I opened the door to see a couple of smiling police officers. They were there to gather our information to make their incident report. They informed us we may have to appear in court at some point.
The next day a nicely suited man came to our apartment to talk with us for a bit. He actually said many sympathetic things including, “Somebody was definitely looking out for you and your family.” Diana and myself couldn’t agree more with that statement.
He also mentioned there had been complaints filed against this man in the past. He shared it was felt this man wasn’t entirely stable. The nice young detective also apprised us a little of this man’s past saying, he and his family had pulled up stakes out of the southern U.S. to settle here in California.
The police would hold him for his hearing in 10 days. “…looks like he’ll get a couple of years.” For us it seemed there would be a few quiet days and nights ahead, thank goodness.
We spend one more Christmas at the Pico apartment building when we realised we’d have to make yet another move. Things generally speaking were pretty good but as the rent increased my salary just wasn’t quite enough, at best it was about $350 monthly.
Little did I know I was also about to switch jobs. So I say we were very fortunate to find another nice apartment. It was comfortable, affordable and closer still to the beach. In fact we gained an extra bedroom; see how these things work themselves out. It was on 4th street, west of Lincoln, still in Santa Monica, always in Santa Monica.
This place had a nice living unit on top of the owner’s garage which was divided into two rentable spaces; a single unit and a family unit. The owner of the property resided there as well but in the single family dwelling up in the front.
We had the larger of the 2 units and next-door to us was already residing a caucasian man, older than me to be sure but hardly a senior.
Everything was good as we went about our daily lives; my going to work, the normal mother at home stuff for Diana and going out to the park and beach as often as possible with the kiddos and my wife. We always enjoyed these outings, the kids loved it as much as we did.