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There’s the state’s across-the-river association with D.C., subjugating it from across the Potomac, sheltering the Pentagon and the CIA, and housing the hordes of transient residents who come from other places to work in D.C., gridlocking the highways and necessitating the building of strip malls and superstores; I swear, the whole of Northern Virginia is one long traffic jam to IKEA.
We were rocketing down a main street of River Heights, flanked by strip malls and shopping centers.
In time the four-lane highway narrowed to a two-lane road that wound past towns and long strip malls with new stucco refacing and neon signs.
I whipped the Volvo into the parking lot of one of the thirty bazillion strip malls that line Lawrence Expressway and headed back toward Sheila and El Camino.