|Dodging traffic in Annandale: a screen shot from the video by Angelo Mike.|
Angelo Mike doesn’t actually hate Annandale – despite the hilarious video he made titled “Welcome to the Shithole of Annandale VA,” which got to the top spot on the video page on Reddit a couple of days ago. And that’s a big deal because Reddit’s the website that bills itself as the “the front page of the internet.”
That’s the same You Tube video Angelo made a couple of years ago and was posted on the Annandale Blog in December 2014. Angelo just recently reposted it on Reddit and it went viral. “Once something gets a little traction, it gets some momentum,” he says.
|Angelo appears in the video as Annandale founder "John Borehead Annandale, whose brain was rotted by syphilis."|
The less-than-two-minute video has been viewed over 1.257 million times as of May 18. Annandale, Angelo says in the voiceover, “functions as a funnel for the dregs of society,” and while the camera shows litter, a bottle of yellow liquid, and a dead rat in the street, he calls Annandale “this miserable ashtray of a town soaked with urine.”
“Clearly Annandale is not the worst place in the world,” says Angelo, a 31-year-old part-time security guard and videographer with 949 videos on his FlyingOverTr0ut channel on You Tube. The intent was just to “put comment to my frustration,” he says. “It’s a little bit silly. I want to make people laugh. I don’t believe in being mean about it. No one’s going to mistake this for a documentary.”
“The joke’s on me in the end,” he says, referring to the “kill me” text that appears on the screen at the end of the video.
Most of Angelo’s videos feature his interactions with his mom, Angela Mike, a feisty, opinionated Greek lady who loves to cook. He usually eggs her on in a voiceover, but she’s a good sport and has amassed her own bunch of fans on You Tube. “Sometimes she gets annoyed with me but she always ends up going for it. She’s always down to do anything,” he says. “People like her.”
Angelo actually only lived in Annandale for the past two years, although he spent his whole life in Northern Virginia (in Arlington, Falls Church, and Fairfax) and attended Bishop O’Connell High School and Marymount University.
He currently lives on Elan Court in Annandale, but has to move and is looking for someone who needs a roommate. This is because of another hilarious video he made about his horrible apartment. Titled “Welcome to the Shithole of 4456 Elan Court,” the video lets the viewer get up close and personal with the filthy toilet, glued-on doorknob on the front door, broken stove burners, and more.
The landlord didn’t think it was so funny, though, and is kicking him out. “She got negative and attacked me personally. She doesn’t have a sense of humor,” he says. “Yeah, it sucks.”
If he leaves Annandale, will he want to come back? Probably just to shop at the Dollar Tree, he says.