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I probably have one of the easiest commutes ever. A pleasant 15 minute walk to Union Station, then the red line to Takoma metro station, then two blocks to the office. Since I'm going in the opposite direction (ie away from town) there are few people on the metro, and, as a bonus, most of the trip is above ground so I actually get to enjoy some scenery.

But the part I relish the most is that since I face the oncoming crowds of hoi polloi I get to enjoy the full spectrum of Washington DC fashion. Of course, it's hard to judge when you don't know what exactly people do for a living that they can stroll out in a pair of baggy sweats and flip-flips at 8am, but presumably the majority work in professional environments given that Union Station is next to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Thurgood Marshall building of the Department of Justice, quite a few buildings on the Hill, and not to mention private sector entities like CNN. Once in awhile there are some fashion treats - one lady for example in an orchid-colored linen suit with a short sleeve jacket - and some real fashion nightmares, including quite a few people who managed to squeeze their double-digit selves into single-digit outfits. I know how hard it is to dress well in such hot conditions. I'm sure the fashion police would go after me too. But at least I can restrain myself from wearing pantalons de jogging to work.
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On July 18th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
Sounds like fun! I have a boring 10 min. busride, but I can't complain about the commute. The other day though, I was thinking about how much I look out the window in other cities. Here, there's not a lot going on so I usually am reading a book instead.
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On July 18th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I usually bring along a book but I've realized that the commute is the only time I have to completely zone out.
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On July 18th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC), clynne replied:
I realized a while ago that I always look out the window in cities that aren't where I live ... so one day I walked about two miles from the train to work and found out there was way more going on than I had thought.
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On July 18th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I should try that - just not during the summer!
On July 18th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC), clynne replied:
Especially not in sweatpants in the summer!
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