I am Jack’s heart attack

So, I’m sitting on the couch next to the front door at around 9 or so last night, working on my dissertation, when I hear someone walk up to the front step and then TRY THE DOOR HANDLE. Fortunately, it’s locked. A pause, then a knock. I look out the window, we’ve not turned on the porch light and all I can see is the outline of a large man. I flip on the porch light, confirm that it’s a large man and holler MATT!!!! (who is annoyed because he’s on bedtime duty and Harry has just fallen asleep. Whoopsie.)

I explained to him why I was yelling and he opened the door with a gruff “what’s up?” Turns out it’s a delivery guy with a bag full of takeout food for our address, but we haven’t ordered anything. I watched from the hallway so that I could reassure H that everything was okay, but also waiting for the guy to jump Matt. Surely this wasn’t some elaborate ruse to case our (admittedly magnificent — ha!) house? And just an honest mistake? But why would he try the door first?

Maybe I read our neighborhood crimewatch reports too much, or maybe the timing was off — I’d had the woman who was just viciously raped in Hyde Park on my mind all day –but this was terrifying. I can’t even begin to imagine what would have happened if I’d been home alone or had chosen not to open the door (we’ve had a spate of burglaries that begin with someone knocking on the door to see if anyone’s home).

Time for a panic room?

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  1. lisa

     /  August 6, 2008

    A delivery person should never try the door first. I’d be concerned too. I’m glad you are all okay.

  2. Yvonne

     /  August 7, 2008

    Do you have a neighborhood association? If there’s any kind of email or other communication that goes out, I’d give this guy’s description so others can be on the look out.

    This same kind of thing was happening in our hood in Dallas. Our neighborhood watch kept everyone updated and people started calling in when they saw suspicious activity like this (one person knocked on our door asking for water; we think they were casing). Eventually, three people were arrested.

    I’m glad your door was locked!

  3. Michael Mahoney

     /  August 7, 2008

    Man, somebody jiggling a doorknob, in gun-happy Texas, with laws that practically encourage homeowners to pop a cap in any intruder’ ass, that guy is as stupid as he is menacing. That said, a harrowing, cautionary tale. Thank goodness, Matt to the rescue!


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