Yes, it is NOT unusual to hear an automatic weapon firing several blocks away from my front deck...actually, it is oddly quite common. I live on the *cusp* of one of the wealthier communities in Seattle, but not far enough away from an area where a lot of police action is seen on a nightly basis. Just last week (for example), I was standing on my deck at 1:00AM after coming home from work, when I heard a series of 6 "pops" several blocks away. At first, I thought it COULD have been fire crackers...it IS the 4th of July week, after all.
But as my mind processed the sound, I realized the "pops" were evenly timed apart in quick succession...yep...it was an automatic weapon! In only a few short minutes, the sounds of police cars racing down the street could be heard...there was action once again "in da hood".
Now don't get me wrong...I LOVE where I live. I am only 2 miles from the heart of downtown Seattle and a half a mile from the beautiful Lake Washington. I enjoy the diversity of the neighborhood, which has not been totally gentrified by other pasty-white people. I have some great neighbors and it's not an unusual event to stand talking over a fence or at the end of a driveway. In my little section of "da hood", neighbors look out for one another and their property...it's a generally safe place to live.
But the one thing I have found both annoying AND entertaining about my "hood" is the 4th of July celebrating that can cover a few days to a week of celebration. It's almost 1:00AM right now, and "someone" is shooting off Roman Candles on the street...that IS annoying! And by tomorrow afternoon, the scent of barbecued beef, chicken, pork ribs, and hot dogs will be wafting around in the air...THAT is entertaining and just a tradition "in da hood". Some homes will have as many as 4 grills fired up at once...just not something you see in *other* parts of the city. LOL
There will be food grilling, music blasting from houses and car stereos, alcohol drinking, and fireworks cracking in the next 12 hours...and hopefully the alcohol AND the fireworks won't be mixed together (but it IS pretty much tradition!).
Some time around 2:00 or 3:00AM tomorrow, in the wee hours of the 5th of July, "da hood" will begin to wind up it's Independence Day festivities...AND, if I have survived yet another July 4th in "da hood", I may be able to once again sleep in peace...LOL...