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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Owing to the road closures associated with today’s lighting of the White House Christmas Tree, ol’ Robbo had to take the metro in for the first time in quite a while.


In the end it didn’t prove to be too bad an ordeal, actually, but it got me thinking again about a looming future conundrum:  My office is moving to a new building some time in 2019.  It’s about two miles farther away from home than my present digs, and in a less-desirable section of Your Nation’s Capital.  At this point, I’ve no idea what I’m going to do about the new commute.  Assuming I’ll even have access to a decent parking lot, the extra travel along DC’s downtown streets is going to be a major pain.  On the other hand, getting there by metro would involve changing trains in addition to all the other drawbacks to mass transit, and will be of an equally major pain.

(Well, I do know one thing: When we make the big jump I’m finally going to sign up for our telework option, which would allow me to go in only three days a week instead of five.  I’ve avoided it so far because of all the bureaucratic hoops one has to jump through in terms of set up and terms of use, but I think the move will finally make such jumping worthwhile.)

Speaking of the Metro, I see where the Archdiocese of Washington is taking a slap at it over Metro’s refusal to carry their holiday-season ad campaign.  Apparently, Metro now has guidelines rejecting “advertisements that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice, or belief”.  This is sort of funny, because Ol’ Robbo recalls that in the not-too-distant past, the Militant Atheists would run their own yearly ad campaign in the system round about now.  I expect the current policy is the WMATA’s way of saying “leave us the hell out of all this”.  (I also assume that the Atheists would get turned down if they tried to place such ads this year, too.)



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