Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Franklin launched into his "something is wrong" bark a while ago. I went to look out the living room window and expected to see a cat. Instead, I saw three police cars and a dilapidated truck stopped in the road only a few yards from my palace.
I spied with my little eye a police officer going door-to-door, so I went outside to try to find out what was going on. An officer told me that they had caught "the group" with the truck. They had stolen the stuff in the back (furniture, from what I could see) from "around the corner," and then they were going around stealing boxes left by UPS at houses in the hood. The police did not have any packages with my address on them.
I am not going out to take photographs. I don't want to get in the way of what appears to be an ongoing investigation.
I'm grateful to Franklin for informing me about this bad behavior. He probably saw the whole thing.
All I can tell you is that this business of stealing packages seems to be gearing up along with the holidays. Watch out!
Infinities of love,