Today, the guy known as "Tony" or "The Sentry" who was a constant presence at the front door of the house, letting (apparent) drug traffic in and out, la-dee-da walked up to Peter Teachout's front door and rang the bell...
The Sentry--who has a surprisingly gentle and high voice--told Peter he was getting some stuff out of the porch, and requested that Peter PLEASE NOT CALL THE POLICE. Peter agreed not to call the police.
Peter--who was constantly told nothing would ever change in the neighborhood, and people are going to smoke crack SOMEWHERE--saw this interaction as "an acknowledgement of power."
"Did he call you SIR?" was what I wanted to know.
Peter reported no, he did not.
"He should have called you 'sir,' Peter," was all I had to say about it.