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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…