It must be the computer games!

Some years back, I was walking down my block in the Jersey City Heights when I spotted a notorious local career criminal. I at first couldn’t believe my eyes for the last I’d heard was the he had been sent to prison for ten years. Finally approaching, yes indeed it was him. He’d just gotten out. I hope that the years had flown by as quickly for him as they had for me. While talking with him, I began to unlock the steel roll-down gate on my garage.

“What’s with the heavy metal? Do you store something valuable in there?”

“Nah, it’s just that the crew across the street were real hard core like and were breakin’ into everythin’ up and down the block just to steal anything. They was real bad; worse than you, even.”

As a flat statement, without a trace of irony, “That’s hard to believe.”

“Yeah, but it’s true. One broke the father’s arm and the other broke the mother’s jaw.”

“Jeez! It must be the computer games!”

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About Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.
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