Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Big City, Take 2


Another new thing I'll (probably) get to do in my new job is take public transportation. DC has a great Metro system, and I expect I'll get to read a lot more than I do now.

This photo is of the longest escalator in the world. OK, I don't know if it's ACTUALLY the longest in the world, but it's very, very long. I got winded just walking up it (I suppose I'll get used to that too). 

But what amazes me is the people who run down it. And I mean they hustle down this thing. It kinda freaked me out. I'm surprised I didn't see anyone do a face plant on the way down. And the trains come every 4 or 5 minutes, so really, what's the rush?

9 comments:

Kimmer said...

Be sure and let us know the first time that you run down it, and why. Hopefully it will be a face-plant free event. :)

JafaBrit's Art said...

One of the things I loved when I lived in Maryland is going to DC and taking the metro. I could go all over the place and not worry about parking. I agree though, I don't get the need for people to rush lol!

Mark said...

Hang on... you got winded *walking up* an *escalator*?

If that's the case, you're gonna get really tired running from station to station in the trains...

The Dan Ward said...

@Kim - I think I'll try to avoid the downwards escalator run, but I'll let you know. :)

@Jafa - Look us up if you get out to the DC area!

@Mark - yeah, sad isn't it? I mean, I ran a half-marathon not long ago - I just wasn't expecting that walking up a moving escalator would get me breathing hard. Three words: Longest Escalator In The World.

Mark said...

I guess my point was... it's an escalator, not stairs. Couldn't you just stand there and go up?

The Dan Ward said...

Yeah, that's a good idea too!

Pete said...

I've been on that same escalator multiple times. So I can vouch for it being the longest I've ever seen. This picture doesn't do it justice. If you do decide to stand and not walk, make sure it's to the right because people are running on the left!

Dick Field said...

Yes, I have descended/ascended this a few times also. If someone has vertigo, they should probably not look down when descending.

Former DC denizen urban survival hint: probably best not to ride the Green Line all the way to Anacostia. On the other hand, cheap family outing hint: Ride the Yellow or Blue Line to the King Street station and walk all the way down Old Town's King Street to the Potomac. Walk back to the station or, if the daughters get tired, ride the free trolley.

Phil said...

When I worked at the shiny building, I vowed never to run for a bus or train ... unless I was on my way home for the day!