If you are planning on visiting the Capital Rotunda today there is a way to commemorate your visit.
C-SPAN is showing uninterupted coverage of the tens of thousands of visitors who are passing by the casket of Ronald Reagan, paying tribute to the nation’s 40th president as he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda. As of Thursday morning the wait is 3-4 hours to make it through the line and into the Rotunda.
If you’ve got a TiVo you can set it to record a a six hour block of coverage before you leave, and chances are you’ll have a few seconds of video commemorating your visit to pay your respects. Transfer the TiVo recording off to VHS then you should be able to (assuming you have the equipment) load the video onto a PC and sample just the few minutes you want to save. If you are leaving a family member at home you could call them right before you enter and get them to start recording on either TiVo or a VHS.
The C-SPAN cameras tend to focus in on families and uniformed military saluting, so keep an eye out for them when you’re in line. You may want to get in line directly after them, and it will help later in identifying the right part of the recording to recognize some of the people nearby in line. Check your watch before you enter the big room and use that mark to search through the TiVo time-line.
Who knows, it could make a pretty cool keep sake – especially if you take your kids.