Wednesday, October 19, 2016
So I'm taking my walk this morning and it's a beautiful day and I get to the part of the road by the horse farm at the intersection of that road and the road that leads past Ms. Shelly's house and there's a big black SUV parked across the intersection. So, I approach with curiosity and a little caution, wondering if someone has passed out in the dang thing and if I'll be called upon to do something insane like try to revive someone and a guy steps out of the vehicle. He's wearing a black Kevlar (I guess) vest with guns and stuff in the pockets and he says, "We've got a man in the woods over there."
He then proceeds to describe the guy as if maybe I'd seen him and asks if I live up by the horse farm and I say, no, I live in Lloyd, pointing, probably in the wrong direction as I do because I have no sense of direction, and he says that well, I better go back the way I came. They have dogs on him. The guy in the woods, that is.
I do not hear any dogs but I take him at his word and that is somehow reassuring and I ask if he thinks it's safe to go back through the woods I just walked out of and he says, Yeah, he hasn't crossed the road. I ask what the guy did and he said that he stole a vehicle and they have warrants out for him.
So. With a small bit of trepidation I head back through the woods where I'd just come from and indeed, had stopped in the woods to pee as I also do, and just continued to listen to Meryl Streep reading Nora Ephron's Heartburn (which is truly one of the most delightful audio book experiences I've ever had) and sure enough, I made it back to the road and safety with no problem.
After over a dozen years of walking this same path I have never once had an experience like that and indeed, have only ever come across one guy walking the same path although now and then I used to see a couple of women on horseback from the farm.
So that was a bit weird.
Steve Reed just wrote a post about waking up at 5:30 in the morning to realize that a helicopter was circling his London neighborhood with flashing lights which was also weird and it's double weird that we both had distant brushes with possible escaped felons or whatever.
Well, I guess I'll go hang the sheets on the line.
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Yeah. For a few seconds I wondered if I should actually walk back through the woods. Then I said "fuck it," and went.Delete
A friend who was a Vietnam vet used to visit us on Capitol Hill in DC and have flashbacks due to the helicopters dipping along the historic row houses and shining lights into bedrooms at night. Big city life. Love, GlimmerReplyDelete
Ugh. I dated an ex-copter pilot who'd flown in Viet Nam. He loved to hear helicopters. I have no idea why. He was odd.Delete
Different experiences, I guess. My friend was drafted, just a boy, and survived the jungles as an Army grunt. He was shot up and made it back home where he had a life. But I wouldn't say he recovered completely. Love, GlimmerDelete
I had a circling helicopter in the wee hours of the morning too. ??? Going on here? Glad you're okReplyDelete
Who knows? I'm glad I'm okay too. But I don't think I was in any danger.Delete
He stole a car and they met him with kevlar and big fire power and attack dogs?ReplyDelete
WEre his warrants for traffic fines? Failure to pay child support in full? Driving with a suspended license due to not having insurance?
Because they usually are.
Look- this is Jefferson County, Florida. Those guys probably look for excuses to use their stuff. I was surprised the officer told me what he did tell me. I have no idea what the warrants were for. I had the same thoughts as you, though.Delete
Yep, you're right. They're all looking for excuses to use their stuff, that's why funding the vast militarization of police forces is such a horrible horrible idea.Delete
Sadly, the first thing I thought was what you might expect.ReplyDelete
Once again, what is UP with our common experiences across the ocean? You and I are on a wavelength of some kind. We never did figure out what was going on here, but it was probably something similar -- some guy who stole a car and ran.ReplyDelete
I haven't had helicopters circling my neighborhood since I moved out of the city. it was quite a common occurrence there.ReplyDelete