Bang goes the neighbourhood
August 19, 2007 9:27am CST
My partner is developing a very bad sense of timing. We live in what appears to be a lovely place by day. Neat gardens, not much graffiti or litter, neighbours look after each other. At night something seems to change. He is doing some work on a family home at the moment so gets home late, recovers from the drive then gets his tools from the car. About a fortnight ago he nearly got eaten by an enormous alsation and a policeman hurried over and asked if he would mind staying inside for a while . . . Hmmmm with jaws like that snarling at him he didn't mind at all. Last night he went out to get his tools from the car and there was a police wagon and two men walking up the street identified themselves as plain clothes police and started asking him all sorts of questions, because they had just "lost" whoever they had been after. It was 2am and they asked him "do you always come outside at this time in the morning . . ." I know they need to do their job, but honestly! You can't get your own possessions from your own car outside your own home without 20 questions. For a change my Partner was not too annoyed at being questioned he was pleased he got the scoop on what was occurring. What worries me is that I am virtually deaf. That is twice in two times he has gone outside and this has happened. What on earth occurs out there when I am home alone?
24 Aug 07
Trouble is the neighbours work shifts so I am often alone in the block. It doesn't actually bother me, being alone, as it means nobody is going to want me to cook for them or investigate why their electricity has fused (why me????) It just worries me that actually I DO live in a decent neighbourhood, what is the rest of the country like?
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19 Aug 07
Usually when something like that occurs it means there has been a few break-ins in the area. It would be terribly frustrating but I would be very grateful for them being out there. It means your house is much less likely to be robbed. You have to admit though, getting tools out of your car at 2 am would look a bit suspicious! LOL
24 Aug 07
I am more worried that they are out there so often. I can't hear if anything is going on out there and I have been asking around, and this is becoming a regular event. Police, dogs etc. Because he avoids the traffic my partner often arrives home in the early hours, comes in for a cup of tea and a rest then goes out and gets all his tools in out of the car as we like to keep them in the flat. We are insured but it would cost a lot of money to replace the tools, and after the activity out there we feel it is even more pressing to bring them in. Actually it is quite a palaver trying to get everything in without making any noise and a pesky dog about two doors away usually manages to howl like a banshee at some point, no matter how quiet we try to be :-)
24 Aug 07
I am a fanatic locker upper and I don't even have the windows open at night since some brats put lit matches through the window in the first week I lived here. The problem with impaired hearing is that you can not tell if anything is going on outside. A lady was murdered two streets away so I am in hyper lock up mode at the moment and if there is nobody else in the block I don't even put the rubbish out.