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Dangerous times in our neighborhood

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Over the last couple of years in and around our neighborhood, including our own fence have been tagged. Many of our sidewalks starting get a lot more tags at the beginning of the school year starting in Sept. 2009. Last night a 12 yr old boy was stab to death by another rival tagging gang member who was 18 yrs old.

When I went to take Phred for his walk around 3pm, there was at least 10 APD police vehicles, 5 house's east of ours. Many of the adults and kids were standing about and no one would say what happened. There was also at least 2 news helicopters and along with 2 of our own APD "eye in the sky". It turned out a young lad of 12 yrs old, who attended the junior high, that is located behind our home across the street. The same junior high school that my kids attended. This was all very sad and we still haven't figured out how our neighborhood boy was involved. He was either a witness or the one who did the stabbing. Either way it is a sad state of affairs.

Tonight they are having a meeting at the Jr. high and all the news vans are there to talk to people.

Jeff felt sorry for the boy until he learned he was a tagger. We have had our sidewalk and brick fence tagged a couple of times. The city will come out and clean up the mess for you, now. This was only after so many complaints from residents about the city giving you tickets and taking you to court if you didn't take care of the tagging yourself.

So our tax dollars go to cleaning up tagger problems and it just makes Jeff so pissed off. This last time Jeff ended up sand blasting the fence himself, because no one came out from the city for a few of weeks. They promise to show up within 3-5 business days, yeah right. Then we even got a letter saying they had taken care of the problem and would we rate how well the job was done. Hey, city of Anaheim, guess what you didn't clean it, we did after waiting for 2 weeks for somebody to show up. Duh! So you can see where Jeff wouldn't have much sympathy for these kids. Jeff was born and raised here in Anaheim and he doesn't like it when the gangs mess things up for everybody else.

I hope this turns something bad into something good and there are no more problems from other gang members. Unfortunately, we know this is not how it works and one reason why Jeff elected not to attend tonight's meeting. He felt if he complained, there would be retaliation if & when they found out where we live. Of course, most of the people around here know me, know my dog and know what kind of car I drive. I regularly walk right across the street from where the stabbing happened.

I am saying blessings for both families involved. This is how "gang wars" start and I can only hope that someone in these families will be strong & smart enough to put a stop to any more deaths.

Thanks for listening to my bitching tonight. emoticon emoticon

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IZZYBEBOP 6/21/2011 8:08AM

    I just read your e-mail and came to your page and read this. How scary and sad. I hope you stay safe during the deconstruction of your house. Seems like you would be more vulnerable for something worse than tagging.

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DDOORN 6/15/2011 10:32AM

    New jargon for me: Tag / Tagging...graffiti, in other words. Read up on some urban areas encouraging tagging in a formal way by making murals and artwork allowable on some walls, hoping to deter unwanted "artwork" elsewhere...!

Stay safe out there...!


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HIKINGSD 6/15/2011 12:55AM

    Wow. I am happy that you and Jeff are safe and that no innocent bystanders were harmed! I hope the gangs move out of your neighborhood.

Please be aware of your surroundings and stay safe.


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JAMER123 6/15/2011 12:46AM

    Teri, I just read the article in the LA Times and I didn't know that was the area you live in! This has to be very scary. I hadn't heard the term tagging in place of graffiti but I do learn rather slowly:)

You take care and stay safe. Sounds very dangerous to be out walking. I hear your concerns about complaints and retribution.

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/15/2011 12:27AM

    Sorry this happened. We had a SWAT situation on my street a few years ago. It's a lot more entertaining on TV and scarier when you're watching it happen. My dogs were going ballistic at the strangers (cops) on the street, while I was whisper-yelling "shut up, aleady!" to them.

Deja Vu - I live in Albuquerque, and our police are APD, too. We have tagger and gangs, and the city comes out to paint over the tags.

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TXGRANDMA 6/15/2011 12:12AM

    Oh, Teri! This is SO scary! I worry about you and Jeff staying there in that neighborhood! I can understand where Jeff is coming from, not attending the meeting.

Just please be careful and stay safe! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 6/14/2011 11:35PM

    So very sorry to hear about this :( Usually, you hear of gangs being poor, disenfranchised youth, not in your own neighborhood. There is tagging here, but mostly just individuals expressing themselves as gangs are not a real problem.
Its a really sad day when you have to fear walking down your own street. I hope they can figure out some way of solving these problems the kids are having. What puts children on opposite sides of the fence in the same area or school, or is it different areas and schools..
Please do be careful out there, I assume you always carry a cell phone when walking?
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MOMOFJACKK 6/14/2011 10:09PM

  Scary, stay safE!!!

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Sticker shock

Monday, June 13, 2011

Jeff took our plans into the city for plan approval today. We expected it to be around $400-500 max. Turned out Anaheim really likes to charge alot now it was $1500 and that does not include the cost of permits. Jeff was in sticker shock most of the afternoon. We took some siding out of the side of the house where we will be adding some small sq. footage. We were not too lucky because we found termit damage that we were not aware of. This is amost a given here in CA. Most homes, even brand new ones can get them here very easily.
So that will cost us a bit more to fix too. More lumber will be needed to fix the damage caused by the damn termits.
Jogged this morning for just under 30 min and according to my ped. I did 3.02 miles. I know my next 5K I can beat my time of 34.30.2 if I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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TEDDYBEAR662 6/14/2011 4:56PM

    Good luck and sorry the pricing went up. Also good luck with those yucky bugs.

Last, you're doing awesome... next 5k here you come!

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LESSOFMOORE 6/14/2011 4:36PM

    Sorry to hear about the little buggers:( Still, it's better to find them before they do to much damage.

You're on your way to being the 5K Kween! emoticon

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DDOORN 6/14/2011 1:08PM

    Homes can be such BLACK HOLES for money!

Kudos to your running efforts!


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JAMER123 6/14/2011 12:22AM

    WOW! Guess I am glad I don't live in CA. and want to do some work on a house!! Of course, MN. is getting to be just about as bad. We didn't have taxes raised with our past govenor but the fees for whatever really took a big jump.

I really learned about termites when they were found in mom's garage in TX. and most of her stored items were in boxes. It probably was a good thing as the garage has been spared but a lot of family history lost in pictures etc. Good luck in getting rid of them. Hope the queen is found!!

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_LINDA 6/13/2011 11:38PM

    That is an outrageous price, wow!! Unlucky to find out termite damage on top of that, does this mean your whole house should be checked for them just in case?
Great work with the jogging, you will get that time!!
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TXGRANDMA 6/13/2011 11:14PM

    That is a lot of money, just for plans! I think they are ripping you off big time but there is not much you can do emoticon (I'll bet)
Sorry about the termite damage. Darn things are a problem here, too. I hope it wasn't too extensive.
Congratulations on your great workout and good luck with your next 5K! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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First 5K photos/time 34.30.2

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hannah, me and Debbie b/4 race. We had light rain again in the early morning and was misty most of the race, very cool tto.
Start of race, I am nearer the back. There was suppositly over 1000+ racers.

Me in black #601

Rear view at the beginning.

Trying to get around slower racers and walkers

Signs that Debbie's daughters made to encourage us. They didn't know there was another way to spell Teri. It's the thought that counts.

Almost at the end.

Maybe 50 - 75 yards to go.

After the race was over.

My time on paper. First time is "Gun line time" and the second time is "Race finish time".
Since I was just hoping to be under 50 min. I am very excited about this time. I look forward to doing some more 5K's and doing a bit better. At 11.8 per mile, I think I did very well. Thanks for all the encouragement from my Sparks friends!

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FIRERY1 7/9/2011 5:57PM

    Sis, you are awesome! I knew you would have a good time, and good timing! Way to go, Girl!

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FIRERY1 7/9/2011 5:55PM

    Sis, you are awesome! I knew you would have a good time, and good timing! Way to go, Girl!

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BKWERM 6/20/2011 3:20PM

    Sorry for the late comment but Congratulations, Teri; you did Awesome!

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GIRLINMOTION 6/13/2011 10:43PM

    emoticon Way to go!!!!

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DDOORN 6/13/2011 12:35PM

    Woo hoo to your 5K!

Just did my first official 5K last month...35 mins. Not bad for someone who doesn't consider himself a runner...lol! Give me two wheels any day! But it was nice to join with other members of SparkPeople in our local 5K!


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LAURAAT 6/13/2011 12:06PM

    Awesome! Great job!!

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HIKINGSD 6/12/2011 11:59PM

    WOW!!! You kicked butt! Good work!

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LESSOFMOORE 6/12/2011 8:07PM

    Teri, I am so impressed! emoticon

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TERRYT55 6/12/2011 2:16PM

    SO cool.......you are FAST! My first 5K was 42 minutes and I haven't gotten any faster. You rock, Teri!

Great pictures, too.

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SOFEDUPP 6/12/2011 12:50PM

    That is awesome!!!

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SHERREMAC 6/12/2011 6:58AM

    Way to go!!!!

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BEEJAY49 6/12/2011 4:48AM

    You did great! Congratulations! :) Thank you for sharing the pictures! :)

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_LINDA 6/12/2011 1:45AM

    Well done Teri!! Love the photos!! 11 minutes a mile is a fabulous time!!
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CARANN56 6/11/2011 11:40PM

    Congratulations on a great 5K.


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TXGRANDMA 6/11/2011 11:25PM

    emoticonI am so proud of you! Fantastic job!

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MEYLOSE 6/11/2011 11:23PM

    well done and ty for sharing the photos

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    Love the pictures! Congratulations on running the 5K. You're doing GREAT! Love, Dawn emoticon

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Night b/4 first 5K

Friday, June 10, 2011

I have to admit I am a bit nervous. I just want to finish in under 50 min. I don't run, but I can jog a study 4.5 - 4.7 mph on the treadmill at the gym. I have also been practicing running outdoors on the street and sidewalks in the neighborhood. My sister said I should do it in under 20 min., but that sounded way too fast for a 5K the first time out. I think she is nuts, because she said she did her first one in 33 min., well la de la for her. She was also about 8 yrs. younger than I am now. So at 55 I will be happy to finish in a decent time. I just hope for a good nights sleep, not to sleep through the alarm and can keep up with my friend Debbie's, 12 yr. old daughter Hannah. Debbie will have my camera to take photos for me. She will hang on to my stuff too. Jeff will drop me off, but won't hang around. My son Frank may come down around 10am for the Flag Day festivities because you get free cake and ice cream. Being a runner I get a free pancake breakfast afterwards, it is $5 for those not running. I will pay for Franks pancakes and he can give me a ride home. I can walk home if not. It is maybe 1 1/2 miles to get home but if I am all sweaty it would be nice to have a ride. LOL. Let you all know the results tomorrow.

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JOOPRINCESS 6/12/2011 10:21PM

    YOU CAN DO THIS! Don't you worry either, it's not a competition against your sister. You do you. Can't wait to see the pictures!

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TERRYT55 6/12/2011 2:21PM

    I just read about your run..........you did such a great job. I can't even imagine doing a 5K in under 20 minutes even if I was an experienced runner. 34.30 is an amazing time.

Did you get a ride home? How was the pancake breakfast? When is your next run?

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    I hope that you're doing well & that the 5K went well for you. Love, Dawn emoticon

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_LINDA 6/11/2011 2:06AM

    Good luck!! All the best! You will get a time you will be happy with for your first time out! Enjoy the festivities afterwards. Cake sounds good as does pancakes :))

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#7 Chicago daylight pictures from the 38th floor

Friday, June 10, 2011

Not sure what the exact name is, some call it the "Bean".

This is where they have outdoor concerts, mostly free. Also a different view of that strange foot bridge from #6 blog

Michigan Ave. looking south.

View of the planitarium.

These are water fountains when they are turned on. Water will shoot out from where the mouth is. Kids play area

This building was across the street from the living room window. On nice days the residents come out and sun themselves on the roof. I love the artwork!

We were not sure what building this is. It is almost where the "Hard Rock Hotel" is located. Too bad from the street no one can see its beauty.

Ok, in the words of Porky Pig "Thats all folks"! I hope all my friends enjoyed seeing Chicago. This was my first trip and I went a little overboard with pictures. I was very excited to share these with everyone!

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_LINDA 6/11/2011 12:33PM

    These are awesome!! I can't imagine hanging ten that high and doing artwork like that!! that is really amazing!! Its always so wonderful to see where my friends have traveled and what they enjoyed seeing!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to share them all!

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DDOORN 6/10/2011 9:37AM

    Very nice!


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JANTWO 6/10/2011 12:41AM

    Awesome pictures!!!! Thank you for sharing them!!!!

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MCMARTI26 6/10/2011 12:35AM

    Loved the pictures!!! It makes you want to visit soon.

Thanks for sharing,

Carolina M.

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