Thursday, March 11, 2010

An Elusive Thief

A stranger came into our building yesterday in the middle of the day and broke into two apartments on the floor above us, one being directly above our apartment.  By the markings on the door jams it was discovered that this person used a pry bar to ease open the doorknob lock which is not difficult to do with the old hardware that is currently on all the doors in the building.  I myself used a flimsy card to crack open my neighbors apartment across the hall when he accidently locked himself out and the building manager was out.  If only the neighbors above had made sure to bolt the second lock on their doors, they might have prevented the theft of their belongings.  Both of apartments had computers stolen and other small expensive items.  The apartments like ours is in the back of the building where it is quiet and on the third floor next to the stairs which would give the thief/thieves an easy escape route as well as distance from all that enter the building.  The building gets so quiet that one could hear anyone coming by stairs or elevator.  We are going to hold a meeting in the lobby with the residents of the building this very evening to discuss measures that can be taken to ensure that our apartments are secure and that we are taking preventive steps to keep out unwanted individuals.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Rest on Sunday

On Sunday I took Jude for a good part of the day while Isabella and Sam went to see Tim Burton's, Alice In Wonderland in 3D at the Grand Lake theater.  Jude was tied to me by the moby and we walked all along Lakeshore and Grand, peeking into the bookstore, then getting Bubble tea at a tea shop.  Soon enough Jude fell asleep and I found a bench to sit on, staring out before me, breathing in the cool breeziness of the day and enjoying the peace of letting go of thoughts and finding myself in the present.  With children I find that my life often speeds up in a hurried pace when I don't have a moment of quiet or rest, but sometimes on a lucky occasion the baby sleeps and I get to be close to him while finding peace in the stillness of the moment.  I sat on the bench for a good 45 minutes, watching people and cars travel past, with a clear mind and open heart. 

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Went to the beach on Saturday to Drakes Beach at Point Reyes.  I ventured off for a while on my own over a slippery wall that jutted out into the ocean from the cliffs and obscured the continuation of the beach on the other side.  The beach then stretched out before me with piles of large rocks strewed all along the sand to the cliffs behind.  I began finding good sized pieces of petrified whale bone here and there as I walked about a 1/2 mile or so.  I had hoped to see some elephant seals which I heard to be found at the southwestern tip of the peninsula.  When I got back to Sam, Isabella and Jude they were changing out of their wet clothes from playing in the water.  We sat in the cafe there and drank hot chocolates and to get warm.  Overall it was a really great day to be had and I yearn for the opportunity to travel again. 

Friday, March 5, 2010

My testimony

I was in the courthouse just a week or so ago, brought in by a subpoena for my testimony involving an attempted robbery and assault on a woman who lives around the corner (the story is told fully in my blog last year during the month of May).  I had chased down the man during the attack and brought about his capture for the police.  Now in a preliminary trial I gave my story to ensure that the charges would stand against him and that his case be brought to trial.  It was an odd experience to sit on the witness stand before a microphone facing the criminal who I helped to put there and for the most part he was looking down not often making eye contact with me.  I stuck to exactly the truth and if I didn't remember something I was clear about that too, but all the evidence in what I experienced was clear enough to make a case against him.  The victim of the crime was there and I have gotten to know her a bit, having run into her a few times.  She still suffers by what happened to her and it took all of her strength to confront this man with her testimony.  There are so many good people in the world that it is always a shock that there are those out there who really are malevolent.  I have had many friends point out the stupidity of my actions, which has been expressed in so many words but I know that what I did, I would do again because it was the right thing to do.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Books Just Read of Mystery and History

I am currently reading this book and I love it.  I would recommend this book for anyone who loves historical fiction and detective novels.  I can't wait to read his newest book The Last Dickens.  One other book that is of the same caliber is An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears.  These books are most likely books that guys might be into but definitely those who like a book with lots of plot twists.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Working Out

I have been working out for the past 3 weeks at a gym rather than running around the lake.  It feels like such an accomplishment just to go and work up a sweat on the tread mill for an hour and then come staggering home knowing that I am a step closer to becoming as fit as I used to be.  Being a father is tough work and I have often tended to indulge in impulsive acts of treating us all to sweets, being ice cream and extremely large dinners out.  I have gradually gotten more rounded out in the arms and torso becoming ever slowly into the frame of a human baguette.  I have retained my youthfulness for the most part but age appears to be catching up to me and know that there is no time like the present to start healthy routines.  Through school I received a free 30 day pass to 24 hour fitness and that has gotten me started.  I have been eating breakfast like a prince, lunch like a king, and dinner like a pauper.  I haven't dared to weigh myself for fear that I will be concerned about numbers when what is really driving me is that I feel better and can see a slight difference when I look in the mirror.