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Beltway Traffic and Spanish Language Reporters

My walk to the team handball venue revealed four important facts: One should never walk to the team handball venue or any other venues for fear of death by smog, there are tens of thousands of fireworks shells parked all around us, the Spanish language media has a different approach to journalism than many of the rest of us (see above, and there were LOTS of people who took this picture), and outer loop Beltway traffic at 5:30 is miserable around the globe (see below).

(For point of reference, this photo was taken right around the top of the Fourth Ring Road, headed West. So think about the stretch of our outer loop at 16th Street Georgia Avenue, heading towards 270, approximately.)

Anyhow, I think traffic woes can unite the world every bit as much as Olympic peace harmony and brotherhood. Virtually none of us normal people have ever experienced life as an elite pentathlete or judoka, but sitting in that mess of mechanized metal makes you want to poke your eyeballs out with a javelin, whether you're Chinese, American or Azerbaijani.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 7, 2008; 6:29 PM ET
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"the Spanish language media has a different approach to journalism than many of the rest of us"

I thought the Chinese also had their reporters on a tight leash.

Posted by: VicD | August 7, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Is there someone there covering the Olympics dressed in a giant bumblee suit?

Posted by: odessasteps | August 7, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

You mean Georgia Avenue, not 16th Street. Unless there's a 16th Street somewhere in Virginia of which I am unaware.

Posted by: Lindemann | August 7, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank you. I represent Silver Spring.

Posted by: Lindemann | August 7, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

You're proud of representing Silver Spring?

Posted by: JDP | August 8, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

It's better than being you!

Posted by: Lindemann | August 8, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Dan, did you lend the guy holding the cord your shirt? It's the same shirt your wearing in front of the athlete village balloon!

Is there some kind of conspiracy to get the shirt in as many blog posts as possible? That's your game, isn't it Steinberg?!

Posted by: emrj | August 8, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

And Dan, remember that what you're seeing is half the normal number of cars due to laws. My friends who are living here all say that traffic got remarkably better everywhere two days before the Olympics. Imagine what it's like normally and then remove any semblance of legality from that image. That's driving in Beijing. Driving in less dense parts of China often is without the first part, but much more of the second.

Posted by: Ryan | August 13, 2008 5:20 AM | Report abuse

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