(12/14/14 at 2:41p.m.) Here I go...
Hey there! Just 24 hours before I departed from Memphis International Airport, I received an email from White House Office of Digital Strategy Staff inviting me to attend a White House #WHHolidays Social Meetup on Monday (December 15).
After looking at flights leaving MEM to DCA 24 hours out and seeing the >$1,000 price, I quickly jumped to the place that got me the opportunity in the first place, social media, to help a brother out.
A generous Memphian and philanthropist, Elizabeth Nickelson gifted me her Delta Frequent Flyer miles and I had a little under three hours to get to the airport and board my plane.
A last minute invitation from the White House is what makes these social events so fascinating. One minute you're unpacking after a long move into a new neighborhood and the next minute your scrambling change around your house and heading to the nearest Kroger to have some spending money between frolicking throughout the White House with their Office of Digital Strategy.
If i've learned anything this far about life, it's to expect the unexpected.
I thank social media for allowing me a platform to be myself, share what I love, argue about what I don't, and make a living each and every day.
As I begin to board the plane, I remember a dangerously cold February day in 2014 when I was first invited to the White House to tweet alongside their staff for the French Arrival Ceremony. We stood on the South Lawn in frigid cold temperatures and the tears flowing from my eyes froze to my face.
This time, it'll be a bit warmer. I'll know where to navigate, and I will expect Barrack Obama M&M's for when I arrive.
Phew, here I go. And I'm excited to share this experience with you. Stay here for updates, follow me on Twitter at @andrewjpg, or Instagram at @andrewjpg.
In the meantime, read about my first journey to the White House here.
To God be the glory,