During Inauguration, Places to 'Go'
If 4 million people come to Washington for the inauguration, where will they all … go?
It's that question that Jennifer Lynn, 45, of Washington, hopes will turn into dollars: She's selling a seven-page booklet titled "Where to Pee in D.C." on craigslist and eBay for $2.50, which she's billing as a way to avoid crowds, long lines and awkward baby-changing moments.
From the eBay listing:
Our new 2008 "Where to Pee in DC" guide is for visitors to Washington, DC who might find themselves on the National Mall with an urgent personal need, a potty training toddler, or just a place to take a breather. It covers every inch within 3 blocks of the entire National Mall, where four million of our closest friends are scheduled to gather on January 19th for the inauguration!
"Restrooms are in short supply on the Mall," read another online listing. “That will be a massive understatement during the Inauguration with four million people sharing the same basic need.”
To help visitors, she provided Inauguration Watch with a few best bets for bathroom visits. Among potentially less-crowded Mall locations, for example, she suggests the east wing of the National Gallery of Art, the combined National Museum of African Art, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, and the U.S Botanic Garden. "There are some less well-known spots," she said in an interview.
Lynn says her insider's view of downtown bathrooms comes from years of working in the Reagan Building -- one of the best places to "go" on Inauguration Day, she claims. "The museums are good too,” she said in an interview. "But they’re right on the Mall, so they’re going to be swamped.”
The booklet has maps and lists, as well as information on baby-changing stations and data about which buildings have the most restrooms.
Lynn also has advice for those who are comfortable with portable toilets: “Bring handy wipes, tissue and maybe even some rubber gloves.”
-- By Jamisha N. Purdy, washingtonpost.com
Washington Post Editors
December 15, 2008; 2:51 PM ET
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