Only in Washington

I decided to jump out from the Capitol Fourth a little early so I could go home, get a shower, and get decent for the evening. i drove out 395 south and there was barely a car in sight until I hit the 12th street exit.

And suddenly, as if law was suspended for few minutes, the Interstate had turned into three lanes of parking and one lane of driving. And the cops were right there with everybody. All the way out the 14th street bridge, down 395 until the Route 1/110 exit (where I got off the freeway to head west) was parking.

I saw families with little kids sitting on the roofs of their cars, everyone looking up with the same astonishment. And I realized how much I missed the Fourth of July celebration in Yorktown with my parents and my brother and sister.

No one should have to work on the Fourth of July.

  1. brianH says:

    The same thing happened to me last year, only instead of being nostalgic, I was really annoyed. My friends and I got rained on (unseasonsably cold rain, mind you - not warm summer rain) for the 3 hours we spent on the Mall. We decided to give up on seeing the fireworks around 8:30, and headed for the hills. I was headed over the Key bridge on my way back to VA when the fireworks started going off and the bridge turned into a parking lot.
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    Bah, humbug! (What's the 4th of July equivalent? "God save the Queen?" "We will bury you?")
    <p>
    And did you hear how the 'temporary' cameras they put up on the Mall are gonna magically become permanent cameras? Big Brother loves me, and I loves me some Big Brother! I need to do some <a href="http://www.securityedition.com/" rel="nofollow">shopping</a>. (thanks, memepool.com!)</p></p>

  2. roboboshi says:

    Ah yes. The lovely downpour of 2001. I spent mine walking up Connecticut Avenue to a rooftop party. Needless to say, i felt like I had taken a shower with my clothes on when i got back home.

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