Thursday, December 30, 2010

Intruder alert: Dude in a wheelchair

I know, of course, that I should just be amused by the silliness of some people, and last year when Neighborhood Watch stalked me, I was.

But now, I am pissed off.

A car coming up Highland Avenue slowed then stopped right across from where I was letting Claren sniff some grass.

I was uncomfortable. I saw the magnet on the car door said Neighborhood Watch, but I don't like being stared at. I wasn't doing anything out of place ... unless you count being in a chair and walking a dog as out of place, but even so, a wheelchair bandit?

Because neither fight nor flight are options for me, I raised my hand in greeting. I was hoping this would show them that I support Neighborhood Watch and was not involved in any nefarious goings-on, and then they would drive on.

Instead, they kept staring.

All I can figure is that they wanted to see if I picked up after Claren. I didn't, but she did not do anything.

Finally, I said (yelled really because they heard): "Can I help you?" I figured this would embarrass them into driving on, too.

But no. They answered: "No, we're Neighborhood Watch," which explained it all. Because Neighborhood Watch is allowed to gawk openly at community members and make them feel like intruders in the neighborhood they have been a part of for 30 years.

And then they kept staring.


Tony said...

I wouldn't think it would be too difficult to find an address (e- or snail- mail) to send this posting to the people in charge.

Anonymous said...

The Falls Church City website has information about the Neighborhood Watch program <a href='>here</a>. I think that there is a significant training issue here for those folks participating in the program and someone at the City should be made aware of this.


Matt Trott said...

I think they were Fairfax County but maybe that is a place to start.

Anonymous said...


i think i've said this before, and i apologize for repeating it, but right now it's all i've got.

a while ago, a friend of mine sent me an e-mail saying that she had been reading my last few posts and for the life of her didn't know how to respond as the posts described some pretty raw and painful experiences. she said, 'i want you to know i'm here and i hear you, but i don't know how to tell you that' - or something to that effect. i told her that writing 'i'm here' would mean a lot more to me than she might think.

well, i'm here, matt.

and i hear you.

(and i'm sorry that people can be such jackasses.)

happy new year, my friend. i hope it's a good one.

Matt Trott said...

Thanks, if we are all there for each other, it would be a better world, no doubt!

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