Sunday, 16 September 2012
I went out for a walk tonight. Along the way, I came across the usual characters in my neighbourhood.
- an angry woman who was screaming at someone. Her eyes were wide with rage as I slowly walked past her.
- city workers in their garbage trucks emptying the trashbins.
- a grocery storeowner putting away the fruits and flowers for the night.
- people clinging on to the weekend and saying slow goodbyes outside a bar
- a drunk peeing on the sidewalk.
- a homeless man trying to sleep
- a cook in his whites smoking on the sidewalk
- dog walkers.... lots of them
- another angry person, this time it was a man who clenched his jaw and squinted his eyes. He looked like Clint Eastwood.
- a woman by a shelter door, one foot in and one foot out.
- a young man carrying some take out food, he looked tired and dirty.
As I neared my building, I saw a small woman with a big black dog crossing the street to my side. The dog was bigger than the average German Shepherd and kept sniffing at the sidewalk, trees, light posts and shrubs. They were about 20 yards in front of me. All of a sudden the woman yanked the dog to her left and crossed the street again. I stopped and wondered why. The large trees on this section of the sidewalk creates large pockets of shadows. I peered ahead and saw a trashbin with some trash the overflowed on to the ground. Then I saw something small, dark with a thin white stripe. It was a skunk. The woman was almost on the other side when she turned towards me and yelled "Watch out!". She continued her walk and didn't look back to see if I heeded her warning. I crossed the street and hoped the skunk stayed on the other side of the street.
I got home safe and sound. I think we need more people in life to yell "watch out!". Thank you ma'am *tips hat*.