As a reminder of JIST's quirky past, we still have possession of a popcorn machine that the founder bought for the company several years ago. They would pop corn every Friday for the employees (but I was telecommuting on Fridays from 2004 to 2007, so I missed out on the popcorn machine's heyday).
But now, this moment, I am smelling popcorn again. For a moment, it reminded me of my elementary school days. Tuesday was always "popcorn day." For 15 cents, you could get a brown bag of buttery goodness, and the proceeds went to the PTA. We'd be sitting in class and that heavenly smell would come wafting in and distract us from our textbooks.
But this Tuesday is something bigger than a mere popcorn day. It's the day we inaugurate our 44th president. In less than an hour, the dream is a reality. And we'll be sitting here eating popcorn as we watch the swearing in from the conference room. Yeah, America!