I had an interesting experience today. We have a road around our little lake and there are a few homes built on it. I noticed a dark blue pick-up truck starting around the lake on the opposite side from where I live. It stopped at every house. It was not a truck I recognized. At every house it stopped and cased the place. When it go to my side of the lake I went to the porch railing and leaned out and gave a big BIRD to the occupants plus the words "FUCK YOU!" There is no way they could have failed to get my meaning. The guy riding shotgun looked up at me and displayed a camera, probably a movie camera of some sort. It was pretty good sized so I figured it to be a movie type. I have a little habit of watching people. People who are acting normally don't hardly rate a glance, but when someone is doing things out of the ordinary it gets my attention. This is a little tip for those of you who might be interested in a little bit of security. Do not depend on someone else to do anything about a mysterious visitor. Be prepared to do it yourself. About three weeks ago a couple right across from us got a small rowboat stolen during the night. Ain't seen it since. But is anyone looking for thieves? Anyone looking at suspicious folk prowling the neighborhood? I am.
My friend Cliff down in Georgia says there has been an instance or two groups of men wearing T-shirts that say POLICE on the front and back and they have some flashy badges they wear. The local Chief of Police was called about this and said if there was not any cars out front showing flashing lights then it is not the police and he may as well go thin the herd out a bit. Sounds reasonable to me. But is the gang element getting it going before we have a real emergency called? Could very goddamn well be. The no-knock days are over for me. I have lived here for 40 years and there is no reason to be making any middle-of-the-night visits to my house. The cops can act civilized or they can take cover like criminals. Don't make me no never mind.
But this kind of stuff has got to be contained and gotten under control or we will become the laughing stock of the criminal element. I have guns, a ball bat, several canes, some very sharp knives, and a generally bad attitude. Don't come messing with me or my fellow villagers or you will catch hell. And I mean that. We have some fine kids growing up here and some fine people and I for one will not tolerate anyone tampering with them. Stay alive.