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By Tom Toles



Monday railing

I do a lot of cartoons making fun of the DC Metro system, but I'm a big supporter. I take the train every day, except when I'm off-site in my undisclosed location, where I DON'T work in my pajamas, by the way. I prefer my Gandhi loincloth, gorilla mask and ballet slippers. Grrr! Don't mess with me, but if you do, I won't fight back!

When we moved to Washington, one of the few things I was looking for was walking distance to a Metro stop. We landed a bit farther away than ideal, so if you add my total walking distance on both ends of the ride together, it's longer than if I walked directly to work. I work at odd times, so I often am up before dawn, and D.C. has what to me was an unknown category: dark heat. That's why I don't wear the gorilla mask as I dance my way up to the station. I calculated that the hill I go up is the same height as the broken escalator I have to walk down to the train platform, so I have started a level tunnel directly from my house. Oh, but the NOSY NEIGHBORS COMPLAINED because I was putting the dirt in their basement, and now the earthquake has set everything back..

Anyway, it all beats driving. In Washington traffic or anywhere else. The automobile is one of the great inventions of all time except nobody noticed we had made too many of them and wrecked half the things that were lovable about this world. --Tom Toles




By Tom Toles  | July 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Metro  
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At one time the Wheaton escalator was the longest in the Western Hemisphere. Why would any Transportation Authority expose an escalator to the elements, rain, snow, heat, cold, people in flip flops, and not expect it to break down frequently? By the time Metro is "finished" the early construction will be ready to be replaced. Whatever you do do not compare our Metro to the New York subway, you will be disappointed. Can I say do do?

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 19, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Two whole comments? C'mon folks, you can do better than that: Why can't you telecommute, Tom? Never leave the Post, Tom. Oh please; how can anyone stand it? Where's bobbo today? On vacation? Isn't there one auto CEO out there with a "bug up his bee-hind" about the TT car comment? Or the neighbors -- where are TT's neighbors in all of this? Don't they feel a little attacked? All I've got to say is "Oh My Goodness."

Posted by: dudeupnorth | July 19, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Tom, I'm so grateful that you came to Washington D.C. Please don't ever leave the Post -- you make it worth reading (or clicking on, or whatever we do with "news" these days). And I predict a major comeback for Gandhi loincloths in the suburbs...

Posted by: dingogumby | July 19, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse


TT -- I'm surprised you need to leave home to do your job, instead of telecommuting. Do you have a lot of live interaction with the WaPo humans?


Posted by: egc52556 | July 19, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

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