Tonight I went to a neighborhood watch meeting.
There's an organization in San Francisco (and in most cities) that helps neighborhoods deal with safety and some quality of life issues. Tonight's meeting was the first step in organizing the people on our block to help prevent crimes and respond appropriately when they do happen. Volunteers for various tasks were solicited (I signed up for the easiest task) and the beginnings of a plan were put into place.
All in all, it was a very civil and sedate meeting. No one got freaked out about crime and we all made nice nice. That was until the meeting facilitator opened up the floor to anyone with an issue. What we then learned is that people on my block don't really have safety issues, they have parking issues.
Person A was mad that people park across their driveways. Person B urged us to help each other fight parking tickets, by erasing the chalk marks that the meter maids use to ticket cars without residential parking permits. Person C thought that Person B's idea was horrible, and was actually counterproductive to being able to park in our own neighborhood.
An excellent argument ensued. The meeting facilitator yelled at us, and a small part of me secretly hoped that irony would rule the day, and a fist fight would break out at this, our very first neighborhood safely meeting. Alas, it did not come to blows. :(
But maybe we'll make our neighborhood a teeny bit safer. And maybe I'll get to see a good fight at the next meeting. That would make a MUCH better blog post.