The common meaning is to allow, as to facilitate. Let me entertain you. But “let” has an opposite, archaic meaning; to hinder, prevent. A let in tennis is when the served ball hits the net and bounces in. It’s a stroke that doesn’t count.
Since warbling about the neighborhood safety issues, I’ve become aware that my posts have given you, cherished readers, a wrong impression about our dear neighborhood. Yes, there are issues, probably more or less consistent with a lot of city neighborhoods. Yes, there is reaction, sometimes overreaction, understandable especially in those who have had their car windows smashed, their Minis upturned. When I write about the situation, thinking I’m writing satire I sound self-righteous and snarky.
So let me put that topic to rest. Picture me this fine spring afternoon, having come home from work early, in time to have fun doing a little more to the concrete wall using the tiles that Colette was happy to get rid of. Colette is the friend who created the world-famous Sunset steps that I’ve taken you to see, if you’ve ever come to visit, or will, if you do. No need to be afraid, let me assure you.