That was the announcement that greeted me as I hit the platform at the metro train station this morning. I almost couldn’t have timed it better.
I drove to the station this morning to avoid the madness that will be downtown traffic during an All Star Game. Oh. And with a presidential visit thrown in – during rush hour! (Obama is throwing out the first pitch.) If I waited on my regular bus, I’m betting I wouldn’t get home before 7 – if then.
While I could have driven to a station closer to home, I drove to one closer to food. See, I haven’t had a real decent meal in way more than a week. I’m sick of frozen. I’m disgusted with fast food. I want some SERIOUS take-out! So I’m heading to Lotawata Creek. The mother didn’t want to meet me at the train station and go to dinner. So, I just drove there and road the train in. (20-minute drive plus a 20-minute train ride. That means it didn’t save me too much time off my bus commute (around 5 minutes) though I left home 20 minutes earlier than normal. Can’t wait to get me some Chicken Atlanta!
I wasn’t alone in my planning. The train was jammed. I found a seat and had it most of the way. As we got close to downtown, an old black lady got on. For nearly two stops, I watched her set her butt into the door to try and not fall. Meanwhile, the two WASPs sitting across from me, stared right at her. They did nothing, so I gave her my seat. I guess their mothers didn’t raise them as well as the mother raised me. (Can you believe even after I addressed this lady directly, someone else was trying to take my seat?! So I sat back down ‘til I got her attention.)
She didn’t say thanks. Oh well.
From my office window, I watched people line up for hours to watch the All Star parade. This is what would occasionally distract me. Notice the “red carpet” lining the streets. Pretty cool! I never could tell who was in any of the trucks as they passed, but considering that I was several blocks away and 19 stories up, these aren’t half bad.
This was the view from my window.
Another view ...
And for the past four days, both a blimp and a small plane have been circling downtown. I haven't seen the blimp but i've seen the plane more times than I can count.
Finally, I got to snap a pic of it as it flew past the Arch.