02 October 2013

The Shutdown

Mr. Sweetie and I lucked out and aren't financially/personally affected by the government shutdown, but I still think it's ridiculous that the government reached this point, regardless of what side of the line you are in.
Anyway, as a result of the shutdown and fewer people going to work, traffic is much lighter in DC. Also as a result of the shutdown, a number of things are closed, including Hains Point and the road alongside the Mall. I haven't tried riding on Hains since the shutdown, but the barriers along the Mall leave just enough space for a bike to squeeze through. Which means completely car free roads for part of my commute. Yesterday I slalomed my way along the Mall on my way home in the beautiful weather, just because I could.
I hope for the economy's sake and everyone's financial sake that the shutdown ends soon. But these empty roads and quieter streets are a bit of a silver lining in a crummy situation.
Empty street near the USDA.


B.o.B. said...

Ugh sucks on the shut down! Hoping it doesn't effect MCM too much. I'll see your face SO soon!

Caroline said...

The shutdown has felt so strange! The roads are emptier, which was kind of nice, but especially after all the stuff at the Capitol today, it felt eery to bike down an empty Mall. I'm ready for things to go back to normal! Can't WAIT to see you at the end of the month!