And ride the Washington Metro...which decided to jazz up my evening ride by providing me with a train that broke down in a tunnel, stranding me and scores of other passengers in cars without adequate air conditioning for more than 2 hours. We spent the first 45 minutes waiting for Metro personnel to fix the train on the spot, and then another 45 minutes waiting for a recovery train to effect a rescue when the repair efforts failed. Then, once we all transferred into the new train (blissfully cool), we sat around for another 30 minutes because it, too, was having mechanical problems (a light on the instrument panel indicated that the doors weren't all closed properly). They finally got the problem solved, the train went to the next station, and then promptly offloaded us because...the doors started malfunctioning again. Another train came along shortly, however, and finally got us all to our various destinations without further trouble. A good thing, too, because I was starting to get hungry, and was observing the other passengers with an eye toward assessing potential tenderness and palatability, in case the delay ran another hour or two.
And now there's this: the Insider Threat Program. In order to prevent future leaks (or at least, those that don't make Obama look like a decisive leader), the White House wants all of us government employees to spy on each other, and report any "high risk persons or behaviors". Failure to report could result in criminal penalties.
Yeah, let's make our offices look as much like a Havana neighborhood as possible, complete with snitches and block captains. That ought to make for a more pleasant work environment. I swear, I think I'm going to put some of these up on the wall: