Walking the Halls

Oct 30 2011

A few quick tips for navigating the people highways in DC – from the Metro tunnels to the Halls of Congress:

  1. Look to the direction you intend to walk, not at the face of the Hill staffer you’re about to run into.
  2. Walk down the middle of the hallways.  People can pop out of doorways in a hurry.
  3. The default behavior should be to let oncoming traffic pass on your left.
  4. Take corners slowly and give a wide margin for others who might be cutting the corners tightly, otherwise you might find yourself wearing someone’s lunch for the rest of the day.
  5. And please, please, please, if you’re going to stand on the escalators, stand on the right.  Though if you find yourself on the right, feel free not to stand too.

Most of all, have patience and have perspective: at least you’re not driving a car in DC rush-hour(s).

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