Under glorious sunny skies with temperatures heading for a spring-like 73 degrees, yesterday became a time for raking leaves, washing the car or having a yard sale for most city residents accustomed to ignoring the tourists, even when they included the British royal couple and the Dallas Cowboys.
While a tiny minority of the Washington social set grappled for invitations to events with the couple, many D.C. residents treated the day as a typical sunny Sunday.
Across the city, Washington residents seem to agree with the nation about Prince Charles and Princess Diana: They don't care. A Washington Post-ABC nationwide poll found that 67 percent of those interviewed held no opinion on the prince and 58 percent felt the same about his wife.
The Cowboys, who were visiting RFK Stadium for their meeting with the Redskins, fared slightly better. Some of the warm-weather enthusiasts allowed that they might go inside later to watch the televised game.
Michelle Dompierre, a Dupont Circle resident, chose the weekend to "house-clear" and have a yard sale.
"I'm not at all interested in seeing the prince and princess," said the loan officer of an international organization while organizing her sale items collected in at least 10 nations.
"What would be involved to go and try to get a glimpse of them?" she asked. "It's not worth the effort. I cannot get into that role. I have my personal life to attend to."
At Fort Totten Park in Northeast, Debra Harris celebrated her 26th birthday with her friend Naomi Smith, who is 24.
"Lady Di does not impress me," said Harris with a derisive laugh. "It never crossed my mind to go to see her."
Smith was equally unimpressed. "What has she ever done that I should want to see her?" Smith asked. "All she did was get married."
The dean of the Corcoran Art School, Bill Garrett, had an unwanted brush with the couple on Saturday -- he had trouble reaching the gallery, a block from the White House, because of the streets being closed for the royal visit.
Yesterday he stayed at his home in the Chevy Chase section of upper Northwest and washed the family VW bus.
"I can think of no reason to stand in line for 30 minutes to get a look at somebody from 100 feet away, when I can, if I choose, see them on TV from six feet away," he said.
As for the game, "I'll just catch the highlights on the late news," he said. "That way I get it all in three minutes."
Meanwhile. Mickey Matesick, the chief staff counsel at the U.S. Court of Appeals, spent the day clearing leaves and pine needles from the yard and driveway of her Barnaby Woods home in Northwest. Her two small children helped by playing in the multicolored piles as she created them.
"Jessica said she wanted to see the princess, but I decided that it wasn't practical today," Matesick said. "If I didn't rake these leaves up, I will lose my grass."
Jessica decided the visit was no big deal after she saw a picture of Diana at the White House and the princess was not wearing a crown, Matesick said.
Dr. Edward Mosley, with his 1-year-old daughter Ever draped across his lap and his 10-week-old German shepherd puppy Sheba playing at his feet, spent the early afternoon sunning in Logan Circle near downtown.
"Days like this are sacred, special and just perfect," said Mosley, who lives nearby. "This may be the last nice weekend for a long time. They royal couple doesn't impress me. I enjoy being right here at home."