My DC: Tourist Time

We DC locals tend to be hard on tourists. We complain about the way they stand on the left side of the Metro escalators. We mock their fanny packs and fondness for the Hard Rock Cafe. We wonder at how it is possible to be an American and not know the difference between the Capitol and the White House. In short: we are snobs.

Occasionally, though, it occurs to us that visitors have an awful damn lot of fun in our little city, and we get a teensy bit jealous. So, every now and again, DC residents decide to be tourists in our own town — such as last weekend, when I joined a group of friends on the goofiest of DC’s offerings: the Segway tour.

And you know what? Despite the fact that it is impossible to ride a Segway without looking like a complete tool, it’s really fun. I felt like one of the Jetsons — gliding along above the sidewalk honestly seems so bizarrely space-age that I thought I would look up and see that all the cars around me had become hovercraft.

Next up? The Duck Tour, of course.

Me on the Segway.
Me on the Segway.
Charles & Jordi pose on their Segways.
We're posing, but still rolling...
The group gliding along the Capitol grounds.
Gliding along on the Capitol grounds.

5 thoughts on “My DC: Tourist Time

  1. Joanne August 8, 2008 / 10:13 am

    “If its called tourist season, why can’t we shoot them?”

    Tourists are really only annoying when you’re running late and they’re blocking the Metro escalator. Otherwise, they’re mildly amusing.

  2. sionna August 8, 2008 / 10:55 am

    That’s HIL-AR-IOUS! Was it difficult to maneuver? Did you learn anything new at all about your city?

    I’m so glad that I can’t count the number of times that I have been to DC on two hands, which in my mind makes me a frequent visitor, not a tourist. Unless of course that I drag Sarah to a museum that I had yet to see.

    I actually get peeved at people who stand on the left side of escalators here in a mall in Albany!

    So no Joanne, you can’t shoot me no matter how much you’d like to. 🙂 On an aside…I had no idea that you were on bedrest. Hope all is well and you aren’t going too stircrazy.

  3. Joanne August 8, 2008 / 11:01 am

    Its stupid bedrest, Sionna, a complete overreaction to one silly thing. So don’t worry. ITs modified, too. So I’m about to go to the bookstore. Gotta get out of this house!

    Its not you I’d like to shoot–its all the big school groups of teenagers. THEM, I’d like to shoot.

  4. Mom August 9, 2008 / 1:55 pm

    C O O L !! I think I’d like to try it — but I really don’t have to reply ’cause Sweetpea is “home” this weekend 🙂

  5. common loon August 9, 2008 / 8:34 pm

    Do you know we have one here, too? $70! Ouch!

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