Last night my husband and I attended a Neighborhood Watch meeting in the gymnasium of a nearby elementary school. We live in a town with about 10,000 residents that's a suburb of city with a population of about 440,000. Our town has a very low crime rate, but we figured it would be nice to see our Neighborhood Watch program get rolling again. It was fairly active when we moved in 9 years ago, but it has dwindled away since then.
We arrived at the meeting a few minutes early, and we were the only ones there except for four police officers. Eventually four elderly people from the neighborhood near the school arrived. That was it. Out of the 130 fliers the police department distributed, six people showed up.
We ended up having a lot of time to just chat with the police officers, which was kind of nice. We all agreed that one of the biggest problems in our neighborhood is speeders and people running stop signs. One of the officers had once pulled me over for an illegal right turn at a red light, and I hoped she didn't remember that.
My husband and I have pretty much agreed that we're staying in this house indefinitely, unless the neighborhood declines. It's time we acted like permanent residents and made an effort to get to know more people on our street. I'm finally going to register our alarm system with the police department, although I draw the line at licensing the indoor cats. The fact that we have twice as many cats as the city allows is a factor as well.
Sorry this is so deadly boring today. I'm behind on sleep, I'm stiff and sore all over from too much computer time and not enough exercise, and I have so much work to do that I can't think straight. I'll make an effort to be more entertaining tomorrow.