So things are slow, WTOP is writing about the Air Guitar championships, and most people are at the beach instead of reading blogs. People are still continuing to shoot at each other. Since this is a Friday, and I'm still researching my final two WMATA pieces (sorry for the delay), I wanted to ask the readers a question. How often do you find yourself calling the police in DC?
I'd say I call 911 on average 2-3 times a month, probably more in the summer. Yesterday alone, I had to call twice. The first was when some asshole in a Mini Cooper ran into a cyclist at 16th and Euclid. The cyclist started yelling at the driver and punching the car, at which point the Mini Cooper went into reverse (in the middle of rush hour), and attempted to speed off up 16th Street. Except he was too busy being an asshole to notice the girl on the Vespa he was about to hit. Whoops. No one was injured, but I wanted to relay the tag number in case he sped away again. My favorite part was the random bystander who screamed at the top of her lungs and started sobbing "oh my god!"
The second call was around 10:15 pm, when I heard 7 or so gunshots. It was two shots, then a series of three more, then a pause, and then two more. At first I assumed it was firecrackers, but then realized my mistake. Especially when the shots began to get closer to my window, and the people on the street backed up against a wall and looked frightened. So I call 911, and this time am directed to some sort of automated message I was not expecting, I think asking me to press a button to continue in English. I had never heard that before, I hung up and dialed again, this time getting an operator. MPD was on the scene within a few minutes, so not too bad.
Generally I end up calling for gunshots or suspicious activity, sometimes car accidents with injuries. And there was that one time a guy kept driving around the block in a BMW while masturbating.
I try not to fall into the trap of "well, if it's serious someone else would call," because if something was happening to me, I would hope whoever saw or heard it would call the police. It's better safe than sorry, and I'm not calling for things that would be a waste of time (e.g. no chicken nuggets, well-dressed black people walking on the street).
How about you all?