Everyone who lives in Washington DC knows it’s a bit of a strange place. It’s not a state but not quite a city. Some of the biggest decisions in the country are made here. The Metro system is pretty confusing. Basically there is a lot to be confused by here and you might never know what to expect but every true local has had these 10 bizarre Washington DC experiences at least once.
Used “I got stuck behind a motorcade” as a legitimate excuse for being late
No one gets excited that it might be the President. Most DC locals think “Ugh, this is going to take forever”
Explain to someone what “taxation without representation” means.
The Founding Fathers thought that if the capital was a state, then members of the government would favor it and that voting members of DC would be able to “insult” or “interrupt” the government. In the end, we don’t have voting representation in Congress.
Stayed at brunch so long it became dinner.
The brunch specials last all day and then happy hour starts. It’s fine, just switch from a Bloody Mary to a vodka tonic.
You have had secret service staked out on your street.
Your neighbor is high up in the government and you always wonder what their secret service agents do all day in their cars.
Woken up insanely early to check the OPM website to see if you have a snow day.
They never close the government until the morning of because DC meteorologist are notoriously wrong with their forecast.
It’s taken you 45 minutes to go 2 miles.
Whether you’re driving, taking the bus or on the Metro (probably the red line), you will get stuck in traffic and have it take forever. Blame it on the motorcade.
You have walked by someone protesting something.
You don’t even stop to read the signs that much anymore.
You’ve managed to spend an entire weekend doing only free things.
First Screen on the Green, then a free concert at Millennium Stage, then free festivals on the Mall. Who pays for activities anymore?
Experienced 90 degree heat one day and woke up to 40 degree weather the next.
DC weather will never make any sense. It’s also the worst.
Been secretly suspicious that one of your friends is a spy for the CIA.
Why do they go into work in the middle of the night? Why are they always out of town on business? What does someone who work for the “state department” do?