Tiffany’s Odyssey

On Friday, my car and I were involved in a little, er, “incident” with Arlington County. I learned a number of lessons during the odyssey I undertook in trying to straighten it out, and I thought I might share them with you.

Between Courthouse Metro and Virginia Square, there is only one Chevy Chase Bank. Only one, at the Virginia Square station. There are, however, FOUR IRISH BARS. And for it being lunchtime on St. Patrick’s Day, none of them looked particularly busy. Could it be that the Irish Bar Market in Arlington has finally been saturated?

WMATA actually has a cool Lost-and-Found ticketing system where you can input descriptive information about the item you lost, the day you lost it, and where, and they’ll check incoming items against the database for 30 days. Neat! The problem is, it takes several days for items to reach the Lost and Found office, which is in Silver Spring, and only open odd hours. And if you’re like me and lose your keys, you’re better off just going there, because no matter how much detail you give about your keys, they think all keyrings are the same. (Mine contains keys to my place, Tom’s place, my office, my car… I’m screwed.)

Arlington County employees are actually pretty friendly and helpful and efficient. DMV employees, on the other hand….

1 Comment so far

  1. chris (unregistered) on March 20th, 2006 @ 9:51 am

    About a year ago, I left a package containing an LP (12″ record) and 2 CD’s on the red line. I used the handy dandy description input on the WMATA website and within a few days I was sent an email informing me that my package was at the Silver Spring office. A damn fantastic experience.

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