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...

Sleeping next to a stranger

The alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. and the first thing his wife noticed as that he was still in bed. He always woke up before the alarm and...

‘Suddenly, all hell broke loose’

Connie McCarthy needed cat food and left her house in Northern Virginia shortly after 10 on a Saturday morning. A flyer in the paper listed a good price at a...

Where the hell am I?

He woke up with his head pounding, hung over from another Friday night of heavy drinking. Not unusual. He met some buddies after work, they started with German beer, moved...

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...

Life under the needle

First the shakes. Then the sweats. He knows the symptoms, so he takes a leather case from the drawer and heads for the bathroom. He finds an empty stall and...

Getting out while the getting’s good

Tom Jennings is a rarity in Washington, D.C. He’s a native. "Yep. Born here. Went to school here. Lived here all my life." Until recently. Earlier this year, Jennings packed up wife,...

The old bait and switch

Laura McAdams met Ron Aptid after work one night at Capital City Brewing, a popular D.C. nightspot near Union Station. They hit it off. Dinner two nights later. A show...

A question of manners

It was a nice weekend afternoon when he and his wife decided to grab something to eat at the food court of the local mall. Typical Saturday at the mall....