I hate to keep posting about what’s going on in other cities, but Metblog MontrĂ©al has a first-hand account of today’s school shooting (one of our blogging comrades, Jay, apparently works at the college in question).

My cousin lives in Washington, D.C. and sometimes laughs at Orlando because we’re so “backwater.” And we are–people leave their doors unlocked and yell, “Come in!” when someone knocks, and that’s right here in west Orange county in the year 2006. My friends’ kids go to Dillard Street Elementary, walk home through a neighborhood that looks like something off of “The Andy Griffith Show,” and play outside in the street with their friends. Next time my cousin says we’re backwater, I think I’m going to say, “Thank you.”

We sometimes lament not being a more world-capital, metropolitan city, but so many great ones–New York City, MontrĂ©al, Los Angeles–can tell stories about grand-scale awful crimes that we, so far, have managed to escape. I haven’t figured out in my own head if being in a big city is the problem or not. I can just tell you that after reading about Jay’s “day at the office,” I’m really happy to be living in Mayberry.

UPDATE: Rachel (comment below) raises an important point…Kids, do NOT try this at home. Leaving your door open is not a good idea, even in broad daylight, even when you did grow up with 75% of the people who live on your street. Use the freakin’ lock. (The worst part is, the most common reason for leaving the door open is, “Well, the cat/dog likes to go in and out.” I suppose if their DVD players are stolen, they’re going to blame it all on Fluffy. Enjoy your nice neighborhood, but yes, be sensible.)

1 Comment so far

  1. Rachel (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    God Lord! I hope you don’t leave your doors open and yell come in! There is a big difference in not being scared at home and just being stupid. I used live in a town of 20,000 in the middle of the midwest and even we didn’t do that!

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