At 2:00 am last night, some guy claiming to be "Orlando, my neighbor from up the street" rang the doorbell and repeatedly knocked on the door. After arming myself, I checked the area in front of the house to the best of my ability in case there were others with him. Also, I looked through the window to inspect the guys hands in an effort to see if he was holding a weapon of any kind. I answered the door with extreme caution opening it only about half an inch and blocking it from opening further with my foot. I should note that, if I hadn't been concerned he would wake my son up, I would probably not have opened the door at all, but for those of you with kids that have trouble sleeping, you'll understand my predicament. He asked me to call him a cab. That sent up warning signals in my head. I have never seen this guy before and since I have lived at the same address for 13 years, it was unlikely he was my neighbor. Also, if he did, in fact, live up the street, why would he need a cab? If he needed a cab to get home, he could walk. If he needed a cab to go somewhere else, why not go home and use his own phone? I told him I couldn't help him. He protested by repeating himself so I told him to get lost. I watched him leave, then decided it would be a good idea to call the cops and let them know this guy was out there. We saw the cops come down the street and saw them talking to the guy. We didn't see if they arrested him or let him go. Who knows? He could have been drunk or confused about his whereabouts or he could have intended to kill everyone inside if he could have gained access. It's strange how, regardless of the efforts you make to prepare yourself for such an occasion, you aren't really sure how you'll respond when it happens. My wife and I have made and practiced plans for situations like this and decisions still get made on the spot because they weren't in your plan. Thankfully, I did learn something about myself. In this situation, I was alert and ready to make decisions even though I had woken up minutes or even seconds ago. I knew what I needed to do and I did it. Did I do everything right? No. I would change a few minor things but overall, I am pleased with the way my wife and I handled it.