April 2, 2019 at 8:41 am #12490
… whenever I have had someone come to the house to provide some service. Most don’t cause my ‘spidie senses’ to tingle, like the UPS or FedEx delivery people or employees of the electrical company I sometimes use. But others do. Like yesterday when this guy my wife hired to re-cover a sofa and his ‘helper’ came back after delivery to repair something that should have been checked and working properly prior to it being delivered a few days earlier. Reeking of cigarettes and the helper dressed like a bum, grinning like a weasel, and all the while transmitting the message…. Low life. You never know what they are looking at while they are here or if they are sizing things up, who their friends are and who they talk to. We are isolated, and all that runs through my head. I watch them…. what they look at… what they comment on…. body language… all of it. I try to keep them contained within the area they need to be in to provide whatever service they are there for and not roaming into other areas. I even close the garage door so its contents can’t be gawked at. Am I paranoid? Maybe. But I really do hate opening my home to those who I do not know well. Maybe you do, too.
April 2, 2019 at 3:55 pm #12501
I have a scarecrow.on a rail track pounded I to ground by entrance to farm has a set of manacles you can see dangling from post with some bloody old cloth. Serves two purposes scarecrow stops ravens from stealing pig feed and everyone looks and gulps when they see manacles in pig pen. Some ask and when you grin and say hope you don’t find out most just gulp and start leaving
April 3, 2019 at 2:50 am #12541
….is your scarecrow missing feet/lower legs?
By now I know most of the water system/well guy….usual maintenance folks…furnace guy…etc. Been the same folks for years. But I do have things arranged for zero viewing. Then there is the XL dog…who I do not introduce to anyone new….keep her at a distance from them. They can wonder why.
April 3, 2019 at 3:17 am #12550
Yeah no legs with streamers of shiny christma’s foil on hat and arms , also spins when windy… there is a collection of bleach white River drift wood around him looks like bones.
April 4, 2019 at 12:20 am #12610
I wouldn’t want to get any part of me near territorial momma pigs!
April 4, 2019 at 1:48 am #12613
When your inner alarm goes off a little paranoia can be a good thing.
April 5, 2019 at 7:57 pm #12695
James Mitchner: I should think in this day and time, a bit of “paranoia” is not all that bad. Sadly, in our county last year an older couple were murdered in their rural home which distressed everyone, whether we knew them or not. Fortunately, the guys that did it were hunted down and apprehended…a bunch of druggie low life’s that live in a run-down community near the lake. Sort of got everybody to maybe be more aware of who’s doing what and where….these things always shock a small rural county like ours. My home is not isolated, thank goodness although our little village is small – still I live alone so am thinking a bit more about making certain I have my fire arms in working order and handy. And, I do have close neighbors I could call who are armed and have BIG dogs. It would take the sheriff’s people 20 minutes or more to get here should I call 911… The gun control people make me furious!
April 6, 2019 at 6:47 am #12843
XL dog is part of my early warning and protection…..be it 4 or 2 legged predators. Then I back up the dog. Well, that’s the plan, anyway. Kinda got off the script that one time, as I mentioned. But it turned out fine, thankfully.
Should have heard the tremendously LOUD type of bark my dog did ..talking with the Mt Kitty one night from inside the house. You can feel it in your chest like a deep drum. Not her usual bark. Just a single deeeep emphatic ‘BARK!’. We went out to [2nd floor] porch and they kept up that ‘BARK‘ – ‘RRA AWRR‘ for a while. First and only time I’ve heard a cat here. Never have seen one…but doesn’t mean they haven’t seen me. I let a horse turn back and go home once. Trusted the horse knew something I didn’t. He was about to come outta his horseshoes. And the bears don’t freak them out much. He had that creepy feeling ….even if I didn’t. I always pay attention when our ‘prey’ animals are On Alert.
Had someone knock on my door late at nite…..came all the way up our long driveway…up the exterior stairs and across porch with out any ‘HELLLO THE HOUSE’ or anything. Creepy….against the Rural Rules! I’d heard our porch gate close and latch….so I’m telling my friend, who was on the phone, my address quickly. She lives across the country and if she has to dial 911 for me, she needs WHERE I am! Then he knocked.
Had different dog…was medium size but barked large. Let her bark, tho I could hardly hear the guy. I’d already grabbed back-up and was not in front of the door. Said he had car trouble …and it was a killer-cold night. Offered to call sheriffs dept for him and he said he’d appreciate it. Kept calling me ‘Ma’am’…and we don’t ma’am much out here in the West. Well I did call for him. Either he was trouble or he was in trouble. The deputy called me later and said he really DID have car trouble, tho I couldn’t see any car on the road.
TURNS OUT…years later his wife saw me pull out of our driveway and follow her to church for women’s meeting. HER HUSBAND was the guy with car trouble. Well WHY DIDN’T HE SAY HIS NAME? I asked if I knew him. I’d have had him inside and thawing out at the fire…cuz he’d walked a very long way in that bitter cold. 🙁 Well, they still think I saved his life that nite. Did. Coulda done more but …people, follow the Rural Rules! Don’t sneak up on a house ….ever. Holler out early and loud. Reveal your intentions! Not that we’ll trust what you say but better than politely sneaking up on a person! Scared me half t’ death that night! But I think dog and I scared him more…poor guy.
April 6, 2019 at 7:33 am #12921
About three years ago MS13 gang members murdered and then mutilated a young man on an isolated rural road not far from me. Several months later (April) while out back at my tractor shed I heard a vehicle drive in on land behind me owned by a hunt club. I heard talking, but it was at a distance and I couldn’t hear the words spoken, so it was more than one person. I thought they were hunt club members scouting in advance of Spring gobbler season. Several days later it dawned on me that they have left the vehicle – a Jeep Cherokee – behind, and it was still parked up in the woods. A week later I called the Sheriff’s Dept. since things just weren’t adding up. Three deputies came out and walked up into the woods to examine the Jeep. They came back and said it was locked, and that the tags had been removed. Using the VIN they located the registered owner who told them he has sold the vehicle to a “Hispanic guy”. Can you believe that they weren’t interested enough to pursue it any further! They told me it was on private property and there was nothing else they could do unless the property owner wanted it towed. I called the State Police. The SP had investigated the MS13 case. THEY weren’t even interested! That Jeep sat there until mid-September when one evening right after dark another vehicle drove in and someone got into the Jeep and the two vehicles drove out together. This incident prompted me to install a home security system as well as intrusion alarms outside. I am never outside unarmed, and I repeatedly tell my wife to be the same, especially when home alone. Honestly, I always felt danger would come down the driveway, not from the thickly wooded hundreds of acres behind me that only had rutted old logging roads.
April 7, 2019 at 1:53 am #13041
Yep, James M……that’s creepy!
Unbelievably, I had someone knock on my door today! DH and dog had gone to the forest to play for an hour. I was trying to see who was there and if I could see vehicle. We don’t actually have visitors anymore cause our friends from here have moved or gotten too old to climb stairs to our 2nd story house. Ack! Then a woman’s voice called out our names and I opened the door. It was a part-time neighbor up here we’ve known for years…..concerned that my goat was free-ranging in the ditch. [that’s where the new grass has already begun but ….best she’s not ON the road]
So…..it points out one thing we never have gotten around to: install a peep hole in door. Cannot see someone at the door and ….I didn’t hear her come up either. [yes, I don’t hear quite as well…hmph!] But I was in the back room. Too weird that this happened right after posting last nite. I can’t remember the last time there was a knock on our door.
OldMtWoman ….don’t ask if I had the doggone door locked. I rely on dog too much.
April 7, 2019 at 3:56 am #13058
James it sounds like they are using vehicle as mobile cache for most likely drugs or guns. Fact that leo don’t want to get involved is suspicious.
Be careful omw lock doors peep holes are ok but have a mirror you can see porch from on way to door like the corner mirrors in big box stores. Easier to deal with trouble before door peek as doors are easy entry points, think you put eye to lens you can see the change outside if they mean you harm can shoot through door or smash in with you getting door in face.
April 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm #13125
Dope cars are often left parked in plain sight and the key delivered to the pickup person who gets dropped off at the vehicle and just drives it away.
Generally, they are left in a public (yet private) parking lot (grocery, c-store, etc) and the pickup occurs with no one the wiser. The dopers in eastern Colorado would leave them at the end of abandoned driveways, as the farmers would let the kids drive the car/truck to the end of the drive and get picked up by the bus, and the dope cars blended in.
Odds are the Jeep wasn’t a stash location but they were hiding it either after a crime or just getting it out of sight while they used another. One of our local dope runners used to swap between about 10 cars stashed in various places.
When he was about to make a run, he’d start being noticable in his flashy car, that way the cops were looking for him in it, not a ” dope car”.
April 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm #13134
Obviously the new owner (Hispanic) hadn’t bothered to register the vehicle. Why drive it into a remote mountain area across miles of rutted unused logging roads after buying it and just leave it for months after removing the tags? Sure has caused us to modify our security!
April 7, 2019 at 4:37 pm #13129
And the disinterested attitude, that takes practice.
Dancing around like an excited schoolgirl would be bad.
Someone tells Ethel down the road, who tells someone at church, and eventually the dopers find out the cops know about the vehicle or all the looky-loo’s show up and contaminated the scene.
And it was an interesting night, church Christmas program, where i got to listen to a couple of old biddies in the pew ahead of us talking about an active case.
When I left the department, I turned over 6 4″ binders of doper information to the task force. Names, addresses, vehicle information, backgrounds, complete workups. Who was associated with whom, who used what vehicle for what, etc.
April 8, 2019 at 2:15 pm #13210
Yeah, Namelus. I’d rather be standing just to the side of the door….behind the fireplace brick. That isn’t much protection cuz the brick shatters but.. At least the door itself is solid wood with old fashioned wood X bracing. But it’s tucked oddly into a corner.
The other option is looking out the large front window across the porch…in plain view. And I still can’t see someone in front of the door…..[without a mirror hanging from a porch rafter…LOL ..never thot of that.]
Well anyway, not hearing someone drive in ….come up stairs, is highly unusual. Also the unlocked door is highly unusual. DH left and didn’t lock it and I didn’t think to check. They were only going to be gone “for an hour”….. Ha! Like that worked out so well. Hmph. Glad it was friend not foe.
At least we’re known for having XL dog. Never admit she’ll bite but …”y’know she’s SO big we just don’t like to take chances with her, y’know?” That’s what I say to any service person I don’t know and I don’t introduce her. She’s quite verbal …’talking’…so it does make strangers nervous.
April 8, 2019 at 7:57 pm #13388
In today’s world, you almost cannot be too cautious.
November 13, 2020 at 12:57 pm #30648
Matt In OklahomaParticipant
It’s not paranoid if it’s real.
Your picking up on things that aren’t cool and “gasp” profiling because it works.
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