This Zimmerman story and all the talk about Neighborhood Watches etc has got me thinking. This douchebag was cruising around like a wannabe Bernie Goetz. I wonder if I've run into people like that before. I used to hang out with a part-time crackhead. I didn't smoke or like crack, but I did like money. So when he mentioned the idea of going over to this one nice neighborhood and looking for something to steal, I thought, fuck it, let's go. We make the long trek and then look around for a while and he spots a bike in a garage he can grab, does it, and the homeowner must've heard and the door opens. We book - him on his conveniently newly acquired Schwinn, me on my 2 month old sneakers. I run maybe a block and then just start the long walk home. Night's over apparently. About 6 blocks later, still in the heart of unfamiliar suburbs, a car pulls up and stops. Now, I must have been unbelievably dumb at the time (this is a recurring theme, that night and way beyond) because I didn't think anything of it. 3 guys a little younger than me - they looked like they just got their license - ask me if I need a ride. It just so happened that I sure as shit did need one. I get in and ask what are you guys doing tonight. Without hesitation the driver replies "looking for faggots". Don't ask me what I made of that at the time. I think the answer is nothing. How that's possible I don't know. Anyway I didn't ask a follow up question. But I specifically remember not being too worried. They gave off a vibe which I later in life identified with wackers - EMTs or EMT wannabes who love to monitor police channels and head to the scene of an accident to observe any carnage that's available for viewing. In the same retrospect, I could see if these kids were wannabe police or neighborhood watch. I could also even see if they were faggots. What do you think? I mean aside from my complete cluelessness about the possibility that they were out looking for (and found, knowingly or unknowingly) something to do with the robbery that just happened in their neighborhood. Honestly neither occurred to me at the time, which is so baffling it burns a hole in my brain now. They dropped me at home and I never heard from them again.