You don't really expect it in your neighborhood, or in your driveway, or in your GARAGE!! Yesterday while I was loading up the Jeep, I forgot to shut the garage door for about 30 minutes. Pretty soon I heard a door shut and the dogs starting barking up a storm. Thank goodness for puppies. Not seeing anyone out the front window, I went around to the side to find some kid on a skateboard INSIDE my garage.
He's lucky he's alive. I grabbed my gun and pulled back the window shade where he could clearly see me. He jumped on his skateboard and made a beeline for the street with me hot on his tail. Later in the day I spotted a skateboard in the yard of a house four doors down. It was probably just a nosey neighbor teenager, but I'm willing to bet he won't be trying that again. I kind of like being the crazy lady with a gun!!
I double and triple checked everything in the garage ... especially making sure all my door openers were still in the vehicles. Nothing was missing, thanks to the puppies who have super hearing.
The very next morning some guy held up a Valero gas station about three miles away, then hit the Circle K about a mile from my house. Good grief ... this is getting ridiculous!! Are you SURE there isn't a full moon?? I keep my doors locked at all times.
Then there was the prison incident. Apparently this was never advertised as a maximum security prison, even though it was built that way. Who would know that information unless you worked there, right? I actually have a friend who is a guard at that establishment. He tells me all kinds of stories about the ineptness of the Federal Prison system. Those stories have always kept me on guard, plus you KNOW I watch all those Cop shows.
It's been there for a long time now with no escapes. Trouble is, there is always the FIRST. It happened last week. Not that I think an escaped prisoner would come to my house, after all, there are hundreds of houses between the prison and me. I keep my doors locked anyway.
The BIG problem was that the Prison decided NOT ... I repeat ... NOT to notify anyone of the escape for over four hours, putting all of us in this area at risk. I don't know the details ... something about there not being a guard in the tower when the guy climbed the fence.
The County Sheriff wasn't a happy camper when he was asked to help catch the guy, since HE wasn't notified of the escape either. The good news is that they DID catch him and he was returned to his new digs in the Shoe ... solitary confinement .... bread and water.
I'm sure that didn't bode well for the Prison Warden. Somebody got a big red X on his evaluation. I have no doubt security will be MUCH better ... at least for awhile.
I spent the evening at the Elks Cattlemen's dinner. Cowboys know how to do it up right. They had appetizers ... no one ever has appetizers!! I'm sure some wished there WASN'T any when they heard what they were eating. Calf fries, rocky mountain oysters ... you know, the parts from making a bull into a steer. That's something I'm pretty used to, having been raised on a cattle ranch. They were a tad overcooked, but I think that was an attempt to disguise what they really were.
Then they served the biggest rib eye steak I've ever seen. It covered 3/4 of the plate and I brought 3/4 of it home, along with half a baked potato and a passel of green beans. That will be TWO more meals for me.
This morning I'm back on sprinkler detail. It seems the Castle Ghost is still lurking in the shadows. I made double sure that my sprinklers would NOT run on Friday when the mowers and blowers show up. Sure enough, they ran this morning anyway. I'm now thinking it must have the wrong DATE. I'll check it out, and I'll carry a baseball bat when I do .... you know, just in case.