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Our office building connects to Union Station, Washington's main RR station. Like most large modern stations, it's like a shopping mall inside, with restaurants and shops, so I usually go there to buy lunch and (before that) to walk rapidly around the ground and upper levels, so that I get a little exercise break.

It's Cherry Blossom Festival, so the place is crawling with tour group mobs, many of them older school children (middle school on up). And their chaperones have enough on their minds that they simply can't seem to keep their mobs from blocking the corridors ... it makes walking more toilsome than it oughter be ...

And of course it's that matzoh time of year again ... when everything's a little more cardboard-y ... .

So all in all, your humble correspondent feels a tendency to bitch-bitch-bitch. > slaps self < Snap out of it!

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meganbmoore
Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
cherry blossom festival...makes me think of sakura trees and people in kimonos and guys with swords...

but yeah, it sucks when hordes of young ones invade your peaceful routine. *hated when they invaded her college...couldn't get anywhere...only times i half considered eatingthe school food, though*
chomiji
Apr. 4th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)

Oh we have sakura, tons of them. They're very pretty - not just around the famous downtown landmarks, but in the neighborhoods and at less-known landmarks (this is Dumbarton Oaks). Washington is a gorgeous place in the spring. And there are always some Japanese cultural events at the main festival downtown.

I don't mind the schoolkids, but I wish all the visitors would remember that other people in these locations aren't necessarily chillin' on vacation ... we need to get to and from our offices and doctors' appointments and so on.

They're probably just blinded by the grandiosity that is Union Station - it's kind of mind-blowing when you see the main interior for the first time.

(Anonymous)
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Cherry Blossoms
For some reason I thought your new location (the place that was planned to have the giant glass roof in the courtyard, right? Did they ever build that?) was in Virginia.

The Metro has been a nightmare the last few days!

TK
chomiji
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Cherry Blossoms

TK, hello! > HUG! <

No, I might have had to quit if we'd moved to NoVA, unless Metro connections were really great. I had several years of that in the 1990s and nearly quit. The building does have a huge glass roof over the entrance atrium on the south end (let's see ... here). And two courtyards between wings extended out from the east side, with nice plantings and fountains.

Fortunately most of the general Metro suckiness hasn't been on my line when I've needed to ride, but I get those automated Metro e-mail status updates, and they just keep in coming, blip blip blip ... .

chomiji
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Cherry Blossoms
(Anonymous)
Apr. 5th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Cherry Blossoms
Ohh, I was thinking of another building, an older one that they were going to build this giant curvy glass roof over the courtyard of.

I get those updates too! Often not all that informative, though I thik they are getting slightly better about fessing up (e.g., 'sick passenger' or 'smoke in tunnel' rather than 'incident'.)
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