It's a humble sign that a big event is just ahead: Porta-potties are springing up like mushrooms all around the National Mall. But will there be enough of them for the inauguration?
FOX News Radio's Jill Nado reports from Washington:
If you have a party and want to rent a pot, the company you get it from will most likely tell you to get one for every 30-50 people attending. The National Park Service generally assumes a ratio of one porta-potty for every 300 people.
Dallas Gonzalez is owner of Jiffy Johns in Capital Heights, Maryland, who's renting out some of his pots out for the inauguration.
(Gonzalez) "They'll be spread out, so it's not going to be like 300 people waiting for like one unit."
The big differences between your party and the inauguration? Time and the lack of booze. Gonzalez is bringing:
(Gonzalez) "160 units ourselves, 'cause nobody has 3000-4000 units in their yard. So whoever gets it, they kinda sub it out to different companies, and we all kinda work together to bring everything down here."
So maybe Washington lawmakers can't work so well together, but the guys who are bringing you the porta-potties for the inauguration sure can. And these are not overbearing Federal government porta-potties.
(Gonzalez) "Just a basic unit, nothing too fancy."
Each one costs about $100 a day to rent, and another $20 to get cleaned.
In Washington, Jill Nado, FOX News Radio.