Where to start. It was a nice fall Saturday and I had spent most of the morning just tooling around the yard doing fall clean up. I was inside taking a little break when my 2 little dogs started yapping. This wasn’t unusual with the large amount of deer that frequent the yard and I was expecting FedEx at some point so I had left the gate open. I check the security cameras and see a white vehicle coming up the driveway, delivery time I think, so up and out the front door I go. Here’s where it goes south. No, it wasn’t FedEx, but 4 people in an SUV all of which quickly exit the vehicle. I was not exactly pleasant as I gave them the old ‘what do you want.’ Two of the people were interested in buying some property behind mine that is landlocked and the other two had inherited it and were trying to sell. Anyway they asked if they could walk through and I’m thinking why not you’re already trespassing! So anyway I begrudgingly walked them down the hill and across the creek to where they could walk the property themselves.
OK, so what’s the problem? The problem is, I know better! Here I am, standing in the middle of the woods with 4 complete strangers, without my cell phone, without my firearm and my wife has no idea where I am. How dumb can I be? I never leave the house without my cell, knife and firearm, yet here I am. Because I was expecting a delivery my guard was down and that can turn bad very quickly. Sometimes the fact that we live in a very rural area we can make us complacent, same as living in a nice ‘safe’ neighborhood or secure apartment building. We can get lulled into a false sense of security. Remember the couple in St Louis when the BLM mob climbed over the walls of their gated community? Think it could happen where you are? It all ended amicably, but my stupid mistake cost me some sleep.
It’s important to learn from every mistake we make, so we’re going to be keeping the gate, not only closed, but locked. We’ve put a large plastic bin near the top of the drive for UPS and FedEx to drop the packages safely and out of the weather. Now, time for some target practice.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.