Thursday, September 03, 2009


For Floridians all summer and into the fall is hurricane season. Any plans we make we have one eye on the weather and what might be happening in the Atlantic. It’s just par for the course. So there is a little built-in anxiety hovering in the background most of the time.

Yesterday we received a reverse 911 call from the local police department informing us there has been a rash of residential and automobile burglaries in our area. We were asked to be sure our cars are locked at all times, to lock all our windows and doors of our homes and to keep our outside perimeter lights on all night long. I am grateful that the police are warning us about this and I even thanked them for the information.

So now we aren’t just a little edgy about the weather but also we have to be edgy about trying to keep our homes and cars safe. I remember the days when my mom and dad never locked our home. No one bothered to in the neighborhood. I’m not sure what happened since then but if it hadn’t there would be a little less anxiety in this world and in our lives right now.


Blogger Ricky Shambles said...

I actually live in a 'burb right now where leaving the door unlocked is not all that uncommon for a quick trip to the store. Nosy neighbors and overbearing police can be good for something.

I've recently had a brother-in-law move to Jacksonville and a brother move to L.A., and hurricanes and earthquakes have absconded with a larger than expected amount of my net worry.

Good luck with the neighborhood.

September 03, 2009 6:52 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Don't let the Heston brigade read this, you'll be getting mailers for 20% off assault rifles. Be safe amidst the loony world.

September 03, 2009 7:56 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

But if you've locked everything, then maybe you shouldn't worry so much.

As for hurricanes, well -- there's not a lot that worrying can do about them.

Be safe, Pop.

September 03, 2009 12:31 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

sorry about the man-made anxiety producer. be careful and snug yourself in.

I feel so lucky to be living near Tampa [though I'm frantically knocking wood as I type this]. most hurricanes pass us by even when the spaghetti shows us in the bullseye.

September 03, 2009 2:23 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

pop- i guess i wonder who doesn't lock up at night- and if you don't- why not? not only do i lock up- i have those door guards that go under the door knobs so no one can push the door in. i sleep well. :) of course, we don't have hurricanes in upstate new york- just floods.

September 03, 2009 7:01 PM  
Blogger isabelita said...

I sympathize over your neighborhood crime stats; up here in Seattle, our little 'hood has been plagued forever by car break-ins and thefts, home burglaries, break-ins, rapes, even a mugging or two, a murder years ago, in our nice single-family area. We were told that the car thievery rings drop off carloads of young kids, juvies, to learn their break-in trade. I caught a couple of them once.
It's a bummer price of livng in an overpopulated world...

September 04, 2009 10:05 AM  

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