1. Enjoying Our Own City
Sightseers can rejoice: Federally funded museums, monuments and parks are back open for business. Runners can breathe easy, too. Shutdown threats to cancel several local races, including the Marine Corps Marathon, have been averted. The MCM will go on as planned Oct. 27 â just in time for the city to avoid an angry mob with lots of stamina.
2. Food-Truck Lunching
Though some furloughed employees said their time off allowed them to brush up on their home-cooking skills, many are relieved to have someone else do the work again. And the cityâs myriad food trucks were happy to oblige. Eager to feed hungry back-to-workers, they swarmed the downtown streets Thursday.
3. The Routine
The occasional break from routine is nice â thatâs called a vacation. But a constant break? Thatâs not a routine, thatâs a rut, which might explain why so many commuters going back to work Thursday seemed to be so happy. No seat on the Metro? No matter. The ex-furloughed were just happy to have a job to go to again. And get paid for it.
4. Hating Other Things
This tweet just about sums it up: âAwful people at DC parties can no longer ask âhow is the shutdown affecting you?,â will go back to asking âwhere do you work?â â â @timothypmurphy
5. #PandaCam Coffee Breaks
The National Zooâs panda cam returned Thursday to such high demand that the zooâs technology couldnât keep up, resulting in 30 minutes of panda-less darkness on eager viewersâ computer screens, reports The Washington Post’s Michael E. Ruane. No wonder though â this gal has grown a lot! And we donât want to miss another moment.