    What a great shot----I can just see him behind the counter confirming my reservations!! You always post the most wonderful narratives to go along with your photos. I would love to travel the length of Route 66 with you, just to get the backstory behind every single landmark!!! What an amazing time you've had! That photo of Linda and what's his name is really sweet! :~) A very Happy New Year to you too!~!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    Always nice to read the narratives!!! Always interesting! Great photos too!!!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    Some people have great connections and unparalled life experiences!! Awesome

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    I think you and I both have lived a little history. I remember as a child standing on the platform at Alexandria, VA as FDR's funeral train passed. Those two big Southern Ry green steam engines displaying black flags will always be in my memory.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    You have had some wonderful experiences Richard. So glad that you share them with us! Love the narrative and the neat find. Hope that 2013 is the best year ever for you and your family! .

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (17 Jan 2013):

    Rock on through the New Year!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (17 Jan 2013):

    Nostalgic. Mitt Romney wanted to be president so badly, he looked as if he hadn't slept for days after losing the election.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Jan 2013):

    Great work Dick, you certainly keep us educated my friend. Thank you for sharing your many, precious and interesting memories with us. May 2013 bring you and your family nothing but the best!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (17 Jan 2013):

    Happy New Year, my friend!!! Excellent shot and story!!!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Stages of life unforgettable enviable your resume, you always manage to surprise us. Best wishes for a Happy New Year to you and Linda, I'm glad to hear from you among us.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    So interesting to read your narrative, always such a great addition to your fine images, Richard !

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Wonderful shot and narrative, as always Dick. I have been wondering what he was doing now since he wasn't hired for the last job he applied for. May you and yours have a grand 2013!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (19 Jan 2013):

    That motel certainly has seen better days, Rich. But what a story! You have experienced such a lot in your short life my friend. Remember Kennedy's last day vividly....tragic. Lovely photo of Linda!

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    Excellent image... Great story, Richard!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (20 Jan 2013):

    You have lived among the politicians and had many experiences in your travels.

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler gave props (20 Jan 2013):

    Great story, makes you old as dirt you know.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon said (21 Jan 2013):

    So that`s where you`ve been hanging out, Richard! I`m shocked..lol!! Love the narrative and interesting history together with two very cool images! Just watched today`s inauguration ceremonies, always so interesting and enjoyable to view.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (22 Jan 2013):

    Without sounding redundant, your narratives are captivating as our your images and thought that is placed on each one. Nice to see you posting. Happy New Year.

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (22 Jan 2013):

    you make all your pictures so interesting !!!!! love to read about those adventures

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (22 Jan 2013):

    But you do get U-Haul and truck parking in he rear. That's got to be worth something. Right?

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (22 Jan 2013):

    Funny and well done, but how many shopping days are left. Please enjoy the new year.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (24 Jan 2013):

    So good to have you back, and what a comeback. LOL. As always, love your narrative.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (25 Jan 2013):

    Richard, thanks for the interesting narrative and image. I like that it's okay to have pets at the Romney Motel. I've traveled with pets and it can be difficult to find a suitable place to stay.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (26 Jan 2013):

    lol!!!! great find ....

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (29 Jan 2013):

    You are so funny, Richard!! I agree with Shirley....this is really a great find!!! :)

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (3 Feb 2013):

    It looks a lot like The Fishnet Motel, which was recently razed. The sign is still there. This must be the poorer side of the Romney family who owns this one. Loved reading about your great Inauguration Days.

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (4 Feb 2013):

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL picture. well spotted and captured Love the link

  • Joe Dunckel

    Joe Dunckel   gave props (18 Mar 2013):

    Great Shot. Glad I'm a Democrat!

  • Maggie Posh

    Maggie Posh (Deleted) said (8 Jun 2013):

    I do like shots like this, Because here in Europe, we only see places like this in the Movies, ..!

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