Reflections: A Year on Capitol Hill


  • Kirsten Cutler


It used to be so easy to bike past the Capitol Building. But lately this task has become ever more daunting, as an increasingly dense maze of concrete barriers, police officers, and plastic fencing has sprung up. Today, I achieved my goal only after ducking under ropes, squeezing by barricades, and zig-zagging across once-pristine lawns. This, symbolic of the most recent event to rattle this town, adds one more exclamation mark to a string of memories making up my year as AGU's 2000–2001 Congressional Science Fellow.