Saturday, October 2, 2010

Neighborhood cleanup

One of the corollaries of buying a house for $8000 is that your neighbors are frequently not of the most desirable nature. They have a tendency to be loud at night and quickly turn the dome light off in the car when they see the police arrive after being called at 2 AM because they were seeing a whole lot of people, one after the other, each having about one to two minutes of business to transact.

[Note: (1) the view here is to the south from the upstairs sunroom, where I had a commanding view of the entire affair, and (2) this new camera is really fantastic - nighttime shot, no flash, through a window, and it's not Time/Life quality, but definitely passable as documentation.]

Anyway, what blew my mind wasn't that I got to see my first drug bust. What blew my mind was that the police had to call the mother of the children in the back seat so she could take them home. I'd estimate their ages at 10, 5, and asleep under a blanket. But at least they had the booster seat for the 5-year-old! I mean, they weren't irresponsible.

Three guys were handcuffed and taken away, and there was at least one large plastic bag of some sort of substance on the top of the car at one point in the proceedings. I couldn't see a color, but from its apparent density (low) I'm guessing it was marijuana, not coke.

So that's one lot that won't be waking me up any more. Honestly - I don't care if people engage in a little free-market trade, just as long as they do it quietly when they're outside my window.

Update 10/5 from the police blotter of the local paper: "[cool name], 24, [some other town]: Possession of marijuana or hashish (Class D felony), Saturday, [the street outside my south windows]"


  1. You might want to redact the offender's name/address, if you want to hide your address. Otherwise, a google news search reveals the redacted info.

  2. Good point - thanks, fellow MeFite!

  3. Geez, even leaving his street address is enough. Even leaving the citation of the felony is enough, but that will lose relevance in a few days. Google is sometimes pretty scary.

  4. I'm told that the duplex apartment I'm living in now used to belong to a drug dealer; he kept his stash here and lived in the other half. It gave him some plausible deniability. He had a camera setup so he could see who was there.

    Fascinating the stories you come across when you're not in plain 'ol Suburbia.

  5. I'm pretty sure it goes on in plain old suburbia, too - it's just that nobody talks about it in case it lowers property values.

  6. Hey man, I read weapon brown. A lot of us do not get the "young / old " for better or worse visual. You figured it out, and JY even replied commenting on that as seen here:

    Can you please go to this link and explain teh young/old reference for the rest of us who are slower? Thank you!