Beware! The author of these pages is quite mad. Madder than hell. And if anything you are about to read seems a little, well, unbelieveable, just remember that this is, after all, the Washington DC Metropolitan area, and if you think for a moment that espionage, counter-espionage, and all sorts of interesting variations on that theme might not be pretty pervasive, you might as well stay out in the boondocks. The author also wishes to advise you that anything you think you see if you're here, no matter how unbelievable, is probably just what you saw. And if someone comes running up to you to tell you that you didn't see something you hadn't yet convinced yourself you really saw, there's your proof. When we DC folks are being mean to tourists, sometimes we catch them goggling at something too weird to be believed, and we whisper as we pass: "You really saw that."
As near as I can tell, there are very quiet wars being fought in various suburbs, as assorted subcultures belly up to the Capital and jockey for the honor of being the ones to deliver the first cut of the Old Nation's coup-de-grace.
Southland Corporation should divest itself of the place. At any rate, I damned sure don't shop there.
25 March 1998 - 1615 hours
I had recently, due to changes in personnel, resumed occasionally shopping at this 7-11 in Aspen Hill MD, 14101 Georgia Avenue.
On this date, while the middle-easterner behind the counter moved as slowly as possible so as to stall, , received an injection in the back of my right upper arm, which has had the following pharmacological effects. Dizziness, flashes in vision, anger, confusion, and extreme hatred for the bastards. When I come down enough to be coherent, I shall inform the management. I expect to be met with nothing but the inevitable stonewalling on the part of management, denials on the part of the cashier (who mostly stalled me so that his partner could get behind me) and absolutely no action on the part of hte police hwo have consistently refused to even take my reports.
Further events as they develop. All will of course be dated as to 2when and where. Hmm, it's Friday, January 17th, 1997. And I just got the exact same treatment described above, at the Rodman's Beer Store located at 4301 Viers Mill Road, intersection of Veirs Mill and Randolph Roads. This is a very spooky place. The whole little shopping center across from the Korean Korner has an ancient and seedy history, as such histories go. Right now it's an almost entirely-ethnic enclave, and it was so weird. Walked in there, and some guy comes walking in behind me with a cross in his hand, held high over his head. No big deal, but I start counting my change, and some weird ol black gal comes in, and slips a needle into the back of my thigh. Next thing I know, I am counting change to this big-headed arabic-looking guy behind the counter, in between those telltale flashes of light strobing in and out it seems he's sewing on my head again. Different guy, same technique. I guess Hamas or someone is now training their terrorists on how to anesthetize and braindamage Americans for having the temerity to shop in their own (occupied) neighborhoods. A note - for those familiar with the White Wolf Role-Playing Game of called "Vampires: The Masquerade (tm), this experience was remarkably similar to being "fleshcrafted". At any rate, I didn't come out of that store looking the same as I did when I went into that store. I guess this might be one more way that people become The Changed.
Safeway in the Bauer Drive Shopping Center is one of the wierder places in town to shop. They have me as a captive customer, as I do not own a motor vehicle, and they are the only grocery store accessible by bus.
There's also the Safeway in Wheaton, Maryland. Occasionally more Satanic than the Bauer Center Safeway, occasionally less so, still, this store is filled with haughty foreigners and submissive suburban victims of the recent over-running of Montgomery County. If you're easily amused, try heading into Wheaton Triangle, where there are some decent stores and some really weird places. If you're easily amused, and feeling brave, start staring at people's ears and see what happens to you. Then go home and try to figure out why. Also beware that there is a bit of anecdotal evidence that there's something very strange going on in purported underground tunnels attached to the Wheaton Metro subway station, home of the longest escalator in the Western World.
Under no circumstances shop at any suburban CVS store. Some of the ones downtown are okay. CVS is an out-of-town company that bought up the venerable local chain of People's Drug. For some reason the management has decided to staff the place only with such (shudder) individuals who could scare a mirror into glass dust. If your stomach turns easily, don't go into a suburban CVS or you might discover your guts wound up like a rubber band on a cheap wooden model airplane. I would hesitate to set foot in a suburban CVS unless they were the last place on earth to buy aspirin during an epidemic of Plague.
Ever been to church and seen someone "gettin' happy"? I mean the sort of people who all of a sudden get up and fall down on the ground and start rolling around in the aisles? Well to each their own when it comes to religion. But when you see that same effect suddenly converted to instant mob violence, or more properly mobs pretending to not notice that one of them is beating the crap out of someone for standing in line, well, it's pretty scary. McDonald's in the Washington Metro area seems to be very prone to that sort of thing. Maybe all of those food-additives have some sort of odd effect on the changed. Lord knows I've seen some weird things here.
You are formally advised to avoid, at all circumstances, the McDonalds at Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road in Glenmont MD, the McDonalds at Georgia Avenue and University Boulevard in Wheaton, MD, and if you really want to see an absolute freakshow of an alien and imbecile meeting place, go to the McDonalds at Mercado Shopping Center, Layhill Road and Georgia Avenue.
Hell, just avoid McDonalds altogether if you're in town. There's much better places to eat anyway.