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Can flash mob carolers restore good cheer to Metro rush hour?

December 13, 2010 - 11:10 AM
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UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: At least one of the carolers is infuriated that we've posted their song schedule, claiming we've now endangered their lives. There's no Wikileaks intrigue here, folks. The schedule was sent to my inbox. Had we grasped the sensitivity of the situation, we never would've disclosed the sked.

ORIGINAL: If you haven't heard, some cheery Washingtonians have been planning a mass caroling effort for several Red Line stations this afternoon. The organizers behind the event have told would-be carolers to sing “Let It Snow” at 5 p.m. at Adams Morgan; “White Christmas" and "Deck the Halls” at 5:20 at Dupont Circle; “Winter Wonderland” at 5:40 at Farragut North; “12 Days of Metro” at 6 at Chinatown; “Jingle Bells” at 6:15 at Judiciary Square; and “Sleigh Ride” at 6:30 at Union Station. They've even posted lyrics on the web. The Examiner and NBC have asked if this self-described "flash mob" -- is it still a flash mob if everyone's known about it for a week? -- might lead to mass confusion along the Red Line.

It's a real shame that this mass caroling wasn't planned for this morning inside Metro Center, where a track fire led to brutal delays all along the Orange and Blue Lines. A mob of sprightly carolers singing loudly at stranded, infuriated commuters -- that would be an amazing sight. Would the carolers have warmed hearts and dissipated all that pent-up anger? Frankly, I think they all would have been punched in the face.

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