Tuesday, November 29, 2005

welcome to the friendly nation's capital...


just in case you've thought about an impromptu visit to d.c and fancy a quick tour of the washington monument...

here's what you have to wade through first. nice and welcoming, isn't it?

makes you feel the true fist of a butchered democracy.

in web-speak, using all capitals is universally recognised as SHOUTING!


MUST READ - ALL VISITORS ENTERING THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT ARE SUBJECT TO SECURITY SCREENING. DEVICES USED FOR SCREENING MAY AFFECT INTERNAL MEDICAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES INCLUDING PACEMAKERS AND DEFIBRILLATORS. ADVISE PARK STAFF BEFORE ENTERING IF YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL DEVICE OR CONDITIONS THAT MAY BE AFFECTED BY SCREENING EQUIPMENT.

MUST READ II - PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT: WEAPONS (GUNS, KNIVES, STUN GUNS, IRRITANT GAS DEVICES, AMMUNITION, ETC.) AEROSOL OR NON-AEROSOL SPRAY CANS, SMOKING, EATING OR DRINKING, SUITCASES, DUFFEL BAGS OR BACKPACKS LARGER THAN 18" X 16" X 8", STROLLERS, PETS, (EXCEPT GUIDE DOGS ACCOMPANYING VISUALLY OR HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS), ANY TANGIBLE OBJECTS THAT COULD REASONABLY THREATEN PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY, FOOD (EXCEPT A SMALL QUANTITY OF SEALED FOOD ITEMS), BEVERAGES (EXCEPT WATER OR BABY FORMULA IN CLEAR PLASTIC CONTAINERS).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PARKING IN DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON DC IS LIMITED AND THE TRAFFIC VOLUME AND CONGESTION CAN BE HIGH. USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS ENCOURAGED. THE SMITHSONIAN METRO STATION IS THE CLOSEST SUBWAY STOP TO THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION - RESERVATIONS MADE AT LEAST TEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE TOUR DATE WILL BE MAILED TO THE CUSTOMER. RESERVATIONS MADE WITHIN 10 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TOUR DATE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP ON THE DATE OF THE TOUR AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT TICKET KIOSK. THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT TICKET KIOSK IS LOCATED AT 15TH ST. NW AND JEFFERSON ST. (ON SOUTHWEST SIDE OF THE MONUMENT). THE TICKET KIOSK IS OPEN FROM 8:30 AM THROUGH 4:30 PM FOR PICKUP OF "WILL CALL" TICKETS.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION II - GROUP TOUR GUIDES WHO ARE CERTIFIED/LICENSED WILL NEED TO PROVIDE THEIR TOUR OPERATOR LICENSE NUMBER WHEN MAKING ADVANCE RESERVATIONS. NON-LICENSED AND SCHOOL GROUP GUIDES WILL NOT NEED TO PROVIDE A TOUR OPERATOR LICENSE NUMBER WHEN MAKING ADVANCE RESERVATIONS. WHEN PICKING UP "WILL CALL" RESERVATIONS, GROUP GUIDES WHO ARE CERTIFIED/LICENSED WILL NEED TO PRESENT THEIR VALID GUIDE CERTIFICATION/LICENSE WITH PHOTO ID, AND THE RESERVATION CONFIRMATION NUMBER. WHEN PICKING UP "WILL CALL" RESERVATIONS, NON-LICENSED AND SCHOOL GROUP GUIDES WILL NEED TO PRESENT SCHOOL OR BUSINESS LETTERHEAD CONTAINING: THE NAME OF THE GROUP, THE NAME OF THE PERSON PICKING UP THE TICKETS, AND THE RESERVATION CONFIRMATION NUMBER. THE PERSON PICKING UP THE TICKETS FOR THE GROUP WILL ALSO NEED TO PRESENT A PHOTO ID.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 1 - THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT IS WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE AND HAS A WHEELCHAIR THAT MAY BE USED WHILE VISITING THE MONUMENT.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION II - THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT MAY CLOSE ON SHORT NOTICE FOR VARIOUS REASONS, AND TOURS MAY BE DELAYED OR CANCELLED. REASONS FOR CLOSURE INCLUDE: ELEVATOR MALFUNCTION, SAFETY OR WEATHER RELATED INCIDENTS, AND OTHER NECESSARY CLOSURES AS AUTHORIZED BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION III - THE STAFF AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT ASKS THAT YOU ARRIVE AT LEAST 10-15 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR RESERVED TOUR TIME.

GENERAL INFORMATION - GOLDEN AGE PASSPORTS, GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORTS, GOLDEN EAGLE PASSPORTS AND NATIONAL PARKS PASSES DO NOT APPLY TO WASHINGTON MONUMENT TICKET RESERVATIONS.

DIRECTIONS 1 - THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT IS LOCATED AT CONSTITUTION AVENUE AND 15TH STREET NW IN DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON DC.

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2 comments:

PacificMod said...

I lived in DC 2000-2003... that's a perfect example of what it felt like.

nutty said...

yep. i've been here ten years and it has only gotten a lot worse. especially in the last 5....

you used to see bill out around town. i have never even seen bush, not once. but my waiter friend did manage to spit in his dinner as he turned around in the kitchen holding his plate between two secret service guys :)