Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A bit too exciting for my taste

I had a hard time finding my "work-groove" this morning, and spent an inappropriate amount of time dilly-dallying around on Facebook, playing with the dogs, and making coffee. Right before eleven I decided that I had to buckle down and do something. No work means no pay, which makes Maria a sad girl, lol.

I was formatting a blog post about the benefits of Tourmaline hairdryers (long story) when a siren made me look out the window. Bradenton is filled with old people and there are sirens all the time from emergency vehicles and ambulances. This one sounded close, and I kept peeking out to see what type of car it would be.

An ordinary gray car drove past and turned in on the road across from ours. Two police cars with blinking lights followed. Then, two more, and two more, and two more. I stopped counting at fifteen.

That never happened before. The most exciting thing along our street is normally the neighbor's dog getting out of the yard and going walkabout.

When officers bounced out of the cars with drawn guns and police dogs I finally closed my gaping mouth. They have big guns! There were at least fifteen police cars between our house and the potential threat, but it still seemed prudent to lock the doors and tell the dogs to go lie down.

The neighbors ventured outside - one guy came right out of the shower with a towel around his waist. I thought, "No way, indoors might not be safe if there's a shoot-out, but it's sure safer than outside."

Since hubs got sick he's almost always home, but not today, so I called him and reported all the excitement. By the time I thought to pull out my camera about ten of the police cars had already left.

Later in the day, after all the cops left, the local newspaper updated its website. Allegedly, three men kidnapped a guy in the parking lot of our nearby Walmart. They took him to a place on a street a couple of blocks away from here and beat him up, but he managed to escape - despite them trying to shoot him.

Police officers saw the suspects' car five blocks from my house and chased it here where they could trap it. Right outside my window.

I do hope these men had a previous relation so bad guys aren't just kidnapping random people at Walmart!

Not much getting done around here today - I keep peeking out the window, expecting more stuff to happen.

The Universe - or is it Fate - is fickle.

If someone had told me yesterday that an asteroid would collide with Earth, that we'd have a flood of Biblical proportions, or that a so...