I have encouraged her to blog for entries as priceless as this: (ps. I have TOTALLY done this on several occasions. Haven't you?)
Washingtonians Against Non-Moving Staircases:
The cardinal rule in the Washington metro area is that when you are on the escalators in the metro stations, you should stand on the right, walk on the left. if you stand on the left, you are either a tourist, or asking to be pushed down the stairs. we who live here are constantly griping about those who stand on the left. it's bad etiquette and it's annoying!
even at rush hour, this most cardinal of cardinal rules is obeyed. the right hand side of the escalator is a solid line of people who stand in place. the left hand side is a moving line as people walk up the escalator.
So yesterday on my way home from work, i disembarked the blue line and proceeded to the stairs. i kept to my right, took two steps down, and stopped. and then i realized i was on an actual set of STAIRS, not an escalator. on STAIRS, it is generally advisable to walk on BOTH sides.:)