In 1982, before the phone company had been broken up, i went to apply for credit at the AT&T offices in our nations capital.
A couple of weeks before i had gotten a job at BDM corporation which is a technical services company located near Tysons Corner in Virginia. In other words this was a defense contractor AKA a beltway bandit.
A pleasant woman from the phone company asked me a series of questions to determine if i was eligible for credit from one of the worlds largest regulated monopolies.
She asked me where i worked and i replied simply “BDM”
“And what do you do?” She asked.
“We kill people.” i replied
She without pausing, she dutifully wrote down my answer.
It was at this point that i realized what was unique about this town. And it was when i discovered what the DC really stood for.
I also got the phone.