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Tumultuous...Disorderly...and a Bit Confusing

This past week has been a turmoil in our quiet neighborhood. From across the street, to down the street, to ON the street!!

First, across the street. I don't know what it was all about, and I don't WANNA KNOW what it was all about, but around 2:30 one morning, I was awakened by my bedroom lighted up and walls flashing red, blue, and white. I knew something was up. ...the 1st amendment of the constitution tells us we're okay with our stand to protect ourselves.  Some day it may be a necessity, so you may understand where I'm going with that statement.  Or should I take cover on the floor? It seemed very quiet out there beyond our exterior walls. So, instead, I grabbed my cellphone and switched on the flashlight software to guide me thru the darkened house, thru the kitchen and into the garage. There I shut off the phone's flashlight and crept to the garage door, hoping to not trip over anything and make noise... and I peeked through the window. The street light on the corner illuminated the house across the street....5 cop cars!! Cops in uniform everywhere. Some in the neighbor's driveway [which by the way, the patrol units were blocking his vehicle]. All remained quiet and eerie. I watched. I took a few photos [in case of police brutality...you wonder just where I got that idea?!!] and then watched the neighbor, handcuffed and placed in the back of the SUV...shoes off so he wouldn't run. About an hour later, they all left...taking the 'prisoner' away. I went back to bed. Bud, literally, slept through it all.  Corpus Christi has high crime in some areas, but for our residential area, not so much...a very safe one.  And quiet.  Usually; up until this week.

Now, on the street [and in the yard, driveway, on the sidewalks]. Two days in a row we had heavy temporary flooding! Heavy rainfall. Storms with high, tropical force winds at times. All I could do was sit inside, dry, watching the water build up and hoping the sewer system along our street could withstand the amount falling...enough so the houses wouldn't get flooded inside. Once, from the front porch,  I watched the water accumulate on the street, making it a river. I watched as the continual rain fell and it started to cover the street's gutters, rushing to the drainage openings like a tempestuous brook. Then, the water crept up to the sidewalks, covering them, making them invisible.  As the walk up to our porch and front door began to disappear under the deluge. The storm passed to the north, but the thunder rumbled most all of the remaining day and into the night...only to have another swell move in the next day. Same thing!!  After  those two days, the Texas Gulf Coast was hit by the large dust storm carried across from the Saharan Desert.  Sky was a bit muddy looking far north of us and warnings of hazardous conditions for those with breathing illnesses. 


these last two photos are from the cellphone at 8x magnification through the hurricane shutters and screens - water on the glass/screen

And last, down the street.  I was busy, doing laundry, when a lot of commotion outdoors called me once again to go and inspect what's going on this time!  As I looked out the window, with dryer lint still in my hand from cleaning the filter...billowing smoke was coming from the peak of a house just two houses away from the police raid the other night!!  I don't know how they 'rate' fire alarm calls, but if it's by the fire trucks showing up...it was a 4 alarm fire!  Two ambulances, and many many firefighters.  The largest of the trucks, hooked up the hose at the hydrant and all work began.  Soon, the smoke was gone, but naturally, they all stayed...probably putting out embers and then sticking around to make sure no other hotspots existed.  Now, I do know that a nice, and very courteous to me, young man and others live in this house [one of my favorite houses in the neighborhood by the way...almost castle like with turrets and stone, and arches...tall, pointed roof-tops].  Anyway, I must apologize, but I sound like the Trumpster right now....I saw no Hazmat Suits anywhere, so no meth lab gone awry. Sorry, but it did cross my mind.  I want to blame my sinister thoughts on the media!  That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Later that afternoon, I walked around the block and did a bit of reference work only to see what looked like a chimney fire - or damaged, torn chimney parts?!!! In June? With temps at 7:30 in the morning in the 80s?!! Also, one front window was torn out...maybe a cigarette on the couch or in the bedroom?  The lady across the street from this house told me no injuries or fatalities. Honestly, it really is a quiet neighborhood.




Then, turning the corner, I snapped a photo of OUR house. And, I thanked my lucky stars it wasn't ours in dire straits. And one reason I took a photo of the ambulance is that it and I are quite an intimate pair. This is the one that has taken me to the ER with heart attack and SVT...both times! M6 [we're good buddies!!]



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One more thing then, I'll let you go...

BREAKING NEWS:  The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract COVID-19.  Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released.  To be clear...WHO let the dogs out.

I lied...NOW it's one more thing...

Bud hung up a huge world map in the kitchen and gave me ONE dart and said:  "Throw this and wherever it lands, that's where I'm taking you when this pandemic ends."  Turns out, we'll be spending two weeks behind the refrigerator!!

42 comments :

  1. Dear Annie this is the first post you have ever written that I am considering reading again. I loved every single word and syllable of it. You have so described my personality you did exactly what I would have done if all this was going on my street there is not one thing that I wouldn't have done the same as you. And I loved the laughter at the end I've still rolling on the floor. Great reporting job! I'm a keep this one as unread so I can read it again and I am serious. I can see you. Out the door in the garage because I have done the exact same thing. Once I went out on the porch front porch and. Around the corner to see what was going on at the house across the street and I did it in the middle of the night with Bob sleeping and if somebody had shot me he would not have found me and probably for 24 to 48 hours because he never goes out on the front porch

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    1. Bud goes out on trash day...I'd be out there for a week. Lol

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  2. I would be dying of curiosity wanting to know what the neighbor was arrested for. Drugs are usually my first thought in things like that but these days it could be that he was involved in rioting/looting and was identified on a tape.
    Glad to hear that noone was hurt in that fire.
    Enjoy your trip behind the refrigerator. You should tell Bud that there's no need to put that off. You two can go right now.

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    1. It'll be a while...need room service to clean it up back there, first!

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  3. You are funny! I also enjoyed the entire post and am sitting here with a smile on my face. Your comment on my blog about not being worried about what others think about what I write is because my sister complains when she has to read about my political views, so I try to make her feel that my posts are safe for her. But thanks for the comment. I will take it to heart.

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    1. Thankfully, my sister & I agree on most political stands.

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  4. First of all, all comments viewable without the hinky stuff I saw yesterday and I didn't do a thing. Just a fluke, I guess. It was very very odd, though. Now as for your experiences in your neighborhood, I would have been very concerned and frightened. Your descriptions are so clear and detailed that I almost felt I was watching it all go down with you.WOW what a shot of the yellow flower with the raindrops! That is a winner!

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    1. I imagine it was a fluke...blogger? But it's really nothing. As for that yellow flower, that bush got pretty well torn up in the torrential rains...especially the blossoms.

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  5. LOL LOL LOL what an ending...two weeks behind the fridge. I'm not a good aim so I'd probably hit the ceiling or light fixture. I nearly fell out of my chair giggling.
    OH You know how to write a post. I was sitting on the edge of my chair through out.
    As you say you might not need to know what went on in the wee hours but scary when there is that kind of commotion.
    We were out of the house at 7:15 for my fasting labs. It was my hope to be first in and out but there were 6 others in front of me with the same hope. Then onto Panera for take out which we ate on their patio. We walked afterwards about 8:30 hot as blue blazes I had a full wardrobe change upon arriving home. A full day in one morning
    Hugs and thanks for the laughs
    Cecilia

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    1. Well if your light fixture is part of a ceiling fan you can go round & round & round & get off at a great place to dine!...first stop Madrid (I saw that on the world map!)

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  6. Girl you really know how to entertain. What a post. Such excitement, angst, intrigue, and down right giggles. Hey, at least behind the refridgerator, you are close to a food source. Your post took a lot of the sting out of today's situation. Thanks.

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    1. Maybe it WAS a sting across the street! Yessiree.

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  7. Hello Anni,
    Wow, your neighborhood is exciting! Between the arrest, a fire and a flood, I am glad no one was hurt. I had a laugh over the dart behind the refrigerator. Take care, I hope today is a good day!

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    1. So far, so good. June is over, now July and all's well.

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  8. Now that is excitement you could do without. It was kind of funny, but a short time before reading this we had cop cars, ambulances and first responders going by my place.I have no idea what was going on.

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    1. It all makes you wonder tho, doesn't it?

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  9. Your ending statement made me laugh out loud...good to do that after all the excitement in your neighborhood.
    My goodness that was enough commotion to last for a very long time.
    The cops probably were at the house for outstanding warants. I thought about a meth lab too.
    Crazy times we live in...you never know what goes on behind closed doors.
    Hoping the rest of your week is uneventful.
    Sue

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  10. The good news is you can do that behind-the-refrigerator vacation right now ...no mask required (don’t sit on the dart though )). .... wow, all that going on in your peaceful neighborhood . I’m wondering if the first one was domestic violence... I read that the quarantine is causing more of that, people freaking out from all of it somehow. So sad. .... masks are required again here in Oregon as of today. We too have a surge, not as bad as the one you know and hate , but leaning ....

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    1. Ouch! I wouldn't dare sit on the dart!

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  11. Lots going on there! I am still chuckling above your vacation!

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  12. I just love you so much!! And I loved Sandra's comment and I agree - y'all are so much alike in many ways! Whenever I jear sirens at home - and that's often as the fire station is in our neighborhood - I always say a prayer for the ones in trouble and for the ones going to help.
    You have the BEST sense of humor!!! And you have your very own favorite ambulance!

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  13. Wonderful Rain Photos - Please Start Thinking Snow - Enjoy Your July

    Cheers

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    1. There is no snow in South Texas. Well, Hardly No Snow.

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  14. Anni, this post held my captive attention right to the very end!! Holy toledo, what action you had in your neighborhood!!! You know how they say "bad things come in 3's".... well, I think your neighborhood is done now for awhile. And you have a very beautiful house, my dear. Such a pretty lawn too. I'm glad you didn't need a canoe, with all that water! Love, Andrea XOXO

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  15. You gave me some good laughs today! But my word, what a ruckus has been going on! Your house is beautiful, I want to see more. It looks vaguely Spanish. Do you have a basement; did it flood? the possibility of a crack house is not so far fetched, it seems they are everywhere now! Let us know if you find out from the paper what your neighbor was arrested for, I am very curious!

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    1. No basements here aling the coast...water table. Everything would be flooded all the time.

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  16. Oh my goodness what a week!!!
    Sure hope this week you have a nice calm, peaceful one!
    Funny about the dart! : )

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  17. That was quite the roller coaster post!
    Wow.
    You are droll!

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  18. I am seriously read your post with heart beats quickly .....

    Then, read this sentence " The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract COVID-19. .....I lied...NOW it's one more thing..." makes me giggling...hehehe...lol

    Take care....stay safe.

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  19. Now that must have been a scary situation. All those police cars and flashing lights right across the street? The rainstorm must have been a doozy. Glad that the water didn’t get much further, bad enough. And then the fire at the house? Glad to learn no one was hurt. That’s too much excitement in the space of a few days. Good to learn that we can’t catch Covid from the pooches, I had not heard that yet. Thanks for the smile, I enjoyed those play on words. And oh, the dart behind the refrigerator, I actually laughed out loud at that one. Thank you!!! I hope the week coming up will be a quieter one for you.

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    1. It's good for the soul...laughter is.

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  20. Anni, we live where one street dead ends in our driveway while another passes in front of our house (like a T - and our house in smack in the middle of the top of the T). I say this because I can see all the houses on the street down the leg of the T as well as up and down our street. And I often wonder if people can see this old lady looking out her front window watching everything that goes on.

    We have what we call a 'suspicious' house (a leased house that has had many different renters in the last 40 years - it's a place where fire engines, ambulances, police, etc. have shown up in the middle of the night... and seldom have we ever known exactly what occurred. Anyway, I can see you sneaking around your house trying not to be seen... having done that myself. Did you ever find out what happened?

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    1. Never found out. I don't wanna know. Ignorance is bliss.

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  21. We would have to diet a lot to even fit where our fridge is...I about burst out laughing and maybe I should have. Roger would have thought that funny, too. That looks like a LOT of rain...used to whenever we stayed at either of our daughter's house or home from vacation...I always wonder what it owuld be like to come home and find our house burned to the ground.

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    1. That's me when we evacuate for hurricanes...will our house still be there when we return?

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