Perhaps the highlight (at least for Dale) was “meeting” the Keepon, a small yellow robot designed to study social interaction but mostly famous for appearing in this ridiculously cute video (wherein his scientist/creator studies as Keepon interacts with the public):
Dale was taking some laundry out on our back porch when he found our neighbor and a police officer on the neighbor’s porch (it’s all connected). So he stopped and realized that our neighbor had been burglarized! Scary! And we also realized the screen to our bedroom window was pushed up…
Anyway, we’re VERY thankful the criminal did not make his way into our little home–and that I’m paranoid enough to keep windows locked (side effect of growing up in Flint, Michigan). Had the window been unlocked it would have been easy for the thief to get in–and our kitty cats to get outside! I’d be deeply upset if someone broke into our home but I would deranged if my baby kitties were roaming the streets due to some asshat that can’t make his own way in the world without trying to take our stuff! That said, we’re also very sad for our nice neighbor. The dirty thief broke the window out of his backdoor (we have a windowless back door) and made off with some money and his son’s X-Box. Boo! Hiss! I hate thieves!
And don’t worry about us! Crime in our neighborhood is actually very, very low! All of the crime for the ENTIRE city in the month of September can be found on this map. And we didn’t have a single crime on our block last month. So while we are freaked out about this, we know it’s an unusual occurrence. We’re just going to be extra vigilant about locking doors and windows.