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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Don't Go Back to Rockville... Er, Silver Spring... Um, Wheaton

What interests me most about yesterday's arrest of Chinese-Mexican businessman Zhenli Ye Gon just outside Washington, DC isn't the fact that U.S. drug cops are calling him part of "the largest single drug cash seizure the world has ever seen." Instead, it's this:
When the law caught up with Ye Gon on Monday night, his weeks on the lam ended in an Asian restaurant on Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton -- in P.J. Rice Bistro, in Westfield Wheaton mall, near a Ruby Tuesday and a JCPenney.
So now it's Wheaton Yesterday it was Rockville. Or maybe Silver Spring.

The funny* thing is that this isn't some sort of reporting error. I don't know anyone who knows where one city ends and the next begins**.

Even the phone company doesn't know, as evidenced by the fact that when my girlfriend's mom calls our place, our caller ID identifies her as calling from Silver Spring (even though she pays her taxes in Rockville). Google maps refuses to give Wheaton the time of day (note the search term and the search result), even though the state of Maryland acknowledges it as a place (albeit an unincorporated one).

Don't go back? I'm not sure I've even been.

*Possibly funny, at least to people in the DC area.

**I lived for a brief time in Kensington, Md., which -- if it's even a real place -- somehow manages to fit itself snugly inside the Wheaton/Rockville/Silver Spring trifecta.