Sometime last week, in the wee small hours a wonderful creep reminded me of what I am missing by living in the city, creepy dudes. Have I been re-suburbanized to the extent that I forget some creepy dude might be keeping tabs on my routines? Maybe so.
Nothing happened, but it was enough put me back in to hyper-awareness mode and to kick myself for that being one of the few times I did not bring a phone or object with which to pummel said creep. He was parked on the opposite side of the street I was walking on and when I passed he got out of his vehicle and started walking in the same direction as me. I did have a head start on him so as soon as I hit the corner I hauled ass. I turned back a few times and no sign of him.
At first I wanted to think maybe I was paranoid, but seriously, who does that?
So now I am back on hyper alert, being way more careful, having many routes and so on. It's a bit more work to nix the old route, but I am definitely getting better walks now. I know that anything can happen anytime and all that good stuff but I also don't think it's fair that I have to worry about creepy dudes (or ladies!). I need a utility belt or something.