It's a Dangerous World
Indio, California: Today I chewed-out a
complete stranger. This is not my common modus operandi, as my demeanor
is usually most friendly. Lately I seem to have become a little more aggressive.
Do I need to have my hormone levels checked?
Sometimes a girl just needs to stand up.
Let me explain. A few days ago I was nearly hit by a car while walking from my
car - on a lined pedestrian cross-walk - to a store. Please know I am super
careful in these situations, because I am blind in my left eye. I never-ever cross a
street unless I look BOTH ways TWICE, even if it is one-way street. One never
knows. I still cannot tell you if the speeding parking lot driver was male or
female, but if I had not stopped in my tracks, the car would have hit me. The
driver either didn't see the crosswalk, didn't see me or someone in the car was in
labor and was rushing to a hospital. Why else would anyone SPEED through a
Then, just days later, I was again nearly hit by a car. I was jogging on the
sidewalk, crossing the entrance of a private gated community, when a car came
through the gates and proceeded to run a stop sign to make a right-hand turn.
Fairly certain the driver (male - and he was so close I could see a huge gold
crucifix around his neck, resting on a super-hairy chest through his unbuttoned
blue oxford shirt
and don't forget, I'm blind!), looking left towards oncoming traffic - never saw me.
On this very same run, I (looked both ways first!)
stepped into a cross-walk on a WALK sign. The second I stepped out, a car made a
right-turn-on-red and nearly took me out. Excuse me? What is going on?
How many joggers are hit by
cars while running on sidewalks?
Third time is a charm? No. Third time, my Inner Warrior
The next day, as I approached another
gated community entrance, a bright shiny pickup came slowly rolling out of
the development. The driver was texting and never looked right or left. He
just rolled up to the stop sign and sat there, straddling the crosswalk.
There was no way I was going to cross in front of him and it totally
irked me that he was completely unaware of a pedestrian in the crosswalk (that
he was completely blocking). He became aware of me only because I whacked the
his shiny new truck with my palm as I jogged behind him.
Yes. I slapped the backside of his pretty pickup.
Dang, if he didn't spring to attention!
The icing on the cake was my little encounter at the local supermarket
parking lot this afternoon. This parking lot is a mess on a good day.
Parking is limited, and there are a ton-load of cart return stations. Still,
it is often difficult to park in a designated spot because some lazy jerk
has left a cart in a parking space.
Is there a special spot in hell for people who are just too lazy to return their
carts to the bin? Is it next to the people who don't pick-up after their
I get so frazzled by the cart-mess at this grocery store and
commented one day to the poor gal harnessing the carts. She told me to "shush",
because if people weren't too lazy to return their carts, she would
be out of a job.
I am confused.
As I was parking my energy-efficient Honda CRV and fetching my reusable bags
from the boot, I noticed a guy looking for a place to deposit his cart after
loading groceries into his car. He left the cart in an empty parking space
one-parking-spot from a cart-return.
I shouted - to a complete stranger - "there was a cart return bin one space
over". Complete Stranger (about 70 years old and completely physically fit) told me it was
too far to return the cart. I told him that I would return it for him, and then he said - THANK YOU, MA'AM.
I have a new New Year's Resolution: stand up!
Until my next update, I remain, your brave correspondent.
SLOGGER REPORT: I ran (no walking) around
the block. 4 miles for the year!
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