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Walking the Halls

Oct 30 2011 Published by under Hill Top-tips

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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Metal Detectors

Oct 10 2011 Published by under Hill Top-tips

Through various trials, errors, and suggestions by the Capitol Police, I have learned a few helpful tips in navigating through the Hill’s various metal detectors.  For those who would rather learn from my experience instead of their own, here’s a short list:

  1. Walk straight through the detector, without hesitation or hanging out in it (as cool as it might be), and modest belts and watches will not set off the buzzer.  If yours does, wear a belt with less metal next time.
  2. Coats go on the x-ray belt, suit jackets do not.
  3. If you use one of the plastic dishes for small items, put it back where you got it once it’s gone through.
  4. Consider putting small items (wallet, phone, etc) in your bag or briefcase before you arrive at the security point.  This is especially helpful if you are waiting in a long queue.
  5. If you lost your wallet, check with the most recent security point you passed through.

(Subject to additions and modifications.)



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