This morning has been crazy. I walked to work on the Whitehurst Freeway(!) from Rosslyn with a woman who is apparently my neighbor and who got smushed onto the same overflowing shuttle bus to Rosslyn with me, so now we are friends.
I didn't get anywhere near the Mall, as I was assigned, but the crowds have been pretty calm, and everyone has been extremely nice, especially given my nonexistent chatting up strangers skills. Reporting pretty much failed, but I had fun.
Now I have to figure out a way to get home. According to their website, Metro is running normally but anyone can look out the window and see that that is a huge, huge lie. Presumably I will be walking at least two of the four miles home. But my favorite part of all this ruckus is that downtown is almost completely empty of cars (and still people stay on the sidewalks--such rule-abiders!). I suppose I can walk home if I can have a day of car-free utopia for it.