Walking Everywhere, and Anywhere!

Every now and then I will update this blog with thoughts about walking, and being a pedestrian in Southern California. As of 2014, this blog will also be featuring posts about my bicycle adventures around Southern California.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Scary Walking Encounter

I am walking home minding my own business and I noticed a man in the distance.  At first he looked like a typical middle-age guy walking up and down the streets with his cherry colored shirt with the blue and white stripe, but his stringy gray hair flapping around under his black baseball cap made him character right out of a movie.  He scream at me unprovoked, "Go suck a ....you whore.  The next time I see you I will split your lip."

I was freaked out and kept walking, and a bit disconcerted such an individual said this to me at six o'clock in broad daylight next to a major post office, and across the street from several restaurants.  I refuse to let a drugged out homeless dude make me afraid to walk, and he went to wait at the bus stop after the barrage of words he poured upon me.

Honestly, I have never had an encounter that left me shaken before, and even walking in scarier parts of San Bernardino people never threatened me in this fashion.  It snapped me out of my reverie of looking at the palm trees and the mountains, but I am glad I could run pretty fast if this man had tried to chase me.  Today I am going to be hyper-aware of everything around me.


  1. I'm sorry you had that experience. What he said had nothing to do with you and everything to do with him.

    Being in a public place can be unpleasant, because you never know who else will be there. When I go walking, nowadays, I walk on my own land, so there is no one there I didn't invite. It means less of a chance of making new friends, but it also assures me of peace and quiet.

    1. Thanks, Aya. I am just going to be hyper-aware. I think this guy was on drugs and had other issues that were making him delusional. Usually I do not have weird experiences walking around here, but lately there has been some weird activity in town. I think some of the homeless people are migrating here because it is landscaped, and they can hide among the trees for the most part. Most of them are nice and mind their own business, but this guy was just irate.


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