Crowded Train

Boarding the train at Courthouse, I noticed that WMATA has decreased the gap between trains from 14 to 8-10 minutes, and the platform was full for a Monday afternoon around 2pm. When the six car Orange Line train pulled into the station, I was floored. It looked like a rush hour train, not a middle of the afternoon train. I squeezed my way into the car with men and women and children wearing shirts that had slogans in English and Spanish painted on them, hand-written signs bearing the inscription on the Statue of Liberty and other quotes from founding American fathers.

Cubs hats. American Flags. Sam Adams Light hats. US Polo Association Hats. Nike hats and shirts. Levi jeans. These were the common elements of American market culture between us. Between me, and the Hispanic crowd in the train. We all shop here, we all support this economy.

And shortly they’ll be marching down 16th St toward the White House, en masse.

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