June 20, 2010

Spider in the neighborhood


  Ted and Joyce are at their condo at the beach. There is a cluster of condos where the couple vacations. Each has two stories with a balcony on the second floor. Each cluster is six stories high. Ted and Joyce live on the top --fifth and sixth floor levels.
  This particular Sunday night the couple is watching television on their lower level. It’s about 9 o’clock at night.
Without detection, a burglar, with the skill of a Spiderman, scales the walls on the outside of the condo. He enters Ted and Joyce’s condo at the balcony level which is six stories up.
  The burglar takes money and credit cards from Joyce’s purse. Ted’s money is in his wallet -- in his pocket only one floor below. A gold colored cameo ring is also taken from a counter in the bathroom.
  About the time Joyce discovered her money is gone, maybe an hour later, there’s a knock on the door. It’s the police! They were called by the people on the first floor who saw a man wearing a backpack slide down a nylon rope and run.
  The first floor neighbor is the only one who saw the burglar and they got only a glimpse of him. Dressed in all black, medium everything, blonde hair and a short trimmed beard.
  The balcony levels of all three condos were hit by the Spiderman. This isn’t the first time the cops have heard about this. Motel guests with balconies have also been reporting loss of money and property. Some blame defenseless maids for the losses, but the cops believe it’s the balcony bandit.
  Nearly all beachside motels now have balconies. I’ve always felt safe with the room door locked. The one in the hallway. Now it’s time to begin locking the sliding glass door to the balcony. Some guys just aren’t afraid of heights.

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