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10 May 2010 @ 08:39 am
A not-at-all theoretical question: traffic and vice presidents  
My work schedule is 8-5, with an hour for lunch.

Former USA Vice President Al Gore is the keynote speaker at commencement this year, on Friday, May 14. The ceremony begins at 8:30, on the far side of campus. This is all publicly known and posted on the university's website.

How early should I plan to be at work to avoid the hassles? I generally figure 30 minutes early on commencement because of the traffic, but for this I also need to consider Secret Service and Alcoa Highway being closed between the airport and the university. Which reminds me that I should probably take Old Knoxville Highway, rather than Alcoa Highway.

< Looks up stuff > Hm. Looks as though VPs receive protection for six months after their terms end, rather than the 10 years for a president, so no Secret Service. Still, local law enforcement may decide that Steps Should Be Taken.

I'm thinking I may want to be at work by about 6:30 or 7. What say you all?
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on May 10th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
I'd agree with no later than 7.
Jim Hetleyjhetley on May 10th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
I know that our local university graduation turns traffic into a colossal mess. Likewise for the U where Younger Son did his post-grad, but you have experience on yours. Even on the latter, we got there a couple of hours early and found the streets pretty much clear.

Doubt if Gore would add much stress to the mix.
just the gurl you wantgirlgoyle on May 10th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
Is this the first year graduation is held on a week day? I know graduation, move in and move out create extreme chaos here in the University town where I work.

Ignoring Al Gore factor in the 100's of additional cars and people converging on the area and parking issues I'd agree with 6:30 or 7.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 10th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
No, it alternates between Friday and Saturday.
fatcookfatcook on May 10th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
No later than 7, 6:30 would probably be your best bet.
hedwig5221hedwig5221 on May 10th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Personally, I think 7 would be plenty early...JMHO...reminds me that I should mention this to daughter.
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on May 11th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
While there may not be large amounts of official security for Gore, there will likely be lots of fans and anti-fans as well as the usual commencement hordes.
Tom the Alien Cattomtac on May 13th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
I think you are right ... if you can't arrange to sleep somewhere in your office for the night, go early, like 6:30. (And I've slept in my office plenty of times.)

If that's an overreaction, it's just that Biden visited this part of the Carolinas about a month ago, and while some stretches of traffic were same-as-usual, others were completely bogged down. Not the same as Gore, as you pointed out, but it still makes me want to tell you "safe-not-sorry".