Like so many, I'm totally fascinated by the energy around Obama and the inauguration tomorrow. I only vaguely remember the energy around Clinton in 1992 -- I was a sophomore in high school and more focused on how much I hated the school  I was attending. That said, I don't think Clinton's inauguration matched Obama fever 2009. Clinton, and certainly Bush, didn't have cupcakes.
Critics mock Obama's rock star status. I like to think that people looking up and idolizing our president-elect seems like a novel change. And if a photo of our president-elect painting a wall in a homeless teen shelter can inspire people -- including myself  -- to get out of the house and do something good, that rocks.
This morning, I (1) saw the picture (2) looked online for places to volunteer with baby in tow (3) found a friend to go with me (4) volunteered for a couple hours at a Mori Point. We planted native plants in an effort to rebuild the habitat after quarrying and off-road vehicle use.