It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s….our illustrious president. Yes, that’s right, Barack Obama himself is up there in that helicopter, hovering above Pearl Street in Boulder. This is about as close as I’ll likely ever get to him.

Traffic was a total disaster trying to get to Job #2, since my route takes me right through the CU Campus, which was closed in every direction since that’s where he was speaking. It put me in a foul mood and I’m sure I brought a whole bunch of bad carma (yes, that’s an intentional spelling) on myself.

But oddly enough, his presence brought a very unusual energy to town. Traffic was sparse. People were pulling off the road, or sitting on the curb, just hoping to get a glimpse of the helicopter or the motorcade. Police in patrol cars and unmarked vehicles were everywhere, just keeping a weather eye. It was somehow strangely quiet, as if time had stopped for just a little while. It was pretty cool.

Up above Boulder, Colorado.

Quote of the Day: “We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us, that they may see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even a fiercer life, life because of our quiet.” —  W.B. Yeats

Daily gratitudes:
Pulling the cord to make the Stop Request sign on the bus light up
Sunset over the mountains
New shoes
Picket fences