Strange Times in Washington During the Government Shutdown

What do you know - the things that happen inside this building *do* affect my life.

What do you know – the things that happen inside this building *do* affect my life.

With so many friends out of work because of the government shutdown, it was hard to feel like I should be working the last 17 days–but I did, a lot.

While I worked, strange things were going on. A heavily-used road closed because it’s in a national park. Congresspeople staged nutty political theater at closed monuments. The best free entertainment in town, the Smithsonian, was closed.

Yesterday morning when I sat down to write my next essay for the blog Last Word on Nothing, I thought I was going to be writing about this meteor that blazed by on Monday, and I missed it, but social media told me about it anyway, and isn’t the world interesting these days.

So I was pretty surprised when the essay took itself off in a completely different direction. I guess the shutdown was the main thing on my mind.

Strange Times in Washington

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