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    It sounds like they just weren't quite ready yet...

    It sounds like they just weren't quite ready yet when you got there. I rolled up just after 8, and by that point they had cold cans of the La Colombe draft lattes (in a bucket of ice), a tray of...
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    That sounds like something I did with a few...

    That sounds like something I did with a few friends back in 2004(?) and Pandamania. There were 150 pandas scattered around town, and we did a scavenger hunt to find (and take a picture with) as many...
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    Agreed - that's what we should've done/should do...

    Agreed - that's what we should've done/should do in the future. Things weren't too bad (crowd-wise) once we got off Hains Point, until the 395 entrance. We were sunk to start with when we...
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    And that was my problem - starting behind 6,000...

    And that was my problem - starting behind 6,000 people(*) - by the time we crossed over Maine Ave, it was a virtual standstill as we Flintstoned to get to the "no passing" zone. And with the...
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    Very nice - but I am now even more jealous of...

    Very nice - but I am now even more jealous of your smooth entry onto 395. (By the time we got there, it took us about 10 minutes to get through and past that point.) Why can't I just enjoy my ride...
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    My daughter really appreciated seeing the panda,...

    My daughter really appreciated seeing the panda, especially after her meltdown on 395, so thanks! :)

    I'll agree on the "choke point" issue with groups, particularly the entrance onto the 14th...
  7. Yeah...not that I could form a cogent thought...

    Yeah...not that I could form a cogent thought last night, but I was trying to work backwards from starting in EFC at 8AM, what time I'd need to leave home in NE DC to make sure that happens, and what...
  8. I think today's DCBR experience proved that I'm...

    I think today's DCBR experience proved that I'm semi-functional waking up early enough to make this work (though not by this point of the day), so pencil me in.
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    Assuming we wake up early enough (main access to...

    Assuming we wake up early enough (main access to the start corrals closes at 7:30?!?) I'll be there with a 5 year old in tow, so as much as I would love to hang out afterwards, I don't think that'll...
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    I can't pull off either of those looks, and I...

    I can't pull off either of those looks, and I don't think anyone wants me wearing any lycra...
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    That's a good idea. There's also this year's...

    That's a good idea. There's also this year's Bike To Work Day shirt, though that doesn't help for tomorrow. Regardless, I am not worried about lacking purple clothing - as a proud Northwestern...
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    I'm always struck (and disappointed) by how few...

    I'm always struck (and disappointed) by how few purple cycling clothing items they make for men. Women - purple as far as the eye can see for jerseys, jackets, socks, shoes, whatever. It's such a...
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    Very nice. I'm waiting until tomorrow night to...

    Very nice. I'm waiting until tomorrow night to gather my purple ensemble to see how many different shades I'll have...
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    Got it. I think I was getting hung up on low end...

    Got it. I think I was getting hung up on low end of the "4-5 hours with breaks" estimate. If we're thinking similar to the doughnut ride, that's probably 4 hours or so moving time (it looks like we...
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    Based on the current forecast, it looks like the...

    Based on the current forecast, it looks like the ride will be over (and folks able to get back from whence they came) before it goes from "meh" to "yuck!" (Heavier/steady rain is supposed to start...
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    That was with the old bridge (20 feet lower) and...

    That was with the old bridge (20 feet lower) and before the Washington Post stopped having newsprint arrive on barges. It is much less often now.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N920A using Tapatalk
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    Very true. So does a single F-22 Raptor. Or (by...

    Very true. So does a single F-22 Raptor. Or (by some estimates) the security for the inauguration. Or the 2012 film Battleship. :)
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    The landlocked cities are where the cheaper labor...

    The landlocked cities are where the cheaper labor is and things are actually made and not brought in... :)

    Slightly more seriously - trains (usually there are more routes/options to avoid tunnels...
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    It probably wouldn't have been savings of half;...

    It probably wouldn't have been savings of half; the construction cost of the bridge itself was only about 1/3 of the overall project; most of the money went towards the interchanges and surface...
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    Not a fighting ship, but I think the Navy's...

    Not a fighting ship, but I think the Navy's hospital ships are around 10 stories tall.

    I think the projection of 60 was based on the previous 250/year that the older/lower bridge had to open. It...
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    I think it was something like $200m of the $2.4b...

    I think it was something like $200m of the $2.4b construction cost. (Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/12/AR2005081201700.html) Beyond the occasional ship traffic...
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    It's a drawbridge because occasionally big ships...

    It's a drawbridge because occasionally big ships need to come onto that side of the bridge :) In November, it opened to allow a Spanish replica galleon to dock in Alexandria.

    As I recall, because...
  23. And it's a problem that too many people just...

    And it's a problem that too many people just "Look left while proceeding with the turn."
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    I read it as "Faster than 20 mph but under 30...

    I read it as "Faster than 20 mph but under 30 mph" is a motor-driven cycle unless it has a big engine.
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    As someone who moves up 20 places in the...

    As someone who moves up 20 places in the standings by this math, I agree wholeheartedly!

    I do agree with Steve that it may have been more interesting/impactful if we had something closer to a...
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