More Pentagon noobie gouge:
If you use public transit to commute to work, then I recommend testing your "Plan B." If you get into a crunch, it'd be nice to have tried it once before when you're NOT in a crisis time-crunch.
It's been a heckuva first week in my new job. I've been late coming home every night this week. Tuesday, I missed all the buses out of Crystal City and the Pentagon. I had to take the Metro out to West Falls Church, and I managed to catch the LAST bus out of West Falls Church with a slim 6 minutes to spare.
If I had been one Metro train later, I'm not exactly sure what I would have done to get home.
Enter Guaranteed Ride Home. If you are in the DC area and use some form of public transit to commute to work, then you should sign up for this. Register on the website, and up to four times per year they will pay for your cab fare home if you have a family emergency and need to get home in the middle of the day or if you have to work overtime and miss your bus.