Take a Ride on the HuffPo 'Sanity Buses'
Two people write about their NY-DC treks
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2010 4:29 PM CDT
Val Ibarra, 29, of San Francisco, Ca., holds up a sign at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Adrianne Jeffries and Chadwick Matlin both rode the free Huffington Post buses to yesterday’s Rally to Restore Sanity, but they had vastly different experiences. Jeffries woke up at 3:50am with one thought on her mind: “This sucks.” She shlepped to “the far side of Queens,” where the buses were supposed to board by 5:30am, and it soon became clear that there would be no free coffee, donuts, or gift bags: “The Huffington Post was not prepared to give us anything beyond a bus ride. And even that seemed far from certain,” she writes on Salon—but she quickly got caught up in the "giddy" crowd.

Her bus was supposed to leave at 6am, but Jeffries didn’t even board until 7:15; it then crawled through traffic for hours before finally reaching DC—an hour late, after Jon Stewart was already on stage—and by the time she navigated the overcrowded Metro the rest of the way to the National Mall, there was no way to get close to the stage. Even so, it was hard not to be in a good mood among the “good-natured” crowd, she writes. By contrast, Matlin had a relatively cushy ride, aboard the same bus as Huffington herself. Click here for more of his tale, and here for more from Jeffries.