Symbolically, on the Columbus Day weekend Congress, believing the world to be flat, allowed the federal government to fall over the edge.

- Washington's weekend trauma was a typical messy divorce with neither side communicating. George wanted custody of the government. Congress was stuck with the dependents - us. This shut down the government. Tourists were locked out of the National Archives where the Constitution is displayed. How's that for symbolism? Reading the Bill of Rights could invite charges of breaking and entering.- Fighting sleep, Republican renegades and reasonable behavior, Congress saved the government - if not their jobs. They then passed a budget which one congressman is rumored to have read. - Mark Russell