Everywhere you go, there you are. Whoever said that was probably lost in the Bronx for quite some time...
My roommate and I were in the cozy comforts of our basement studio (still recovering from the flood, mind you), and as I wandered into the bathroom I distinctly heard the following:
As I checked the back of my pants, my roommate called out in fearful fashion. "Will? What was that? What was that??" Knowing that if I told her the truth, she would likely fret and fit and give me a really hard time, because that's what girlie-girls do in situations like that, I responded, "it was just a car backfiring." I had intended to wash clothes later, but now I was kinda feeling the funk as I pondered whether to find out what happened or just pretend that it didn't happen.
But you see, this is the Bronx. You can never hide from things like this, because it comes around even when you least expect it. My neighborhood is rather quiet and residential in appearance, and it's likely most of us would like to keep it that way. Pretending that it didn't happen is not an option that you should consider, because one day it might come closer to home than you could imagine, and then what... do you want everyone to pretend it didn't happen?
So I gathered my clothes and trekked outside on my way to the laundromat. The first thing I encountered as I went up the driveway leading from the back of the house to the street was the yellow tape. Crime scene tape. There were people standing around in groups, watching all the police wander around the street, entering and leaving the house two doors to our right. The people turned and stared at me, frowning. I considered asking what happened, but the tense looks I received told me to not bother, just go on about my business.
That would have been fine with me, except that as I went along and heard a group of teens laughing as they observed the scene, I became perplexed. Then as I was away from the scene and entered the laundromat, where no one had any notion that anything was amiss, I received the same hard stares I did at the crime scene.
Interesting what our priorities are, eh? But maybe I'm being harsh. If things like this are happening in the last place you would suspect, then I don't blame people for being more than a little tense. Nevertheless, I don't find any of it acceptable, so perhaps the best course of action is to not accept it, and move away from it. I find it difficult to deal with a person or people that accept violence as an unchangeable fact, but we're all entitled to call each other wrong. Right?