Washington, D.C., is a unique place. The capital of the United States, considered a territory but not an actual U.S. state, and teeming with some of the most powerful people in the country. Whether you’re a power player or just an average citizen, there are plenty of things Washingtonians deem normal occurrences that tourists and outsiders just don’t understand! So we asked for your responses on things that are considered totally normal in D.C. but not anywhere else:
1. Being late due to motorcades.
2. Immediately being asked, “Who do you work for?” when meeting a new person.
3. Being at a restaurant and seeing a cabinet member, a secretary, a senator, or someone else of political importance sitting at a neighboring table.
4. U-Turns anywhere and everywhere.
5. Measuring distance in travel time instead of miles.
6. Knowing and loving mumbo sauce.
7. Free museums everywhere.
8. Metrorail delays—every day.
9. Blasting Go-Go music.
10. Frequent POTUS helicopter flyovers.
11. Using the Mall grounds and stairs of the Lincoln Memorial as your gym.
12. Grocery stores immediately selling out of milk, eggs, bread, and toilet paper at the slightest hint of snow.
13. Canceling work/school before a single flake has fallen.
14. Casually spying secret service vehicles everywhere you go.
15. Taking two hours to drive 4 miles.
16. Mistaking rats for squirrels.
17. Seeing black, white, and albino squirrels.
18. People who live in the suburbs of Virginia and Maryland outside of D.C. saying they live “in D.C.”
19. Calling people or being called, “Moe!”
20. Seeing servicemen and servicewomen in full uniform just walking down the street.