This morning I took the Orange line train of the DC Metro system to work. It was not as busy as usual, perhaps because Fridays tend to be days when some of the city workers have already completed their assigned hours by working a compressed work schedule.
Aside: One thing I tend to notice while riding the rails is that you can often get some clues about your location by the nature of the ads that are displayed. For example, I often ride short trips on the Yellow and Green lines to stations like Crystal City, Pentagon City, Pentagon, and the Navy Yard. The ads in those stations tend to be for companies like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, EADS, and Panasonic (Toughbooks). End Aside.
As the train pulled into Capitol South, one of the two or three stations frequented by Hill staffers and lobbyists, I noticed that the station was festooned with enough display signs and banners to decorate a big tent during one of the old time revivals that some of my relatives invited me to attend when I was a kid. I was so impressed with the effort to reach people who are employed in the business of writing legislation – particular energy and climate legislation at this point in the calendar – that I stepped off the train to take some photos. Since it was early, there were few people in the station to wonder what the heck I was doing.