I checked my mail to find a paycheck, a flyer about H1N1 and a little business card with the following hand-written, but photocopied note, on it:
"Ma maison sera une maison de prière: et vous en avez fait, vous repaire de brigand. Luc 19.46"
Luke 19:46 in the King James Bible is:
"My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves."
You can imagine the puzzled look on my face after reading that. Does someone think I stole something? Of course I automatically make it personal. Another translation refers to when Jesus entered the temple and cast out the dealers. This is what really made me think. There are definitely guys dealing(weed, etc...) in the building. I can only hope and assume every mail box got one of these little cards. Someone is trying to send a message.
I think the idea of dropping religious notes in mailboxes to discourage illegal behaviour is quite facinating.
The building itself hasn't had the carpets cleaned in probably 30 years. There's also a camera in the dingy lobby to deter drug dealers and loitering. It's not a beautiful building but my little studio is wonderful and that's all I really care about.
edit: Two weekends in a row I came home to smashed beer bottles in the front entrance, dirt and broken flower pots in the hall and hallway doors ripped off their hinges.
I'm putting another lock on my door.