Yesterday afternoon a neighbor came to my door asking me to speak with her son on her cellphone. He's a good kid, away at Job Corps trying to fix his life and I would describe his mother as borderline insane. Anyway, the son tells me that a stranger has moved in with his Mom and she want's him out but is afraid of him. All he asks is that I check on her in the evening. "Of course I will." Then I talk with her about it... Wow. The guy is another neighbor's ex-husband, convicted felon, drug addict. I dont know him but I know his record. He had been invited in for dinner and was given $20, because of his hard luck story, then sent on his way. He returned later that evening with his girlfriend and they moved in while my neighbor stood there in shock. What to do? If she had been my Mom violence would have been the answer. But she isn't my Mom and this couple had already spent one night and were away for the afternoon. So I coached her a little. I told her to tell her 'guests' they had 15 minutes to leave or she would call the cops. If they said anything which made her uncomfortable, just walk down here to my door and I'll call the cops. She was concerned he'd whine about his bad back or the girl would steal something. I advised, don't argue or negotiate and don't worry about your things; just walk down here to my door. At 8:00 p.m. there had been no screaming or dogs barking so I walked over to check on her. She'd done what I told her and the 'guests' had left. That was one happy woman and I managed to stay out of the mess.