It's not as if we all haven't known since the September primaries that come Jan. 2, Althea Garrison would replace Ayanna Pressley on the City Council.
And yet, as one roving UHub photographer discovered today, it seemed like a huge surprise at City Hall. He reports Garrison, her new chief of staff and some friends made their way up to the fifth floor at 12:30 p.m. - as somebody at City Hall told them to - only:
When she got there she was told her swearing in was put off a week, her office was locked and was not ready for her and still had Ayanna Pressley's name on it.
At least Councilor Ed Flynn (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Downtown), who happened to be there, welcomed her and offered her any help she needed.