• 22
  • Aug, 2008
  • 0
Giving Myself the Slip

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN About Me, Atlanta, DC, Uncategorized

Image not available

It’s a tiny piece of paper; a scrap from a time of Texas bills, transmogrified into packing material two years ago. A slip that snuck, across state lines, a tiny cling; now resting on the floor of my car. I’ve moved too much, and in the last one, ended up apart from my things, in [...]

MORE

  • 29
  • Jul, 2008
  • 0
Blurred Vision, Seeing Clearly

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN About Me, DC, Portugal, Travels

Image not available

Searching for something else, I found this piece, which I believe was deleted from my blog in the mysterious blog purge of depressed laid-off posts. It republishes today, almost a year later, in a year without things. WASHINGTON, D.C., August 18, 2007 The unemployed know this – how the days can creep by, you, reading [...]

MORE

  • 19
  • Jul, 2007
  • 7
Eye Fatigue, So Eye Got Glasses

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN About Me, DC

Image not available

WASHINGTON, DC, July 19, 2007 My eyeballs hurt. My sockets are weary. I stare at my computer so long that my vision develops mirage spots … swervy spots that look like moisture evaporating off hot concrete. Sometimes, I get so I can’t read … the lines run together. On the metro, my eyes hurt; reading [...]

MORE

  • 20
  • Jun, 2007
  • 9
Street Brawl in DC:
A Case for Citizen Journalism

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN DC, Journalism & the Media

Image not available

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Washington, DC, June 20, 2007 Pandemonium. Lights flashing, a spiral of screaming, hysterical phone calls, a flash fire – combustible Columbia Heights – ignited. It was a war zone, ground zero – not a neighborhood, not even anything physical – hate.rage.fear.heat, low hanging, oppressive smoldering chemicals, waiting for the spark, flash point fire. [...]

MORE

  • 10
  • Jun, 2007
  • 5
‘Ghetto sun’ burns, Columbia Heights

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN DC

Image not available

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2007 I leave the light on, sometimes. When there’s a mouse in the house, or a six-legged scurry. I don’t actually think that the light keeps the vermin away, but it helps, when I wake with a start in the middle of the night – to be able to [...]

MORE

  • 07
  • Jun, 2007
  • 5
Three Shot, One Killed, Columbia Heights

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN DC

Image not available

WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2007 The shots rang out, staccato. Four, in rapid succession. DC’s Columbia Heights is a neighborhood of many noises: firecracker cackle, urgent sirens, basketball bounce, slow-fast-slow cadences – many noises, yes, but the sound of a gun is unmistakable. Clear. Certain. Four shots – one tunneling into the arm of a [...]

MORE

  • 23
  • May, 2007
  • 2
Ready for the check

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN About Me, DC

Image not available

WASHINGTON, DC, May 23, 2007 Her steps were jagged; harsh crisscrosses on uneven pavement, the too-fluid jangle of hep in her veins. She wore tight black jeans, and a tank, with a Michael Jackson-style fedora bent and tilted over one eye, fake diamond in her nose collecting DC sun, looking down with off-rhythm cadence: “Excuse [...]

MORE

  • 17
  • May, 2007
  • 1
The yuckiness of death

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN About Me, DC

Image not available

WASHINGTON, DC, May 17, 2007 Angie and I heard the snap! The snap of victory – for the kinda awesome-looking wooden mousetraps, laden with chunky Skippy and emblazoned ‘Victory’ 40s style. But the snap of victory meant the snap of a neck, for the furry vermin I’d seen scampering in the kitchen just moments before. [...]

MORE

  • 17
  • Apr, 2007
  • 2
I am a DC citizen

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN About Me, DC

Image not available

WASHINGTON, DC, April 17, 2007 So I did it – I’m now a denizen of no state – a DC resident, one of the few, broke and proud, in 68.3 sq mi (177.0 km²) of con(per)verted swampland. I surrendered my Georgia identity but not my fake accent, to join the half-million representation-less in the murky [...]

MORE

  • 15
  • Apr, 2007
  • 6
A wholesome day in DC

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN DC

Image not available

WASHINGTON, DC, April 15, 2007 Saturday morning found me heavy; head still thick of Friday’s Shiner Bock. The last thing I wanted to do was get up, but I did – up and out, still smoky in last night’s clothes. I’d gone to the Black Cat to see the Junior Boys the night before, and [...]

MORE