Beltway Traffic Jam

I was able to get out of the office before the traffic hit, but it’s still an hour drive–for a trip that’s only 23 miles!–even under decent conditions from DISA from home.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. jen says:

    Welcome to my world. 😉

  2. That sounds like my commute to (or from) my son’s preschool that’s all of 23.6 miles – but 65 minutes – away.

  3. Of course you could leave at 6am as I do. That shaves 10-15 minutes off.

  4. James Joyner says:


    I heard they’d paved paradise and put in a parking lot. Apparently, it’s true.

  5. I feel you, James. For two years, I had a 45-mile, one-way commute, which in Los Angeles took an hour and a half — and that wasn’t even rush hour.

    Thankfully, mercy fell upon me: I now live a block from work, so I have a five-minute walk.

  6. Delta Dave says:

    Dr J —

    It appears to me that you need to “think outside the beltway”….er … ah… box.

    Now is the time to prove that you can work from Outside the Beltway most of the time and still meet Inside the Beltway paradigm expectations.

    In the consulting business there are two groups — this is an Inside the Beltway secret — everyone knows about the Beltway Bandits… but there is also a small core of consultants with the reputation of “Highway Helpers”….

    As long as your physical “internet access” is interrupted, you have opportunity to prove you operate to their satisfaction from virtual presence Outside the Beltway. After all isn’t DoD’s goal “virtual presence” instead of physical presence … [ask OBL if he know what virtual presence means].

    The future is now….

  7. James Joyner says:

    Kevin: Interesting. I’m at DISA’s complex in Skyline, right before 7 turns
    into King.

    Dave: Ye hath a point. Getting face time with the people there is
    valuable, but being there every day doesn’t make much sense.

  8. Mark Hasty says:


    You don’t remember “Something About You”? Try listening to it here:

    I mean, that song was pretty big around 87ish.

  9. James Joyner says:


    Ah, yes. I’ve heard that one. I don’t recall having heard the name of the band before. Frankly, everything from 1985-1988 or so sounded the same to me: Pleasant but interchangable. That could have been Wham!, Wang Chung, Power Station. . . .

  10. James, every time I drive anywhere I feel like I’m once again proving that the shortest route between two points is, indeed, a straight line. Unfortunately, the one and only road going north-south on this side of the island follows the shoreline… making it anything but a straight trip.