A change in schedule allowed me just enough time to drop in on the downtown DC rally and get my T-shirt.
The first thing I noticed was that a large group was protesting outside of city hall. They appeared to be protesting American support for Ethiopia's current leadership - someone will have to explain that to me. I saw a group of SUVs with flags of Benin in the parking lot, but I suspect that was just a coincidence, because if my geography knowledge serves me right Benin is not Ethiopia. They were chanting at Obama, and I just hope they weren't at the wrong place.
Anyway, the rally was down at Woodrow Wilson plaza instead of at Freedom Plaza. I'm not sure how that would effect turn out, but it seemed like a good crowd was there. I saw Rep. Earl Blumenauer locking up his bike.
I rode CaBi and that was a little less convenient than I expected. Not because of dockblocking, but because the station where they were running a bike corral was a couple blocks away.
Many people - men mostly - were very interested in learning more about being Vegan.
It was a beautiful day to bike commute. Unfortunately, I didn't get to. And then when I got to work, the training I'd rushed to work to get to, was cancelled (or so I suppose. We all just sar around waiting for it and the guy never showed up).
The other frustration for me was that I waited in line for coffee and had a couple of people get confused and cut in line in front of me. I didn't say anything - who wants to fight on bike to work day - but by the sheepish look of one guy let me know they knew what they were doing. And then the guy in front of me got the last cup of coffee "I'll leave you some," he said tipping over the dispenser. I had just enough to coat the bottom of my cup. And then I had to go. Argh...
But I missed all the speakers and the Tune-Ups and the Solid Gold dancers doing a tribute to Donna Summers (if they were there, I actually don't know). So let me know any thoughts you had in the comments.