We don’t know why we channeled DeNiro’s oft-repeated line from Goodfellas but it came to us and seemed appropriate this morning.
People who know us would say we tend to swing more to the realist than the alarmist. Being frightened of things we see happening around us tends to shut down the brain and we prefer to acknowledge certain facts and respond to them.
That said, recent developments indicate to us that Lamorinda – our chosen quadrant of the 24/680 – seems to be getting more than its fair share of attention from people exhibiting ill intent towards us. And that hurts us, just a little bit.
While we’re just like every other community in the Bay Area – and Texas, and Georgia, and Idaho – whatever bastion of civility and liberty you’ve chosen as home ground, we’re not invulnerable or immune from incursion by ne’er do wells.
In the not-too-distant past Moraga, at least, has enjoyed some sense of protection afforded by its relative isolation with its sister cities suffering a bit more due to their exposure to our namesake highways.
Lately, however, we’ve seen a virtually unheard of bank mugging in Moraga, some fisticuffs, a number of burglaries, package thefts, pursuits, a robbery at knifepoint and some suspicious cruising by folks we figure are here to size us up. A sharp-eyed Orinda PD officer chased a plate-less Audi (that enforcing legislation doesn’t seem to be working too well) out of town just this morning (Wednesday) with the driver disappearing into the much-maligned Caldecott Tunnel.
It appears we have stuff people want and they’re coming here to get it. We would counsel some increased vigilance on the part of locals, development of basic urban survival skills, and some increased good neighborliness as we circle the wagon.
Just putting it out there for now as we push through this latest spate of incidents and look for ways to protect our mail, bikes, money, and mums and dads.
This, too, shall pass. But we’re thinking we’re going to have to suffer first – hopefully just a little bit.