The helicopters have been relentless for the past twenty-four hours. It started yesterday with a high-speed chase ending a few block from our house. I had been out walking with the kids with my neighbor and her daughter, and minutes after coming home the noise of hovering helicopters became deafening. I turned on the TV to see what the “breaking news” was. Sure enough, KCAL 9 had the full report. After causing multiple crashes during the pursuit, the subject fleeing the police was finally stopped and apprehended. I called my friend to make sure she and her daughter had made it home safely (they had gone from our house to the corner market, and I wanted to make sure they had not been caught up in the path of the chase).
Today, the helicopters are back. As the noise filled our house, Mercy turned to me and said, “Turn on the TV.” I did, but have yet to hear anything about what is going on out there. There have been four waves of heavy helicopter activity since. Both kids are sleeping now, though Aaron has woken twice as a result of the noise. As I write this, one helicopter sits hovering a block away and KCAL 9 is showing a news report on hiccups.