Monday, February 4, 2013

And I Find Myself Longing For Home....

Here in a part of the world where the only white powdery substance (well, one of two perhaps) to be seen for miles is the sugar sprinkled atop french toast at the local IHOP, a story from a recent edition of the Star-Ledger that made me think of home.  Why?  Simply because what happened there is something that could not happen here. 

On the evening of January 25, two young men - their names are provided in the story - were arrested following their armed robbery of the Faded Kutz barbershop in Hamilton Township, New Jersey.  In addition to robbing the shop, one of them shot one of the shop's employees as they were fleeing from it. 

Thankfully, finding them holed up at the home where they were hiding out proved to be a not-too-difficult task for the various law enforcement agencies who responded to the 9-1-1 call.  You see it had started to snow shortly before these two young criminal masterminds burst into the barbershop.   By the time they left the shop, snow covered the sidewalk, the street, etc.  Being that each of these two geniuses weighs something more than nothing at all, every step each took in the snow left behind a footprint.  The police followed the footprints to the house where they were hiding.  To the surprise of no one - other than the dumbnamic duo perhaps - they found them inside and arrested them without incident.   Each was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon and was incarcerated at the Mercer County Corrections Center on $400,000 full cash bail.   


For the curious among you, the song for which the video is provided ("Hard to Find") is found on the album that Southside Johnny and the Jukes released way back when in 1986.  I thought it appropriate today not solely for the irony of the track's name to the events discussed but also for the name of the album on which that song first appeared.  The name of that particular disc?


-AK 

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