I have a left brain/right brain argument going on with myself. Just now while browsing HTF (instead of working ) A car pulls in the driveway. I go back & forth on these things and decide today; - I’m not in the mood to answer the door to a total stranger by attempting to converse through the glass window located near to door to find out what he wants. So I hide. He stands on my porch for a long while, with no knock. I hear him talking so I think there are two. Turns out he must have been on a cell phone for as he leaves I only spot the one. He is on my front porch so long ...I have time to pick up a phone (ready to dial 911) then sneak past windows through which he might see me, and retrieve a handgun, then I sit. He is there a long while, knocking only, very softly, - once. I don’t know what his request would have been. Background: One: My Mother was robbed in front of a Blockbusters when she was with me a couple of months back. .. I am sensitized currently; the suddenness of the violence did scare the hell out me that night, rising so abruptly during the middle of the mundane errands of life. Two: Crime has risen in the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex due to Katrina influx. Edited: to get rid of thinking out loud while typing yesterday. The gist of it. Out of 4 recent door solicitations. 3 did something out of the normal parameters. 2 by driving only to my house and knocking...then driving off. In all past experience; they are on foot....going door to door.. you see them walking the street both sides. Why come to one house (mine) only...to sell magazines ..or ask for money, then leave the area. The blockbuster incident was in an area near her home, previously nice & quiet, which is becoming dangerous.. Immediately after we were robbed, I see a “Dallas Swat” incident on TV, where a man in a top corner outer apartment (the same I chased the robber into) had held off police shooting about 50+ rounds of ammo, locking down the strip mall we were at and the nearby large & busy intersection. I have lived here long enough to know that people selling magazines, asking for money, selling the “best soap ever” to clean anything in your life.. come through in waves....like customers at 7-eleven. Whenever it starts in past years ...it seems to have a cycle with long lulls in between. Just now, ....the knock today...I am musing...should I prepare for ‘home’ invasion, and if so, How? I feel like a total goose. I have never been known for ‘nerves’ but am feeling them now. My life is changing currently...this exacerbates the feelings of [I don’t know ? what ? I’m feeling]. If life is dealing me a coincidental amount of traffic at the front door (it DOES wax and wane with nothing at all, - for months at time). I am ready for this particular rash of it, to conclude. Whew, sorry for the long post and thanks for space to vent.