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How the Government Shutdown Is Fueling Road Rage

Surprise! We're going to close some roads and bike paths!

Becky Graebner


October 2, 2013 - 1:00 pm
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I’ve been getting a lot of emails from family and friends who live in other parts of the country: How is D.C. now that everything is shut down?”

Well, to me, who walks to work and stays primarily around the neighborhood, it all seems pretty normal.  However, this can’t be said for the bike and car commuters. (I feel ya, guys.)

I played the road-warrior role for a year, driving from my home in Alexandria, VA, to Washington, D.C. (and back) each day.  The commute can be brutal. Everyone is mad, the roads are clogged, vacationers are frantically changing lanes (sometimes into your car), and horns are constantly honking. In a nutshell, it’s bad even on a “good day.”

The government shutdown has managed to make the trek in/out of D.C. even worse than usual—and I extend my sincerest condolences to you road-warriors out there.

**Note: I think all D.C. drivers should read this WikiHow article on how to stay calm during road rage. Hey, it can’t hurt…

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Yeah, Barry's closing trails. Because, you know, trails are so time- and money-intensive for the gub'mint to maintain.

It's time for some civil disobedience on a grand and national scale. I'm getting sick of this. We're rapidly turning into the Soviet Union.
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