Because ARLO is essentially shelving their “unplugged” service for their outdoor cameras, my wife found new ones to replace them. She installed a new one on the garage and a new one off the back porch. We love the back porch camera because it lets us see wildlife feeding in our backyard over the last four + years of having the backyard camera, we have seen deer, raccoons, and lots of birds.
Tonight, someone went into our backyard and attempted to shoot the new camera with a pellet about an hour after my wife installed it. They knocked holes in my vinyl siding, and luckily missed the camera.
Anyway, I am very pissed off about it. What kind of world do we live in where someone would even think what they just did was OK.
“This isn’t the way… really, to anything. Figure out something else to do with your time.”
One of my friends when I was a student at the U in the 80s had a brother who somehow got into burglary. Her parents were horrified, of course, it was a family crisis. I think he ended up straightening out.
About 15 years ago we hired a contractor who was exemplary, so we tried to hire him as a full time employee & found out he was an ex-con, an arsonist at age 18. We jump through some hoops to get him on board, the guy was determined to turn his life around, and he did.
Kids can do really stupid things. Let’s hope that’s what this is, and a positive turn gets made.
After our recent move I’ve installed three Ring spotlight cams to watch entrance points to the house. Fortunately nobody has come down the cul-de-sac and tried to take them out with a pellet gun.
Here’s a totally different full idiot neighbor story, though. In October we moved, and we actually only moved four doors away from our old house. A week and a half after we’d moved I was outside and smelled smoke - range fire-like smoke. I went around the back the house and could see my old house and the backyard next door to it. That neighbor, who has a long history of stupid, had intentionally started a fire under a tree house he’d built a couple of years back. This yard is simply weeds in the first place, and being in mid-October it was bone dry weeds. The smoke was crazy. He has some renters in his basement and they told us they were worried about it spreading to the house and were making plans to evacuate. They later found out that he did it in order to cremate his dead chihuahua. Who does that?
As an aside I contacted Taylorsville code enforcement and asked them if they could drop by and tell him to quit starting open fires in his eyesore backyard (it wasn’t the first time), and their response was to call the fire department if it happened again. So, rather than having someone with a badge just drop by to say “knock it off” it’s better to roll a few fire trucks and spend several thousand dollars in response.
Running through vinyl fences is a popular activity among teens nowadays. Don’t know if there’s a way to secure the fence better, but, dealing with the giant holes would cause me to think twice about installing one.
As someone who used to live on the south side of an east-west white vinyl fence, I wish I’d thought to just crash through it myself. No grass or weed would grow within 15 feet of that eyesore due to the intense sun reflection.
This is the 2nd funniest thing I’ve heard today. Sheesh.
First place - so far - is a PhD here at the U who was a hardcore road cyclist for a couple of decades, who used to be a “hustler”, get into bets/contests with young guys who thought they could smoke him to the top of Big Mountain (or wherever).
So, he’d act gassed after a mile, would fall back, and then within a few miles of the summit turned it on and pass everyone. I don’t know if there was any money involved, but a great story for old guys who stay in shape.
(For that matter, Jack Nicholson was a hustler in basketball, way, waaaaaaay back. He was never actually good, but he’d act like he was terrible, lobbing up bricks and then try to hustle bets in one-on-one games, over perform and collect some spending money. File this under “completely useless - but mildly entertaining - Lakers trivia”.)
One of my favorite non-acting Jack Nicholson moments was when Andre Miller (with Denver I believe) had a great night torching the Lakers in a playoff game and when the came ended, Jack (who for many years had courtside seats in the Forum) walked out onto the court to give Ander a hearty handshake.