Background: We live on a tiny street. It’s a dead end. There are currently three occupied houses. There is a house that has been foreclosed and abandoned at the end for around 8 years. There used to be a house next to ours but it was razed and a used car lot expanded. Said car lot included a massage parlor. Right! We are off the service road of a major highway. On the other corner there is a building that used to be a Sons of Italy hall. One day when I was at work I saw a headline on the news. Either the Gallos or Gambinos were stopped in a bomb plot because the hall wasn’t cutting them in on the illegal gambling. The Feds closed it down. It then became a computer place. Well, not really. It and the car lot massage parlor were closed for prostitution. We thought we still had the illegal gambling.
Now, as I have blogged, I have had problems with my husband who when he is sober is seriously the best people. However, when he’s not…. I have had the police here roughly about 20 times. Once the cops said, “Weren’t we here already today?” No, that was across the street. So, across the street, they have come but not as often. However, a few years ago, they had a SWAT Team. The one neighbor, Vinny, who may be the only normal family on the block would do nothing about the car lot. No, don’t mess with the Mafia. The same response when our garbage isn’t picked up or our street plowed. We approached him about the massage parlor. Same answer. Man, you have a 12 year old daughter, at the time. “We have a dog.” The SWAT team house had homeless friends and asked Vinny if they could stay in the abandoned house next to him. No problem. Uh? Squatters? My husband went ballistic and had that shut down.
Now, SWAT team house has a renter. He is white but has dreads and piercings. If you have read me, he is the owner of the chicken that crossed the road.
We have woods behind us. Vinny and our family feed feral cats. We both have taken in some of them. There’s been a new sleek one that we have been feeding. He thinks he lives at our house and literally knocks on the door to be fed. We recently found out that it is Dread’s aka Greg’s cat, aptly named Mr. Cat.
Vinny’s daughter doesn’t go to school in our neighborhood. The schools are not bad but mixed. She recently changed to a bus. Vinny stopped and asked my husband about Greg. He saw him walking around and was concerned. He was looking for Mr. Cat! He has a decent job and works every day! Vinny asked my husband to watch for his daughter off the bus.
So, he’s not concerned about prostitution, illegal gambling, squatters, police visits but a white guy with dreads?
Reality, perception and judgement.