Today, because I have a flight at 3:00pm – ish today, I took my luggage, personal laptop, my work laptop with me on my daily commute. Fortunately, my luggage had wheels and a place where I could strap one of my laptops down, so it wasn’t too bad. My neck is killing me from carrying my other laptop bag, but I’ll live.
I arrived at the Pentagon Metro stop without too much trouble and decided to take the elevator down to the trains instead of trying to navigate the really big escalator with my bags. I was waiting for the elevator and a woman comes up to me and says, “Excuse me, but can you tell me how to get to the Metro?”
I looked at her like she was mad and said, “Um, this…is…the Metro.”
It was all I could do to not laugh. I nearly asked her if I was being filmed for some crazy Youtube video where they go up to people and ask them ridiculously obvious questions, but I didn’t.
Then she asked me, “Yeah, but where are the trains? I can’t figure out how to get to the trains.”
OK, so that’s fine. If you’ve never been to the Pentagon Metro stop, it can be kind of confusing, I guess. I mean, you could just follow the other 1.5 million people getting off buses and crowding themselves onto to the escalators to get to the trains. Or read the signs and follow the arrows, but you know, that’s just me.
I did point out the very obvious escalators she had to walk by to get to me. And I told her that the elevator that I was taking will get her there, too. I was a good fellow commuter and helped her on her way, but I still thought it was funny and I appreciate the bit of levity it provided for an otherwise crazy morning commute.