It's probably stupid to even mention it here, I guess. But it's annoying...
We came home (from the parade) to a message on our answering machine (made at 12:17 p.m.) from a person identifying himself as Sgt. Steve X (I'm omitting the actual names) from the X County Sheriff's Department. It ran on and on about some drug-related investigation of our home.
We got another call at 7:30 p.m. from the same person. Marilyn picked him up and talked to him. He asked her if he'd reached the Piltz residence and when she said 'no' he hung up.
Now me, I can often sleep through phone calls when I'm dead tired. So I didn't hear the two additional calls that came through at 3:17 and 3:18 a.m. last night!
Caller ID gives us the name and phone number for three of the calls. The first one comes up as 'unidentifed.'
They're originating at a 360 area code.
When Marilyn told me about it this morning, I phone the X County Sheriff's Department and talked to a sergeant there. He told me they had no Sgt. X working for them--and never had.
I've no clue why someone would do this. But when the calls come in the middle of the night, that's harassment in my book.
Right now Marilyn's just so sensitive to any and all phone calls, anyway.
After we got home from the parade she got so many calls on her cell phone that it was impossible for her to even try to nap. She finally fell asleep late last night.
Then this crap happens.
Because it's all about her welfare for me, I'm seeing red right now.
The problem is that there's nothing we can do on a Sunday. And she's in editing doing the one hour version of the parade for the next three days...
I suppose if it doesn't happen again that we'll let it go. Otherwise, Marilyn has a lot of friends in the Portland Police Department she can contact for further help.
I don't know what's involved when someone is phoning from out-of-state, though!
(You know, Marilyn is also friends with the former local head of the F.B.I., if it ever comes to that...)
The guy sounds amazingly genuine, by the way. It's hard to believe it's a prank when you hear him.
Well, there are all kinds of both crazy and mean people in the world. As much as I like to believe there's good in everyone, there is evil in the world and there are evil people--who do evil things.
What possible reason could someone have for doing this?
One of our initial reactions was to wonder about the man who lives in the house behind us. We've got some serious issues with him and there have been rumors in the past that he's involved with drugs.
Having interacted with him several times, it wouldn't surprise me in the least to find out it's true. He's so slimey in personality that after he shook my hand one time and practically dashed to the sink to scrub it clean!
He's not physically dirty, mind you. He's got a tan so dark it's creepy and has a thick head of hair really groomed like mad.
But he's... ugh. It's next to impossible to describe in words. It's about what he makes me feel when we talk!
(You know the character Grima Wormtongue from "LOTR: The Two Towers"? Think how you feel about him--minus how he actually looks, though. LOL.)
Anyway, just another negative to deal with.
This has been a tough year.
But we survived the parade for 2004! (Hurray!)
Actually, the Grand Floral Parade of 2004 went wonderfully!
One of the least stressful parades I can remember. Things just moved along really smoothly (with very few glitches).
I've never seen Marilyn so calm and relaxed on parade day!
We saw our nephew, his wife and their six-year-old both before and after the parade.
In fact, after the parade we had the three of them, our cousin Linda and her boyfriend and our friend Shari all outside the Command Post! Amazing.
I never saw my friend Denise and her granddaughter, though. Too bad! (I'd wanted to wish her a happy birthday...)
Well, Marilyn's showering and then we'll be off. We need to go down to the office to unpack the car and probably down to Waterfront Village. I don't think we'll go by the Showcase of Floats, though...
Happy Sunday to all my friends...