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Snipers and such

I guess I've grown jaded over the course of my life. But the serial sniper in the DC and VA area doesn't surprise me. In fact, it doesn't even shock me that much. You see I did part of my growing up in that area. Northern Virginia specifically. And growing up there pretty much meant coming to expect a certain level of violence and mayhem in the local news. After all, we were there when the Air Florida flight 90 crashed into the 14th Street bridge then slid over into the icy waters of the Potomac. In fact, my dad had just come over that bridge 5 minutes before the plane crash on his way home from work. In 1981, when I was in High School, there was a serial pipe bomber stalking our planned community. in all I think 7 kids were injured or killed by the pipe bombs that they accidentally set off while playing in the nearby woods. The culprit, an army veteran was finally tracked down and arrested living in the the same woods in a shallow culvert. In 1982, when we were at swim team practice, we discovered a body in the woods just outside our community pool. Turns out it was a murder/rape victim. In 83 while eating Burrito Supremes at Taco Bell, two friends and I witnessed a man getting his head blown open at point blank range with a .357 by another man.

So we became accustomed to that sort of thing. That area just had more than it's share of violence. And over time and not living there anymore, I've just come to view it as a type of disaster that is common to that area. Like NC has hurricanes and CA has earthquakes and the Midwest has tornadoes...DC has violence. Just anotehr reason I'm happy not to be living there anymore.

Not that I'm not sympathetic. I can imagine the feeling of fear people must have there about not being able to carry out their daily routines.

My Dad told me he and Mom had eaten at that very same Ponderosa steakhouse in Ashland last week on their trip back from Pax River. He had about the same reaction as I did to the whole thing.



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Oct. 22nd, 2002 12:52 pm (UTC)
Missing the Chesapeake Bay
I was in Pax River often summers just before/during college. I worked for a defense contractor in the Hampton Rhodes area, and we often traveled to the NAS there.
Oct. 22nd, 2002 12:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Missing the Chesapeake Bay
Yeah, I miss some things about that area too. Especially when I have to spend $14.99 a pound for crab legs out here. But there are a lot of things I don't miss too!


Oct. 22nd, 2002 02:09 pm (UTC)
[Overly Sarcastic Mode ON]
But now it's Terrorism! We must be ever-vigilant in our fight against Terrorism! If you don't react with a feeling of outrage and hysteria and hang onto every press conference about The Sniper then The Terrorists have won!
[Mode OFF]

What gets me is Cabarrus County having lockdown drills because of this. Maybe if I'm feeling mischievous I'll post what I remember of the lockdown guidelines. Personally, I think they have more to fear from rabid NASCAR fans than snipers, but then I use my brain on a regular basis.
Oct. 22nd, 2002 02:51 pm (UTC)
Of not for the fact that so many people have been needlessly killed in this thing, I would laugh really hard if we find out it's not about terrorism at all but the fact that in the thrid grade, some bully beat this kid up for his milk money and he finally just had enough one day and went postal.


Oct. 22nd, 2002 04:21 pm (UTC)
Interesting how "going postal" has become an actual word that people understand.
Anyway, I found out a bit ago that my dad passed up a few promotions due to the fact that he would have to move to D.C. One or two of them my mom didn't even know about. Apparently it wasn't even an option.
Oct. 23rd, 2002 07:00 am (UTC)
Good man. After my Dad retired from the Marine Corps after 30 years in 87, he and Mom moved to the coast of NC. He was offered scads of jobs in and around DC but after 8 years of living there he said he'd had more than enough. I gotta say, he's been more at peace and easy to get along with in the last 15 years than I've ever seen him.

Going Postal is a funny one. I've a friend who is a postal worker and who owns more guns than anyone I know. And he's none too steady so whenever someone says "going postal" all I have to do is think of Robbie and I completely understand.

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