My neighbor called the other day to say he had been robbed. Just the thought sent a shudder through me. He told me they had broken into his garage, breaking the door, and into the car, prying open the door and doing so much damage the old car was considered totaled by the insurance company, forcing him to get a new used car. It seems our neighborhood has been the target for thieves as another neighbor said they took the copper from their AC, causing more damage than the copper ws worth.
One of the worst feelings we can experience is being robbed. Someone violates our sacred space, our home, and takes away things that do not belong to them. I have been robbed a number of times of late, and it is a feeling that leaves me looking over my shoulder, and has prompted me to keep a hammer close at hand, in the case I have to confront someone who has broken in. I do not own a gun, and do not want one.
Though I write about murder, I do not want to kill anyone, not even a robber. I may want to rearrange their knee caps and have them think twice about coming back here again, but I don’t want to kill them. However, I do want them to hurt for the violation of my space and safety that they breached. I do believe in Karma, even if I don’t get to see their payback, I believe it will come their way sooner or later. Karmic payback can he the worst experience!
A sad note to the first robbery I suffered was that my grumpy, drug abusing neighbor sat and watched making no move to call the cops as they hauled off things from the porches. Mostly they got old tools and ladders. The thieves came back a number of times to see if I was stupid enough to replace the items and leave them out in the same places for the burglars to come back and take them again.
When I discovered what had happened, I called the police. I have become good friends with the police recently. The police say they can do little about this sort of crime unless they catch someone in the act. We have a good police presence in the area, and my house is three blocks from the police station, yet, they can not be everywhere at once.
I look for the lesson, and for what I can do with this negative experience to turn it into any sort of positive at all. It is an experience that I do not want repeated; however it can be put to use as I create characters and situations. My sense of loss, violation and a lingering fear that I may not be safe in my own home are frustrating feelings that can help me write a better character, add depth to a scene and dialogue.
These robberies have left more than the invisible, psychological scars. Sadly the damage the thieves leave behind in their wake is a problem that leaves the homeowner having to shell out money to replace and repair what they ruined. As I cry in my beer about my dilemma, I thought some good comfort food would help get through the conflicting emotions firing inside of me as I write this blog. Below is a great recipe for a pizza that will do less damage than the thieves.
NO DOUGH PIZZA
1 (8 oz) package of full fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
toppings – pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, peppers
Preheat oven to 350.
Lightly spay a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese until combined. Spread into baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, our until golden brown. Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.
Spread pizza sauce on crust. Top with cheese and toppings. Sprinkle pizza with garlic powder. Bake 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.