Once, I learned from WETA/PBS that one of the best views of DC is from the Netherlands Carillon at dawn. Since I don't live so far away, this seemed like something that belonged on my to-do list...but since I like to wake up at after dawn (this is actually my main criteria - I can't seem to sleep in, either) it seemed like a distant goal. The same with the Inauguration - not only would this necessitate my waking up early, I would have to face my mortal enemies, Cold and Crowd.
However, after hearing for weeks about history being made right there under my nose, I reminded myself of the impossible things that happen every day (the strength of insects!) and made it out the door.