Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Yesterday,my exercise regimen was interrupted by an incident that had me shaking. As I live on the periphery of town, houses are separated one from the other. Just taking out the trash is exercise in itself, because our house sits far from the road. The norm out here is friendly, smiling faces, but yesterday noone was around when I took the dogs out for their morning walk, and I was greeted by something sinister -- namely, a man following my every motion, first with his eyes and, then, very purposefully with his car. (He actually had to make a u-turn.) I yanked the dogs' leashes and sprinted toward the neighbors woods. As I ran, my periphery vision took hold and it was apparent to me by the slowing of his car, that he was up to no good. I was far into the woods, and rather than follow on foot, he gave up.
The only good part of this is that I was scared skinny, but it also inspired new goals:
*I will buy mace.
*I will not be on the road without my Smart phone -- ever.
*I will try to organize a neighborhood running/walking group.
I also have a suggestion for other runners and walkers: There are apps available for those with Smart phones expressly for emergencies. The two I have are "IHelp" and "Ice," but there are others available in the app store. Paramedics claim that the information they get from these types of apps helps them greatly.
As for me, I am happy God endowed me with a sixth sense.
That stupid man cost me more than a day of happiness; I ended up at the mall. If I knew his address, I'd send him the bill.