Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Neighborhood Watch (aka The Joy of Homecoming Week)
It's 9:45pm and I'm heading out the door for my evening run in a few moments. Tonight I'm on a mission. Details when I return.
Update 11:30pm. All appears to be quiet out on the Tundra so far this evening. Last night was not the case. It's homecoming week for the DCG Mustangs and that means a good number of pranksters have been making the rounds. Usually you would see a number of homes get TP'd or a house might end up with a mass of "For Sale" signs in its yard. This year things are turning destructive as the Juniors and Seniors try to out do each other.
At 3:30 this morning my wife(who was on her way to work)woke me up to inform me that our sons car was covered in vegetable oil and flour. I got up and sure enough she was right. So I decided to wash his car before I went to work. Now the cooler weather here means that the windows were covered in dew. Instictively I turned on the wipers. The blades smeared oil across the windshield and now I could not see out of the car.
Very cautiously I drove to the wash. The pranksters had been there too. Bags of flour were smashed all over the parking lot. When I went to use the foaming wand I discovered just how premeditated these pranksters were. The wands were also covered in vegetable oil. As ticked off as I was, that did make me chuckle a bit. Still the idea of other students getting in their cars and trying to drive to school with a smeared windshield haunted my morning. Our high school is out on a two lane highway which is not the best place for teen drivers to begin with. Along that 10 mile stretch of road we have a fatality or serious accident every year. We have a nephew that nearly died in a head on collision a few years back because another student threw a pop bottle out of a car window and he swerved to avoid it. So I take the driving safety of our local kids very seriously.
I caught wind that tonight the juniors were going to seek revenge by egging senior cars around town. I did not notice anything suspicious while I was out. I did however notice that the presence of our sheriff's department has been stepped up this afternoon and evening. So that has been my day. Hope yours has been better.
I updated the map in the right hand column. At present I am north of Atlanta. When I last added things up I was about 100 miles behind the Orlando goal. I will work on researching that goal in the days ahead.
Be sure to check out TDC #21 for Lisa's Toonfest report. It's a longer than average show but it flies right by. Fabulous job Lisa!
Posted by Jeff W at 9:45 PM