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Knowing How to Wait

(3rd and D St.) --The District might be clogged with out-of-town visitors, but the natives know how to do the wait right.

Richard Coward, 59, a retired District government employee, stretched out in the middle of the street in relaxation, his back propped by a curb. His secret? As thousands shivered waiting for the checkpoints to open, he was sitting on a steam vent. The buildings in the area share an underground heating system. Coward had found an outlet.

"We're going to keep our spot till 7" when the checkpoints open, he said.
"Not going to give it up to anybody." His friend of 40 years, Willis Taylor, 58, nodded in assent.

"I'm very excited," Coward said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime event."

And he and his friend had found once-in-a-checkpoint seats.

-- Michael Birnbaum

By Washington Post staff  |  January 20, 2009; 6:18 AM ET
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