On to the Capitol
- First, be sure to use the restrooms while you are there as they are among the nicer around and well-kept.
- If you see a completely bald tour guide, get in his line. A tour guide makes the tour in most cases, and our guide made ours fabulous! He has met pretty much everyone who has walked through the Capitol in the past, oh, 25 years. That’s almost everyone who is publicly known for more than just being famous. (Paris Hilton didn’t get a mention, for example.)
- Don’t be shocked when you get to the galleries of Congress and there are few (or no) representatives or senators in the House or Senate, respectively. While we were in the Senate, two Senators took turns talking (about TSA and a collective bargaining agreement) while everyone else wrote, talked to each other, or passed notes (those would be the pages). Then, no one else had anything to say, so we waited awhile before leaving and moving on to the House, where they were discussing the scandal of calling cards that only provide 60% of the stated minutes.
- If you do want to get into said galleries, you’ll need to stop by the office of one of your reps/senators. There are only 14 (ok…actually just 5) buildings with these offices, and they are all close to the Capitol, so if you get the wrong one, it’s just a short hot walk to the next one. If you don’t have any other reason to be at his/her office, be grateful that they keep the passes handy at the receptionists’ desks. Ours were never checked, but be sure to have them. You don’t want to be on the bad side of the Capitol police.