On his last day in office, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn invited KING 5 into his office for a private moment.
It's a decades old tradition, the signing of the 1928 mayoral desk by each mayor.
"Wes Uhlman, Charles Royer, Norm Rice..." said McGinn.
McGinn signed in with pride.
"The city's coming out of the recession a lot stronger than other cities and we've got a healthy rainy day fund and a balanced budget and we've tried to lay a good foundation for the future," said McGinn.
The future is unconventional for Seattle City Hall. Seattle's gay mayor Ed Murray and Socialist Council Member Kshama Sawant were sworn in privately Tuesday. The public inauguration ceremony will be held on Monday at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Monday's inauguration party had to be moved to City Hall lobby to accomodate all the epxected guests. And the world will be watching. CNN, India Today, Al Jazeera, New York Times, Washington Post and more are expected to show.
In a city where people rarely RSVP, the guest list is topping 600 so far.
Back at the office, McGinn leaves in his desk a best wishes letter for the new mayor.
"You know, I had a little role in making the city a better place and I was glad to be here," said McGinn.