Last night we had every intention of going to the rally on the Mall today along with the manservant’s brother and his 3 kids and a couple of friends. Everything started to come undone this morning.
The manservant came down with some nasty flu bug during the night; then his brother called to say he was not coming to town as one of the kids was sick. Then I got a text message from our friends to say that they’d gone to their metro station and could not get on a train so were going home to watch all the hoopla on TV.
Not one to be so easily put off I decided to go alone (and, isn’t alone the usual way to go insane). At my metro station I discovered that I’d just missed one train and a 7 months pregnant girl on the platform told me that she’d let 2 trains go past because they were overflowing (poor thing was just trying to get to work!).
The board showed the next train was 12 minutes ….. PA announcements were continually being made about overcrowded platforms and imploring people to please start back from the edge!
About 3 or 4 minutes before our train was due one going in the opposite direction pulled into the station and a zillion people got out and crossed to our platform. Obviously things were tougher down the line so they hoped that by going in the opposite direction they’d have a better chance of getting on a train up the line.
Then with less than 2 minutes to the train a PA announcement was made that the Archives Navy Memorial Station, where I was getting off, was closed due to a “suspicious package”!
I started an internal debate asking how much did I really want to do this; a debate that was still going on as the train pulled in and I squished inside; the only thing holding everyone in place was the pressure from all sides of other bodies. The driver announced that the train would not be stopping at Archives …. – ‘though I could get off at a station further from the Mall and walk I started thinking about all these people also needing to get home after the rally and the whole afternoon started to look a lot less fun.
A quick look inside a new shop/museum (fun!) :
And, a cinnamon bun for tomorrow morning’s coffee:
So this was as close to the National Mall that I got today: