Friday, November 18, 2005

I know I live in the ghetto, but…

This is really funny… I came home wed. night to find a lady who lives below me with her rear windshield knocked out. It was obvious it happened there (glass everywhere) so I assumed she didn’t know about it. It was 10:30pm so I was afraid of waking her 7 yr. old son but also knew she wouldn’t want to find out at 6:30am when she usually leaves in the morning. (not to the funny part yet – sorry)

So Diana and I were helping her clean it up and I got her window covered with duct tape and trash bags. While we were cleaning she mentioned earlier she saw a guy rolling a TV behind our building (said it was too heavy to carry). Right about then another guy pulled up to place and mentioned his friend was on his way home b/c he received a phone call saying his front door was open.

So… I suggested he go a make sure his TV was still there and to no surprise… it was gone (along with speakers, x-box, and audio receiver). So when the guy got home we asked the lady whose car got broken into what the guy looked like. Sounded a lot like a guy who we knew lived in the building next door.

Next we called the police but since it took them over 50 minutes to get there (different post altogether), my neighbor decided to go and look in the back window of the guy who is now… our suspect. Two minutes later he walks up yelling… “the @#*%$ has my stuff sitting on his back porch…”

And the winner for the 2005 Trailwood Heights least smartest crime… the guy who lives in the building next to me…

So seriously… this guy robbed his neighbor who lived 100yrds away and left the stuff sitting outside on his back porch… Unbelievable… it’s official… I live in crazy town. I know there are some problems with me making light of a troubled guy in a troubled place to live… but sometimes life makes you laugh…

The cops showed up and went through whatever normal procedures are... not sure of the final outcome, yet...

The night turned out well as ten of us from our apartment building ended up hanging out til 2:00 in the morning. It was nice to hang out with neighbors that I spend nowhere close to enough time with. So that was the up side to the evening…

Until next time… Don’t steal a car and hide it in your driveway two doors down…

Love and Peace,

-J

2 comments:

Chris Marlow said...

For some reason, I think its time for you to sell your condo...I know a really good REALTOR....!

Also, I'm SO FREAKING Jealous that you are going to U2 :)

Byron said...

Jason,

Reminds me of stories I read in "Jesus in the Margins". No telling where the relationships you deepened that night will lead. What an adventure we are on, and I'm glad to have people like you and your wife in the same community, sharing some of the same dusty path.
I know it might sound crazy to many, especially here in Cary, but I envy your proximity to "real people". So many out here in suburbia are so plastic, so perfect , that nothing seems to bring us together in an authentic way. Unfortunately the only thing that seems to do the trick, that forces us to let our guards down and be real with each others is some sort of tragedy, like a hurricane or ice storm where the power goes out for a couple of days.
Now, I don't want to wish a tragedy on anyone, but like the incident in your neighborhood that night illustrated, natural disasters and the like seem to be the only things that get us to "love each other as ourselves" if even in miniscule fashion. For these too brief glimmering moments in time we become more human and like the masterpieces that this God of the Bible you speak about created us to be. And that, my good friend, is a truly beautiful thing, worthy of envy.