Yesterday we were sitting here in Market Square in downtown Alexandria when we noticed that there was a horde of teenagers wandering around with ID tags denoting their participation in ssome kind of youth leadership conference. I spoke with several of them, and all of them were rightly appalled at the way the Federal railroad is being run.
Here they are, trying to get an up-close look at the Federal sausage factory, and they can't because they are being turned away at every point. But, as one lad from Tennessee said, in most of the country people are beginning to realize that the no-frills version of Washington D.C. suits them just fine.
Notice how the news stations, when they need to get footage of people bitching about the shutdown, never get footage in Dayton or Terre Haute or Lansing. No, nobody's bitching anywhere except here in the National Capital region.
It's been revealed that the National Park Service people have been instructed to make things as tough as possible for the tourist crowd in D.C., so here they are in Alexandria; where everything is open and there's a mile-wide moat called the Potomac separating us from the idiot hacks and fuckups in Washington.
In closing, we are back to making regular posts. The City of Alexandria has a free WiFi service here in Old Town, just a pleasant stroll down King Street from Poop Central. There are some tables and umbrellas set up in Market Square, and it's quite pleasant. Hey. If you see me, it's okay to wave.