Saturday, September 26, 2015

CITIZENS ARREST!!!---HERE IN THE HOOD

I LOVE living on the edge of the downtown--an old neighborhood--front porches--swings--big trees--neighbors so close you know when their bathroom light goes on.  Watching the comings & goings---watching the children growing--hearing all the neighborhood drama.  IT IS ALL GOOD!



photo credit: Rodger Mallison

BUT--with close proximity to downtown--comes questionable characters wandering The Hood at times.  What these characters don't seem to realize is someone is always awake---and someone is ALWAYS watching.  We live on the edge of the Trinity Trail--but you have to take a path leading through questionable territory to enter the trail.  I NEVER walk alone at night down this path--and have even had questionable encounters in broad daylight.  This path seems to attract the local drug salesman--and I am NOT referring to our favorite pharmaceutical sales people.  These shady business deals are not the only dark activity in The Hood.  It seems our homes are being cased for the possibility of robbery quite frequently.. They like to steal really valuable stuff like your plants and lawn furniture---

ALL this clandestine activity, leads to an active self deputized "Citizens Posse", who consider it their DUTY to protect The Hood .  A flurry of emails began flying recently.  A car "which did not belong" was spotted with dented and prime painted fenders and no driver visible--only a passenger slunk down low.  OH--it was LATE at night--I had already gone to bed.  One neighbor spots them, another neighbor makes the block to get the license number, and still another neighbor here in Mayberry  The Hood gives pursuit to the perpetrators and chases them out of the area.  The police were called---but the suspects got away.




Fast forward to the next night---OH YES---I have already gone to bed (HEY I HAVE BEEN GETTING UP AT 4-5 AM)---and the car is spotted on my street--a few doors down.  OBVIOUSLY these characters are NOT geniuses since they come back the next night and only move over a couple of streets.  The emails fly--the police are called, Andy & Barney  the neighborhood patrol car arrests the perps, search the car, and tow the vehicle, while the posse neighbors stand on their porches watching.  Said neighbors then report by email to the entire citizenry of The Hood the satisfactory result of the arrest.

Moral of the story--

DONTCHA BE MESSEN ROUND IN THE HOOD!


18 comments:

  1. Not sure how much of this is true, and how much tongue in cheek, Lulu.

    Is it really that bad where you live? I'm so sorry to hear it. Take care my friend.

    God bless.

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    1. All true, Victor! Not to worry - I sm loaded for bear as the old saying goes another way of saying I have the piece(peace) of protection.Remember I turn into the grouchy old lady when provoked - NOT one you would care to mess with!
      Weekend Blessings, Friend!

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    2. Wow ... I worry for you, Lulu. But on a lighter note ...

      Years ago we lived elsewhere and we had a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. We were all encouraged to look out for suspect cars or strange people in the neighbourhood and report it to a central number. We were also asked to look out for each others' houses for tell-tale signs of trouble - like milk bottles not being collected, (in those days milk was delivered to your doorstep in bottles every day), or we'd look out for newspapers delivered but not taken in, and so on.

      One evening at about 10pm a friend and I were walking home from the pub. Our neighbours, husband and wife couple, lived in a bungalow near us. As we approached their house we noticed that their bedroom light was on, (the bedroom was at the front facing the street), and the curtains had not been drawn shut. To our surprise, our neighbours were in bed "enjoying themselves".

      In their moment of passion they had not noticed the curtains were open and with the lights on they were providing a full show to anyone passing by. They certainly gave the term Neighbourhood Watch a new meaning that night.

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    3. OH, VICTOR! My laugh for the day!!!

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    4. I tell you ... we didn't know what to do. We stood there and took notes to improve our performance.

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  2. {{Big, Big, smiles}}}---Oh Lulu, I about spat out my coffee. We were just discussing the illegal activity going around in our hood...sad to say....crime is on the rise. And the kind of crime I mean is drug sales. AND not the pharmaceutical sales either, LOLOLOL. Blessings sweet friend...

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    1. I am wondering if our friend from across the pond, Victor, will understand my double entendre-in my reply to him? Well I know you get it since you lived in the south -it's good to have piece ( there I go again) of mind- she is always ready to go!
      Happy Saturday, Friend!

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    2. No ... missed it. What double entendre? You're not on about James Deanish again are you?

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    3. The piece/peace of protection---might possibly refer to some sort of weapon of protection---a piece here in America is gang talk for a gun. NOT ADMITTING anything here---merely saying I feel very safe!

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    4. Advice from Barney..,concerning your "piece"
      Andy: What are you doing Barney?
      Barney: gun-drawing practice...10 minute every day. If I ever have to use this baby, I want to teach it to come to papa in a hurry.

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    5. Victor, I was a country girl until I moved to the city---we took protection from varmints of all kinds out in the sticks serious!
      Vannie---LAUGHING!

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    6. One must have protection, Victor and yes, I caught it, Lulu, giggling. It is our second amendment rights, which are slowly eroding away here in the U.S. Never mind, another topic for another day.

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  3. Advice from Barney about the "piece"...
    Andy: what are you doing Barney?
    Barney: Gun-drawing lessons, 10 minutes every day. If I ever have to use this baby, I want to teach it to come to papa in a hurry.

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  4. Very lively post and exchanges today!!! Love your "The Hood" stories and that Victor is quite the character. Sleep safe with piece, er peace!!! love you!!!

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    1. You have to savor the humor in life- right ! Don't know if Bictor quite knows what to think of his friends from across the pond! Love you too, Sweet Friend!

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  5. We have a lot of 'piece' in our home too. I always carry. Our quiet little country nook is starting to experience problems with illegal activity. It's the financial depression. People are out of work, kids have no education and no future, etc. Anyway, if I catch the little perps they'll wish it was the cops that found 'em. That's all I'm going to say. Stay safe on your walks.
    Hope your day is blessed. ~:)

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    1. Think we might be shocking our friend from across the pond, Sparky. He didn't know about is country girls.
      Blessings, Friend!

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