How many times in one’s life should you find it necessary to scream that word at the top of your lung capacity. Marketman and family just survived a burglary attempt last night at about 9 p.m. We live in a fairly secure village and have never had problems in the past, but last night a burglar jumped over our fence, cased out part of the house, and with us IN THE HOUSE, he smashed a glass window in a bathroom and was attempting to yank the window off its hinges and make his way into the house. Thankfully, and I won’t go into too many details, I was able to startle him before he was completely in the bathroom and scare him away. How discombobulating is that??? Our block was surrounded by guards within minutes but the would be thief got away on barefoot, leaving his small and pathetic footprints in the mud near the bathroom window. I always wondered how I would react when faced with such a split second decision moment. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have yelled at him, run to secure my family, call the village security then chase after the guy outdoors. Instead, I should have calmly told my wife and kid to retreat to a safe internal room with a phone and call for help while I returned to the bathroom with my trusty and weighty humongous flashlight that I could have whacked the man’s head with as he crawled his way indoors. But I didn’t know how many friends he might have with him outdoors. I didn’t know if he was a petty thief or a band of kidnappers. Yikes. So T.V. CSI material. And frankly, not until later and in a calmer mood did I think, Yipes! A disgruntled Market Manila reader who was annoyed that I was toying with the idea of taking a month-long break! Heehee. Yes, my sense of humor has returned. But we do all feel totally violated. We didn’t get much sleep last night and I lost a few hundredths of a pound from the anxiety. That’s two times we have almost been victims of crimes this year….the attempted pickpocket in Barcelona and the attempted burglary in Manila. The best comment of the episode shortly after it happened? My wife was trying to de-brief our 10 year old and she said, “I didn’t think Dad was serious screaming at the top of his lungs because I couldn’t understand the word he was yelling…” Hmmm, have to have a word with her Filipino teacher; and frankly, my Filipino is so baluktot that I am surprised I didn’t scream a more convenient English word instead… I can think of several ways I would like to cook the crook if they ever find him. Let’s just say they wouldn’t be legally allowed options.