This business of flash mobs in Philly, first mentioned here in this post, is evidently more serious than I thought. I walked to and from Center City Wednesday night and last night. Last night Debbie and I walked home together from Bainbridge Street (just below South), a good eight or nine blocks. Before that we had two others with us. I have walked all over the city throughout my life, both day and night, often - especially in my wilder years - in some of the dicier parts. Still, these incidents have occurred, and would be difficult to deal with. I am no longer as young as I once was, and one person wielding a walking stick is no match for a mob. I was not joking when I suggested I might take advantage of our conceal and carry law. If the municipal government is too busy interfering with the spice shop up the street (I am serious) to maintain public safety, one must think about doing it on one's own. I am the son of a policeman and am not sweetly disposed to violent crime. Nor am I impressed by the city's current mayor, who seems mostly talk. I'm not sure yet about the police commissioner. He seemed serious when I saw him recently at the local precinct, but that was before any of this started, and this stuff is happening on his watch.