This is what the A.M. commute looks like on a highway near my house. No, I don't (often) drive this way. Plus, since I go to work at Oh, Dark Thirty every morning, I tend to avoid these kinds of traffic jams. Instead, I usually have the pleasure of witnessing a spectacular sunrise from Room 215 every morning.
Depending on who you're talking to at any given moment, DC has either the first- or the second-worst traffic in the nation. It's hard to believe, sometimes, that we live in such an otherwise spectacularly breathtaking region.
I did, however, get stuck in a little bit of a jam when driving home Friday afternoon. Two days ago, you may recall, the airwaves were abuzz with news of an imminent federal government shutdown, and I heard more than I wanted to know from various pontificators on the all-news radio station.
The DC politicos, however, dodged that particular bullet, with some kind of last-minute deal that nobody~even the parties involved~understands. Which is a darn shame, if you ask me.
Between reducing all the hot air on Capitol Hill and taking all those cars off the road, shutting down the government would be good for the environment, wouldn't it?