Sunday, February 26, 2012

44

44. According to the boy thats the number of murders that have already occurred in Detroit since ringing in the New Year.... By comparison DC (which we already know I'm deathly afraid of) has only had 12. Now I'm scared for him as well.
He reminds me this is in downtown Detroit, not his little suburban township. Im still scared.

It also makes me worry about what might happen in the future. We've talked about it a little bit. If things are still going as strongly in a years time as they are now, will I move there?
As long as he can do so he can and should continue at his current job. They are providing a wonderful service connecting/informing and keeping up-to-date, Catholics with the truth of their faith. An admirable mission. Heck- Im not even worried about moving halfway across the country for a boy and it not working out. Im worried about life- making a living and being safe while doing so.
I would be giving up my wonderful job with an amazing company. I could not ask or hope for a better boss, and I know the cost-of-living difference between DC and MI would likely mean a drop in my salary. The money thing frightens me especially considering he does not make a lot considering its a religious based organization and a growing but still rather small company. Making a living in a state that is struggling- after living in a place that has pretty much felt almost no effects from the recession is troubling. Plus biotech/defense and national/global security are not exactly priorities for a state thats in the middle of the country. (Unless the Canadians decide to revolt! LOL).
But even more I'm scared of the area in general. Detroit and nearby Flint are both in the top 20 list of most dangerous cities for violent crime in the country based on 2011 statistics. DC is not- yet I'm still frightened of it.

Will I be able to give a new place a fresh start and leave the traumatic experience tied to the location at which it happened? Or will the fall from my ivory tower forever mar my ability to trust- whether its people or places.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Broad Daylight... Sounds familiar

Greetings Community:

Three (3) armed robberies occurred early this morning. In each robbery, the suspect was armed with a handgun:

At approximately 3:11 AM, at Connecticut Avenue and R Street, NW, the complainant reported that while walking down the street he was approached by the suspect, who was armed with a handgun and demanded money from the complainant. The complainant complied by giving the suspect currency. The suspect fled on foot.

No physical injury to the complainant. The suspect has been described as a black male, 20’s, 6’02, medium build wearing a grey jacket with a hood pulled over his head.

At approximately 6:08 AM, at 20th and N Street, NW, the complainant reported that while walking down the street he was approached by the suspect, who was armed with a handgun and demanded money from the complainant. The complainant complied by giving the suspect currency. The suspect fled the scene on foot. No physical injury to the complainant. The suspect has been described as a black male, 25-35, 5’09, and average/medium build wearing a black jacket and red shirt.

At approximately 6:11 AM, at 16th and M Street, NW, the complainant reported that while walking down the street he was approached by the suspect, who was armed with a handgun and demanded money from the complainant. The complainant complied by giving the suspect currency. The suspect fled the scene on foot. No physical injury to the complainant. The suspect has been described as a black male, 30-355, 5’09-5’11, and thin/slender build wearing an orange shirt and green pants.

MPD Detectives are investigating the similarity of the latter two robberies.

Please be mindful of your surroundings and call 911 if you notice any suspicious person(s).



As if I needed additional reasons to be frightened about going to class... Campus is located between 17th and 18th on Massachusetts Ave.- within blocks. I used to walk down 17th or 18th past M & N between 8-10:30pm to get to the metro back about a year ago when I was still living in Fairfax and metroing to class seemed an OK thing to do.

I also keep thinking- what would have happened if these people didnt have any cash on them!? I rarely ever carry cash- and when I do its only $10-20 so I can pay for lunch, dinner and parking. Im already scared of my surroundings, afraid of people, and especially men- and terrified of black men. It doesnt help that people can conceal anything in the baggy winter clothing that we all have to wear right now because of the weather, and that these things are happening at peak times when there should be quite a few people out and about heading to work.... That was one thing I always told myself when I was going to class- its ok because there are a ton of people around- no ones going to do anything with so many witnesses... well apparently that was a misconception.