Change of heart

Thursday afternoon. Rush hour. Thom Hendrickson felt the first twinge of pain as he turned his Honda off the Beltway onto Chain Bridge Road in Northern Virginia. It wasn’t much...

Another night of fear

The doctor didn’t mince words. HIV positive. AIDS? Not yet, but probably in your future. Can’t be. I’m not gay. Straights get AIDS too. But I always use a condom. Condoms are not 100 percent safe. I...

Talk like one and you’ll be treated like one

Josh Watkins is mad. Damn mad. Watkins, born, raised and still living in Southeast Washington, is sitting at a coffee shop on South Capitol Street, and talking about how tough it...

Workin’ the streets

Sally is dressed for work. Her short, tight dress is purple, not quite the same shade as her shoes, which of course clashes with the bright red lip gloss and...

The high price of deceit

She walks into the bar, as Joe Diffey once sang, one hip at a time. Nobody could miss her. He sure didn't. He couldn't believe his luck. She sashays over to...

Washington claims another one

It was 1981, the first of the Reagan years. Each Friday, on or around 5 o'clock, seven of us would gather in the House Agriculture Committee offices for an "alcohol...

Reunion

He couldn't help noticing how the woman at the table across the room kept looking at him. She could have been his age, but better preserved. Where age had ravaged...

The good life in Lafayette Park

Say hello to Marsh. How ya doing Marsh. "Couldn't be better." Life treating you o.k.? "Yep." Tell me Marsh. Where do you live? "Sixteen-oh-one Pennsylvania Avenue." Across the street from the White House? "Yep." So you and the...

Beware the repo man

Wednesday night. Northwest Washington. Lavish houses. Expensive cars. Most people who live here are successful. Some aren't, but try to live like they are. When they can't keep up, John Allen...

The darker side of life in Washington, DC

DC Darkside, which went active on the World Wide Web on May 7, 1996. Darkside is an experiment with articles that were published through 2004 and went into archival...