Friday, February 20, 2009

The Felon Patrol

Okay, this is interesting. A friend forwarded this to me, and it works. Click on this link, then type your address in the boxes at the top of the page. It will show you all the convicted felons in your neighborhood. Look for the red balloons and red push pins. Very enlightening. Not much in my actual neighborhood, but a collection of sexual offenders, arsonists, stalkers, and assaults on the county islands bordering us. I guess I'm a real Pollyanna because I'm surprised! But it's nice to know who lives where you walk, ride bikes, etc... By the way, when you move the cursor away from your immediate neighborhood, you'll need to enter new addresses for the info to come up again.

Speaking of lurking, another interesting little 'thing' popped up this week. I put that little Feedjit gadget down on the sidebar because I enjoy seeing the little dots light up when people hit my blog from various locations. It's fun to imagine who's viewing my blog, where friends might be traveling, or why someone in Dubai would read my blog. I think a lot of the hits from across the pond are random, but sometimes I speculate that maybe one of my friends is taking a wonderful European tour or an exotic hop through Indonesia. It's a little geography lesson!

Anyway, the point of this? The Feedjit gadget also tells me what posts people look at, what searches they perform on my blog, etc... Well -- once in awhile there's a sicko. I just noticed this week that someone in New Orleans had searched my blog for 'skimpy', 'naked', 'nude'. Uhhhh -- sorry buddy! I'm very middle-aged and you don't WANT to see it skimpy, naked, OR nude! I come from basic Midwestern stock and I won't be posting anything skimpy, naked, or nude! So there! By the way, I'm not in the buff in that childhood beach photo. I have on a one-piece suit that blends into the background. Get out your magnifying glass!

And back to the subject of felons -- remember those houses in foreclosure that I speculated were being stripped? On Tuesday, I drove past on my way to run errands. There were two Chandler police units on site talking to a man in a pickup truck. He had pulled the truck back in under a garage to try and hide it. Since the police station is located directly south of there, I'm guessing they had also noticed the ripped out windows and were waiting to catch a thief. I'm hoping they busted the guy!

Book 'em Dan-O!


Vee said...

I've checked our address before, Beck, and as I suspected, we're surrounded by all sorts of nefarious characters. We're in an urban area, so although I wasn't surprised, it was enlightening to learn exactly how dangerously we live!

jeanie said...

Can't do it from Canada. Or maybe we don't have any felons.LOL

Life's a Beach! said...

Jeanie, I'm sure Canada doesn't have felons. Ha! Actually, Canada's always struck me as being a less violent country. It's just the damn 'cold' that keeps me from moving there and taking advantage of your health insurance! :) Is there a Banana Belt?

Vee, what's weird is every other time I do it, a different set of names come up. Sometimes, it shows our suburban neighborhood as being pearly white, and this last time it showed a lot of 'stuff'. There must be some glitches in it, but it's interesting. I did it on my old neighborhood back in Bellevue, WA, and a couple of the names that came up -- I remembered the exact incident.

Isla Deb said...

Wow, that's pretty interesting about the felons! I have a few attempted murderers nearby...they live in the neighborhood behind my house! Yikes!! And thanks for the Feedjit info. I added one to fun!

Bennie said...

That's a cool link, and funny what people search your site for. I may have to add that feedjit to my blog.

Life's a Beach! said...

Benny, that Feedjit gadget is pretty neat! I found your blog (by way of Sue) the other day and I'm adding it to my list! :) I really enjoyed the Portland post. We used to travel there all the time when we lived in Seattle. One time we were staying at the Portland Airport Embassy Suites and Air Force One landed within our view. And the motorcade with all the black SUV's and guns came right below our window! Life on the Road!

Life's a Beach! said...

Deb, I ran right over to your blog so I'd be a dot on your Feedjit Map! :)

Sue said...

Beck - just want to say that I liked the Feedjit thingy and added it to my blog just for the heck of it. After a few days, I've decided it's a keeper, so wanted to write and thank you for the info!

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