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For work I sometimes travel. Recently one of those trips turned into a bigger adventure than I wanted. First of all, I want to thank some people -- the Prime Time Car Care store manager, the off-duty Red Oak, TX police officer who moonlights in security patrol for the Dallas shopping center on Lombardy where Pappadeaux is, and that restaurant's floor manager. There's an all-night CVS pharmacy in Dallas whose on-duty pharmacist was also very understanding.

Okay, no more Ms. Nice Chick.

Property crime response by the City of Dallas Police Department sucks.

Their standard response to burglary of a motor vehicle is, "Call this number and the expediter will take a list of the property you lost."

That's it. No patrol unit to come out, no fingerprints to be taken, no written report so you have actual documents to provide your insurance, nada.

"Call this number and the expediter will take a list of the property you lost."

Notice how this assumes the victim is to blame for the crime? It's not "the property stolen", it's "the property you lost."

It's not that some druggie busted the window out of the rental and swiped all your luggage, and did the same thing to half a dozen cars in the same parking lot in approximately a half-hour. It's not that some jerk stole your stuff to sell for dope money. It's not that your medications, your glucose meter, your orthopedic brace, your clothing, your identification, your eyeglasses, your carryon bag, matter, or that you matter; it's that the Dallas PD has to deal with so many instances of burglary of a motor vehicle in a given shift, they can't send out an officer to check out what happened EVEN IF HALF A DOZEN CARS WERE HIT AT THE SAME TIME AND PLACE, in broad daylight, at a popular restaurant in a busy shopping center.

It's as if the cops blame you.

If you report a crime, and you ask for a patrol officer to come out because some of the stolen property belongs to the state of Texas and some of the stolen property is worth more than $1,000, the wait in Dallas can be three to seven hours, routinely.

If you go to Dallas, be careful.
Help is not on the way.

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Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

About 30 years ago my girlfriend was involved in a hit & run in Dallas - after repeated calls I finally got a Dallas police officer to respond, but the sob tried to arrest me for insisting he file a report, insisting that HE do HIS DUTY at the time. Wonder why I haven't lived there for a very long time? And why I hate to go there?

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Submitted by Ruth on

I apologize for the treatment Sarah. Maybe you should have called the Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Lupe Valdez is a lesbian, she tries to keep her department responsible.

Next time you're going to be in Dallas (or farther north), lemme know and I'll meet you for lunch.

Ruth

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Submitted by Sarah on

mine was (except the glucose meter, test strips and State property) the majority of what (of our group's) was found in the dumpster. I got back my backpack, my truck keys and my shades.

So I'm pretty much okay.

But Dallas PD is 300 officers understrength, and I've got to believe that at least part of what's wrong with the department is policy.

Submitted by lambert on

Papa Dough?

Anyhow, if everybody carried a gun, none of this would happen.

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Submitted by Ruth on

As we are all journalist practitioners here. Glad you got your stuff back.

Ruth

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Submitted by Sarah on

for 'affordable' (aka Long John Silver's or Furr's) seafood ever again.
Cedar plank salmon, y'all, with roast asparagus (I did ask 'em to cook mine medium instead of rare, because even with beef I want a steak warm in the middle) is something mortals invented to convince themselves they'd ascended to godhood, y'know?

Submitted by lambert on

Which is why we publish recipes here! Real, i.e., not petroleum-based food is KEY.

No authoritarians were tortured in the writing of this post.

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...last night, with rhubarb out of MY OWN PATCH not 20 feet from my back door:

Rhubarb Crunch

First thing:

1 c. flour
3/4 c. oatmeal (regular, not instant)
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c (1 stick) butter, melted
1 tsp cinnamon (minimum. more is allowed)

Next thing:
1 c. white sugar
2 tbs. cornstarch
1 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla (see note on "cinnamon")

Last thing: 4 c. rhubarb, chopped to 1 in. pieces

Heat oven to 350. Mix flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon together. Should be crumbly. Press half into bottom of baking pan*

In medium saucepan mix white sugar, cornstarch, water and vanilla. Cook and stir constantly until thick (syrup-like, not plaster) and reasonably clear. Clarity may vary depending on whether you picked up stirring spoon without noticing it was just used to mix heavily-dyed red powdered drink product.

Throw chopped rhubarb into pan, flatten out. Pour hot syrupy stuff over top. Dribble remaining oatmeal mix over top and flatten to the degree practicable. Bake circa 1 hour at 350.

*Notes: recipe says 9 inch pan; I used a 9x13 and everything just barely fit. However the intent was to use up all the frozen rhubarb left over from last year. So far my six plants are not quite enough yet to produce a full batch of this size in one cutting. However I have upsized from a 4-plant patch to 6 this year and the new ones are coming along nicely so this problem may be solved.)

Recipe modified from one by Ms. Melissa Schuerer in the Guten Appetit from Amana Kitchens, The Amana Heritage Society Cookbook, Amana Iowa 1985. The original called for 3 cups rhubarb mixed with 1 c. strawberries but I cannot grow strawberries for shit. Plants, yes: fruit, no. I would rip the damn things out in frustration but they are in an odd location and I have no idea what to replace them with, so I just leave them and periodically glare in their direction.

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Submitted by Sarah on

around the strawberry plants' roots -- 's late this year but if yours overwinter (or you put out new ones, mix this in the mulch) and some crushed eggshell. Something about soils and strawberry plants ... they need to be petted.

Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

< /rimshot >

I'm pretty sure I planted some but I see no evidence that they ever came up. Cucumbers...why would you thin those? Steering them can be a problem as they will try to climb and otherwise molest anything growing nearby. They must be gently disciplined to sprawl only in harmless directions as they spread away from their hill. (Why I can grow pickles by the bushel-load and not a squash or pumpkin continues to puzzle me. Watermelon remains in the uncertain category as (a) it is all volunteer from last year--feral if you will--and (b) it hasn't shown any inclination to blossom yet although vines are extensive.)

Carrots, however, yeah, I could use some advice there too. The seeds are so damn tiny I apparently, um, overdid, and now have a solid row of intermingled green wavy fronds with nary a space between them. Is there any hope of transplanting them, like moving every other one a couple of inches sideways, or must we be brutal and consign 90 percent to their doom?

(I feel like I should be starting this "Dear Gardenhouse Adviser, I never thought I'd be writing you but..." )

:)

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Submitted by Ruth on

and impressionable, water the soil around the carrot sprouts so that it will give easily and they won't break, prepare some soil if you have some elsewhere, maybe another row next to the one you have, pull out about 3/4 of the sprouts, relocate as many as you can ofthem into the nearby very soppy soft spot and tamp down gently, you may save a good number of them. The others are sprouts, can be salad accordingly.

Ruth

Submitted by lambert on

But I didn't make the soil soppy. I bet that was the problem, because they weren't happy.

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