Here's my question: When do you file a missing person's report on someone who you barely know? I'm sure there's a protocol for this, but I don't know it. I do know that I'm
seriously worried moderately concerned about my neighbors.
Remember Mary & Harold? The one's with the beautiful yard? The giggly old man and his super-hero wife?
Well, back in APRIL, about mid-way through, Mary came over to the house. It was unusual, but I was happy to have her. She sat at my table in the weird walk-through-maybe-a-dining-area-but-definitely-not-a-room place, and we chatted. She scraped at the dried-up-something that was on my table with her fingernail. I was embarrassed, but tried to ignore it. After all, there wasn't anything I could do about it now. Plus, at least it gave her something to do with her hands.
When our visit was nearly over, she told me about her grandson - great baseball player. Her & the mister were going to be traveling up to Illinois here in the next couple of days. Gonna be gone for 6 weeks. And don't you know, the post office will only hold your mail for a month; after that, it gets returned to sender. She asked if I would mind picking up her mail for her. Said she'd bring me back some cheese, if I liked cheese.
I love cheese, almost as much as I love getting mail. It was a great proposition. I wish people propositioned me like that all the time. But as I said, this was in April. It is now mid-August. April to May, 1 month. May to June, 2 months. June to July, 3 months. July to August, 4 months. FOUR MONTHS. Instead of the stated 6 weeks. Like, three times as long.
My objection to this delay has nothing to do with getting their mail. Although I have become a little more lax, picking it up only every 2 or 3 days, I don't mind doing it. It's the fact that they said six weeks and it's been four months, combined with the fact that I watch too much Law & Order. Handsome says that since their lawn keeps getting mowed (by a company) and their electric still turns on, they must be alive to be paying the bills. However, I think I've gotten to him. I told him it could be a direct draft situation. So next time they come, he's going to ask them if they've actually talked to Mary & Harold.
Do you have any other suggestions for us? We don't have a phone number, or even know the names of the family they went to visit. For the record, if I'm ever gone for 3x as long as I said, please come looking for me.
Wanting to be a good citizen,