Friday, July 26, 2013
The Mean Streets of Cadbury
I have a yarn store in my town and there is a real one in Pacific Grove. Of course, I went into the real one while I was there, and of course, I didn’t leave without buying some yarn and some interchangeable knitting needles.
I stopped at Asilomar, the hotel and conference center that has a remarkable resemblance to Vista Del Mar. I spend so much time there in my head when I’m writing, going to the real place felt like going home.
I picked up a copy of the Pacific Grove newspaper to see what was going on. My favorite section is the Cop Log. In Cadbury there are lots of murders, but not much other crime. Pacific Grove doesn’t seem to have a lot of murders, judging by the edition of the paper I saw, nor a lot of heavy crimes. Here are some samples from the paper.
The top story was about a bicyclist that hit a bump in the road and fell off his bike. Someone called for medical assistance.
Another report said that two males were reported arguing near a fountain. It was reported as a physical fight, but turned out not to be.
A resident was burning debris in their backyard and the fire captain advised them there was a city ordinance against it. The fire was put out with a garden hose.
A dog owner didn’t pay for grooming and bathing services and the police were contacted.
The final one I’m going to mention had the heading Sleepy Burglar. A residence was broken into, but nothing was taken. The evidence of the break in was a broken window and crumpled bed covers.
In the book I’m writing now, I have a cop answering a report that someone has jumped in with the sea otters at the Monterey Bay aquarium. It sounds like it fits right in with the truth.