Ah, the signs of Spring in Washington:
- Cherry blossoms
- Tourons* by the busload, clogging up Metro escalators and everything downtown.
Typical scenario: rush hour, people hustling to catch the train to get to work on time. Washingtonians standing right, walking briskly down the left side of the escalator. All of a sudden, the walkers come to a screeching halt. A family of tourons blocking both sides, looking around, takign pictures of the Walt Whitman inscription from the Dupont Circle Metro.
Washingtonian: Excuse me (polite but to the point, screaming in his mind: stand on the right, walk on the left!!!)
Touron: No response
Washingtonian: Excuse me!!!
Touron: turns around slowly, surprised someone has accosted him. What’s going on?
Washingtonian: Excuse me (motioning to the right). Can I get by?
Touron: (indignant, confused, finally shuffling over) Well, I guess he’s in a hurry.
Yes, it’s called work. Respect the city and its residents.
* touron = tourist + moron