Eating at Al’s/Hippies and Heroin

I was recently in Al’s, which reminded me of something that a friend of mine who’d spent time living in the Burlington area told me about my moving to his old stomping ground. “Oh,” he said. “It’s a lot like Portland (Maine), but with more hippies and heroin.” Al’s is one of the darkest first-world locations that I have ever been to, though every time I go, I have the most fun. When I moved here for a stint a little over a year ago, I’d walk to Al’s after hanging out at Higher Ground for a handful of beers and get some fries. I’d get stared down for being too awkward or effeminate for it being near to midnight. I enjoyed it a great deal and my return was worth-while. Double-cheese burger and fries. Skinny young woman with an invalid, arguing about the 22 cent cost of extra toppings. I look forward to getting fact on gray beef and frier grease.



  1. Posted August 20, 2007 at 2:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I moved to Burlington directly from Portland, and, in my experience, there was definitely more heroin there. Shit came right off the boats. Not that I’d know or anything.

    One thing I love about DC is no hippies!

  2. Posted August 23, 2007 at 7:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I could be the circles I’m traveling in these days but i’ve been seeing much less heroin in Burlington in the last year or two, and much more cocaine. But that’s probably saying more about my cocain addiction, than the fact that i’ve been heroin free for a year… Thanks Jesus!

  3. Posted October 2, 2007 at 6:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Congrats on getting that Junk Monkey off your back Tanner–I know how much you like to jack that skag.

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