So, if you’re keeping score, that’s Shawshank Redemption crossed with National Geographic... which sounds kind of like how you spent one of those winter nights at home. But fear not, in this case it’s much better.
All the pent-up aggression from spending the past three months inside gets released at once. In the blink of an eye everyone goes from being homebodies to hanging out on the waterfront, taking in a Nats game or having brunch.
But then the Cherry Blossom Festival rolls around, and all that goodwill spring has built up goes right out the door.
It’s not that the cherry blossoms aren’t beautiful. They are! I’m not some curmudgeonly monster.
But what isn’t beautiful is a month straight of the Metro essentially shutting down. Trying to get further Downtown than Farragut is useless. Those videos of commuters in Beijing fighting each other to get onto a subway? They have nothing on the Metro around the Cherry Blossom Festival.