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Most Unusual Motorcade

  • Posted on December 10, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Yesterday I was driving Stella to school and I was stopped by a motorcade. It’s not such a rare occurrence when you live in D.C., although I don’t see them as often in my nouveau ghetto Virginia suburb as when I lived in Bethesda or D.C.

But this was no ordinary motorcade.

We sat at a stoplight, and two cops on motorcycles blocked traffic on Arlington Blvd. in both directions. As we waited, more cops on motorcycles drove by, trailing the last of the cars turning onto the main road. Traffic was at a complete standstill.

A closeknit cluster of police motorcycles and cars crested the hill–here they come, I thought! Who could it be? A diplomat? Brangelina? Rhett Miller? Or–gulp–the president, on his way to…hmm…McDonalds? (I live in a McDonalds neighborhood, not a Starbucks neighborhood.)

As the car passed us by, I saw Santa Claus himself, flanked by two reindeer, waving from the back of the gray sedan. He turned onto the main road and was gone in a flash. It was the most exciting thing that has happened to me all week.

What I would like to know is–where was Santa going at 7:30 in the morning in Falls Church, Virginia, and why did he need a police escort?