Friday, January 30, 2009

The Bag in the Sidewalk

With the dog comes the walks.  I get a unique vantage point as a dog owner viewing the minority who refuse to use a bag.  The most visible is in the minority and he is one.  All he has to do is ask for a bag.  He seems clueless and does not know or want to know about the dog doo Ordinance.  I am sure that there are others.  However, at about 9:09 pm, I observed a black duffle bag.

The bag was left in the middle of the sidewalk.  I don't see too many people leave bags in the sidewalk.  This is a first for me on our block.  At first, I was puzzled.  I looked for someone to pick it up.  Then my mind began to get a bit concerned, albeit moderately.  

People were passing and ignoring the bag.  A family of four walked right by with little children.  I have seen one domestic disturbance at a different address, but the condominium was the sight of a foreclosure and distressed auction sale.  Who could have left the bag and why?

For those of us with memories of 1996, we don't really want to relive them on our block.  It was lousy enough that someone had a heart attack and died.  No chances were taken.  A call was made.  Within 12 minutes police arrived.  

Police cavalierly picked up the bag and opened.  Contents: blankets.  Investigation closed: lost bag inventoried.  Happy ending except for the owner


I live here too said...

What happened in 1996, pray tell.

lafew said...

Pray tell, it happened in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1996 Olympic. Mack and the bomb gave someone a heart attack; how ironic.

The backpack was left by a alleged American fundamentalist nut job, who is no longer with us. Fortunately, not in our neighborhood. Craig scares these types away. For more information go to

lafew said...

Actually, Rudolph the bomber is still in Supermax in Colorado sitting on a cement slab and pondering his eventual destiny. Richard Jewel, who was falsely accused passed away in 2007. He was 44 years old. Perhaps, Richard could be considered the third fatality in the Atlanta bombing.

No, fortunately, we don't have this sort of drama.