Don’t freak, he’s not super close to my neighborhood. He’s super close to my old apartment (like, half a block away), but my new apartment is a good mile and a half out of range.
So, here’s a weird thing! There’s a serial killer in my neighborhood. He killed a nice older retired man walking his dog last Sunday morning on the sidewalk across the street from one of my friend’s houses (she was in back moving furniture when it happened, and came around the front to a dead body and a million police cars), and he killed a nice young man who worked at the grocery store the next night in the park by my old apartment.
The alderman and the mayor and the local police are all kind of scrambling. According to the police, they now have 40 detectives working on this one case. FORTY!!!! Plus the FBI and the ATF. How do they even fit in the same room together? I’m picturing a clown car effect as they all try to squeeze in around the same conference table, and then get stuck in the door on the way out.
They also keep saying in announcements either that the police are “blanketing” the neighborhood, or “saturating” the neighborhood, and I just want them to pick one metaphor or the other. Is it a prickly blanket of police officers, or a flowing river of police officers?
They told us to be aware of our surroundings, walk in groups, don’t look at your cell phone, etc. etc., the same thing they always tell you in police safety briefings. And which is completely useless in this case (he sneaks up and shoots you from behind, doesn’t matter if you are aware of your surroundings or not), but I guess it’s good general advice and they feel like they might as well repeat it while people are listening.
The big bold print police order from the announcement was “don’t isolate yourself in your home!” As in, go about your normal life and don’t lock up your doors and windows and huddle inside with all the lights out. But it got my back up immediately, because I refuse to take orders from the police!
Who are they to tell me what to do???? I was isolating myself in my home even before the serial killer showed up, I’m not going to stop now just because the police tell me not to! If I want to stay home and watch movies with my dog, I’m gonna do that! No police officer is gonna force me out into the world!
(I’m gonna stay home and watch pretty songs from movies about serial killers instead!)
So, there’s that in my life. What’s up in yours?