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That Bad Feeling

So it was payday on Friday and it was also Black Friday! Perfect timing! I really didn't have much I wanted to buy anyway...

One of my friends works at a shoe store and I mentioned I wanted new boots. I wear through the heels of anything winter related (boots and socks - nice heavy ones). My current boots were also loud and clompy and I was growing more and more self conscious of the noise I made while walking around. I also take have the boot with me when I try to take my feet out.

He texted me a few days ago to let me know they were having a sale - 20% off! Plus maybe a little extra for being his friend? Very Happy

I left work and headed back to the bus terminal and got on another bus. I was texting another friend and asking him if I should get an XBOX One. He obviously said yes and then I found out he was back working at EB Games. He told me about the sales and what was in each bundle. The bundles were the same. You got the two Assassin's Creed games. The only difference was the Kinect. One had it, the other didn't. One was $349 and the other was $449. I opted to save money this day...

Back on track. I was on the bus heading towards the shoe store, I had to get off at a stop down the road and I did. I started walking along, listening to music. I started thinking "do I cross straight ahead and go left or do I go left then cross straight up the road. If I cross left now I could maybe get Starbucks! If I cross straight and then left I have to be careful because the jerks in their cars turning left almost never look for pedestrians."

That last thought, that the people turning left wouldn't see me, was concerning. I actually felt some dread and I was seriously considering not cross that way, that it would be safer on this night to turn left first and then cross in front of those idiot drivers.

I didn't listen to that. I shook it off as a bad feeling and that I'd be fine. I crossed straight ahead of me and I was set to cross left with another guy who also got off the bus but walked faster than me. The lights changed and we were set to cross. I noted before that a driver in a white cavalier (I think) was waiting to turn left onto the main street from the side street they were on. My fellow pedestrian and I started to cross, I picked up the pace. I immediately saw the driver in the white car hit the gas and they started to turn through the intersection very quickly (that side usually gets the advanced green).

We were almost passed those first two west bound lanes and I had to sprint forwards to get out of the driver's way! I was cursing under my breath!! A few more vile thoughts went through my brain. I've never actually come that close to getting hit by a car, especially one that basically didn't slow down at all! They just either never saw us or they honestly expected us to make room for them!!!

When I got to my friend's store one of the first things I saw was 'I almost got hit by a car'. That obviously turned a few heads and I went back with him and gave him the scoop on my bad feeling. Now I really wish I had gone to Starbucks.

I like being a pedestrian, I see a lot when I have to walk around. I always look both ways and I watch drivers to see what they're going to do and if they see me. I get around just fine and the bus system here isn't too bad.

My bad feeling has never been that strong before but I've never liked that intersection. It didn't help that it was Black Friday and that's when everyone seems to forget the basics!!

8 blog comments below

You've got great instincts obviously TG. At least proof of how great they are. I've seen similar situations like that with turning into traffic circles. The focus of the driver is so much down the lane and powering up with increasing speed, that he misses the car immediately in front of him and do a rear ender. Ditto missing pedestrians.
deanhills on Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:56 pm
Whew, that was close! I always look for victims (I mean pedestrians) when I am driving. Especially those that are texting while walking. I am glad they are not driving.
standready on Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:22 am
I kind of wonder what the other drivers must have thought while they were sitting at red lights. I dunno, I tend to be horribly observant so I see a lot that is around me while I make my way around town, or when I'm just sitting at my desk...

Hehe, victims Twisted Evil
TheGremlyn on Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:46 am
Did you get the boots in the end? Or is that another blog in the making? Very Happy
deanhills on Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:19 am
At least you crossed the road safely, and it's so cool to have the spider sense!
Next time when your spider sense is tingling, you must pay attention to it.
rx9876 on Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:14 pm
I am glad to hear that you are observant of your surroundings, L! As dean asked - "boots!"
standready on Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:19 pm
Maybe when I don't feel like death is on my doorstep - the death of colds and stuff - then I'll make a post... maybe tomorrow when I have access to my pictures.
TheGremlyn on Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:43 am
So instead of being knocked down by a car, you let a cold get you? Hope you feel better quickly.
standready on Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:14 pm

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