Crime is the rage, the latest fad, a new trend. It is the new black. Depending on who you listen to, it is either a direct response to societal ills or is an instant builder of “street cred”. Exacerbated by illicit drug use and short fuses, one cannot escape crime. Weeks ago, there was a huge racket outside of my apartment building at like, five in the morning or so. Someone had broken into a local bar and it seemed that an employee wanted to call attention to himself by announcing the break-in on his cellular phone (close enough for me to unfortunately hear). I heard, “they escaped through the side-entrance! I’m not going in there, there’s a mess everywhere” and other epithets that I’m sure the entire neighborhood could hear. Ah, the cell phone: one of the best and most annoying inventions known to man. So try as I might, I couldn’t catch up on my beauty rest. Nuts.