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MONDAY, JULY 04, 2011
The other night (morning?) I got woken up at about six am by a screaming woman outside my bedroom window. She was fucking wailing. It scared the shit out of me. Enough so for me to get out of bed and peek out my window to see what the hell was going on out there.

"Don't fucking touch me!" "Get off of me!" she screamed and cried. I saw her run out from behind my neighbour's fence and into my view. She was wearing little tiny shorts and a little tiny top, sobbing, crying and screaming. After screaming and protesting for a brief while, she turned, hesitated, and went back. She stumbled back to where she had come from, sobbing and saying something about needing her clothes back. That was the last I heard.

I found myself overcome with conflicting emotions. I spent the whole day thinking about her. While this had been going on, I wondered if I should call the cops, or go out and try to help her. Offer her my couch, maybe. I didn't do either, and felt incredibly guilty about it. What happened? All sorts of hypothetical situations crossed my mind. Maybe she'd been up all night doing drugs with this dude and he pulled something. Maybe she was sleeping on the couch or the spare bed and he pulled something. Maybe they were getting fucked up together and she just freaked out. In east van, it's hard not to assume that drugs played some role in this domestic dispute, especially considering the time of the freak out.

But more importantly, it brought back a series of disturbing memories of my own. In times where i've had to make sudden, abbrupt exits (escapes), if I had been screaming in the back alley, would anyone have helped me? Doubtful.

Whatever the moral of the story, I have become ever more wary of my neighbours.
Alamir

Alamir

That was a crazy story. I wonder if it's because you're in East Van that you didn't care as much. I wonder if it happened in West Van what people's reactions would be? Oh and speaking of which, I saw two homeless people near West Vancouver a block away from each other walking in the middle of the road holding signs while asking for change. In a way I was glad they were asking West Van people... it made sense.

Kastinator

KASTINATOR

This shit happens everywhere. The only difference, when it comes to drug use, is that people in West Van have big double doors and doctor's prescriptions to hide their addictions behind. People in my neighbourhood often don't have that luxury.

Alamir

Alamir

Yeah I definitely agree with you that it happens a lot in West Van behind closed doors (or the West Vanners just go to East Van) so it makes it more common for public drug use to be seen in East Van...which is why I wonder if it happened in somewhere where you don't see it in public as much (like West Van) would people still not help?

Matty

Matty

Wow, wicked story! You know if you went out to help, the guy would have been like "mind your own business" and diverted his anger toward you. You would have had to kick the shit out of him, at which point the girl, who was just moments ago was trying to get away from this dude, starts beating on you because she still "loves" this guy.
I think you did the right thing. They were probably drugged up and had an argument over something stupid. If the last thing you saw was her walking back in the direction she came from, and it wasn't followed by gunshots or blood-curdling screams, she's probably OK.

Sorrel

Sorrel

Captivating story, I read the whole thing (rare). Alamir, I was wondering the same thing.. I was walking downtown with P a while ago and a guy was propped up against the wall outside London Drugs. He really looked dead. Everybody was looking, but it seems nobody did anything. I think the area really played into the lack of empathy the public shows... and Matt, I'm almost surprised to hear that point of view from a cop! lol, but I think you are probably right too.
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