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Marilee J. Layman

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09:02 pm: Eight Police Cars
I was only out a couple of hours and I saw eight police cars. Normal would have been one, maybe. I saw four of ours from the City, three from the county, and an unmarked state police car. I wonder what was going on.

When I went out and got the paper I saw a guy who looked like an FBI backgrounder going down the center steps. A few minutes later, as I was skimming the front pages of the paper, I heard a knock on Luke's door. So I opened my door, said hello, examined his ID, and invited him in. He was checking background for another former neighbor, and besides answering his questions, I was able to tell him who had lived here at the same time. He said he'd probably come back tonight to get info from the others. Of course, what I hadn't thought about was that there was a dirty plate on the kitchen floor (Shiva had still been eating when I opened the door -- he fled to the castle) and a dead piece of cheese near the hallway (Spirit didn't eat all of her cheese last night). Still, the condo probably looks like I'm sane.

Then I took the unmade seed box to Public Works and went on to Kaiser to pick up, finally, the papers the doctor filled out for private disability. The date on the form I filled out was 7/30. His was 10/2. When I went to the pho place on Wednesday, I noticed a Hard Time Cafe & Cues at the shopping center on one of the other corners. They started in Alexandria and I used to go a lot when I was well. Now they have other locations, and this new one near Kaiser! So I had lunch there. Chili mac three ways (terlingua red chili) and onion rings. That was good. And they had CNN on facing me (muted) and I saw the ratings showed that Biden had a substantial rise and Palin a substantial decrease post-debate.

Then I came home and picked up mail and as I went into the house, I realized I didn't have the envelope from Kaiser. I'd taken it into the restaurant so I could read what he wrote and then didn't take it with me. So I went back and as soon as the server saw me, she pulled it out of the host's stand. And I came home again. The good part of it was that this is the self-stick closing kind of envelope and Spirit loves those. She already has this one in three pieces and it will be at least double that by morning. I copied it all for myself and filed that, and set the envelope up to go into the mail when I go out next.

In the mail was the new SFBC flyer, which is clearly marked "Horror" and Quezada talks about "screaming like a little girl" in his column. This must be why they have Paul of Dune as a featured selection. I was flipping through, not expecting to see anything I liked (I put Gaiman's The Graveyard Book on hold at the library; it's probably not something I want to read more than once -- I'm eighth in the hold list) and there's a book offered on how to make dolls out of socks. Really. It says Exclusive Hardcover, so let's see if it's out there in TPB.... Yep, cheaper at Amazon, paperback, and a different cover, but the same book. I don't see this as being stfnal, and it's hard to imagine they ran out of books to advertise. I wonder if the upper company has a crafts book club, too.

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From:capemaynuts
Date:October 4th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
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Only 8 cops? LOL I see that many on my way back and forth to my kids' school! Ok, so really I just saw the same 4 cars twice..... they were doing a domestic dispute arrest only a block from the school. They could have been on an episode of "Cops". There was the bleach blonde wearing too tight clothes in handcuffs screaming at the skinny beaten up boyfriend. Both looked like they were high or drunk. The theme song "Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?" was stuck in my head the rest of the day. LOL
If the FBI guy was worth his salt, I'm sure he figured out PDQ that you had at least one cat. The dish on the floor would have clued him that you had some sort of small pet. No yelping dog, so that leaves a cat, which are notorious for hiding.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 4th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
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Well, some of the cars had more than one officer, but it really is unusual to see so many in just a few hours here. What, you didn't stop and shoot video of the arrest? LOL

Oh, I said, as I gathered the sheet off the couch, that I was giving him a cat-fur-free couch, so I'm sure he knew. I'm just so used to being here alone that I sometimes evaluate just what other people see!
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From:capemaynuts
Date:October 4th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
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I didn't have time or the inclination. My dd is on the safety patrol and has to be at school by 8:10 to watch the kids at the breakfest program. The only reason I even took any note of it, was because the whole thing was only a block away from the back of the school. It's a rather clean cut, upper middle class neighborhood, so seeing what looked like a a "Cops" episode was noteworthy. But I sure didn't stick around to watch.
But we do see cops fairly regularly. I live a block off a major county road and a block from the town line. So both towns patrol down my street all the time.
I have seen a major drug bust go down right in front of my house. The drug runners were stopped in front of my house after being chased for about 15 miles by 4 different towns and the county cops. The amazing thing was how quiet the entire thing was, even with a dozen cop cars and all the officers. The only reason we even knew anything was going on, was because my dh stepped outside to have a smoke. But it was neat to watch them search the drug car and find the secret compartment (great sniffer dogs!)where the kilo of cocaine was hidden. But this was several years ago. Other then the occasional heart attack and break in, its normally very quiet.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 4th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
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I live two blocks off a major state route, but it slows down as it goes through our little city center (and splits into two one-way roads), and generally the only reason we see flashing lights here is if the EMTs are coming for one of us old gimpy people. I wouldn't think twice about seeing even two police cars, particularly since I was out into the county yesterday, but eight is just way more than usual.
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