The Big Plan Worked Because Everyone Pitched In

By Dr. Gridlock
Sunday, January 25, 2009; Page C02

In old age, Mark Twain said he had known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.

Many readers and I obsessed for two months about the likely difficulties of getting around on Inauguration Day. Yet when the time came, we did pretty well.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

My wife, Teri, who e-mailed you, decided to stay home and watch the inauguration on TV. However, my 13-year-old son and I made the trek, and it worked out great.

We live near the White Flint Metro. But we decided that it would probably be best to move up a few stops to get an emptier train, so we went to the Rockville station about 6:45 a.m. We didn't know what to expect. Before we left, TV had said the New Carrollton station already had a very large backup.

But surprisingly, the Rockville station wasn't very crowded. We were able to easily get a seat. And going to Rockville wound up being a good decision, because by the time the train hit White Flint, it was packed and people were pushing to get aboard.

We got off at Farragut North as you suggested, which was a great idea. There were lots of people already on the streets, and we had a very nice leisurely walk to the Lincoln Memorial. It was a beautiful morning, and people were smiling everywhere you looked.

Afterward, we walked back toward Farragut North and were prepared, as you said, to have to go all the way to Dupont Circle. However, the station wasn't that crowded. The train also was surprisingly empty and we were easily able to get a seat.

So everything worked out great. It was a beautiful day and wonderful watching and listening. And my son has memories which I'm pretty sure will last him a very long time.

-- David Levine Montgomery County

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