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Monday, January 22, 2007

Snow Day Blog

One joy of living in Washington is that an inch of snow causes schools and government offices to call it a day off. So you get to tool around the city as if it were 1965 and there are few cars on the road and you can park wherever you want to downtown.

I love snow days in DC, and took advantage of this one. I declared it a day off for me, as I am self-employed, and picked up a friend for a dastardly voyage. We chose a Belgian cafe on Capitol Hill for our destination, as it was 3pm and on a snow day it felt right to start drinking Belgian ales in the afternoon.

Alas, en route we ran into that thing we DC residents despise most: the protest march, characterized by zillions of idling buses from the hinterland lining the streets and hordes of cattle, I mean people, who seem like they have never been at an intersection before and don't understand red and green. This time it was the anti-abortion zealots, protesting the 34th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

But the weirdest thing for me was seeing so many teenagers, hundreds of them, holding anti-abortion signs and some even dressing up Goth-like to embody the death of fetuses. When I was in high school I was snorting coke and listening to the Sex Pistols. And people who dressed Goth were listening to Echo and the Bunnymen. And I went to Catholic School!

Bush, who never comments on anything, commented on this march, giving his total support.

In the end, the Belgian cafe was closed, as was everything on the Hill, but we found some respite at Logan Tavern, which sells Chimay. But after one beer we retired to my pal's house, as you can no longer smoke in DC bars and the snow day would not have been complete without a ciggie.