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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DANGER! not really. well, maybe...

Back in the summer, Carolyn and I were running along our usual route (West End) at our usual time (5:15am) and we came to a bus bench with someone sitting at it.

To be honest, I didn't even really notice that someone was sitting there... because we were deep in conversation about god knows what (probably sex or gossip or both). So, when I heard someone talking nay... screaming at us, I was startled. So startled in fact that I had thought I had misheard them.

"Did that lady just call one of us a mexican whore?" I asked. Ummm.. apparently, I had heard correctly, and she was still yelling obscenities at us as we continued down the sidewalk. At the time, I never thought I'd forget her shrill, loud bark and the verocity with which she screamed. It was like one of us really was a Mexican Whore and not only that.. that we had done something very terrible to her and she was very angry.

Despite being initially alarmed, after we sped up to get away from her, we had a good laugh about it... trying to decide just who in fact she was referring to. (Carolyn, obvs).

And just like that... after a few more miles, I had completely forgotten about the incident. Until a couple of Saturdays ago, I was out running along the same route by myself, at a later time (7:00ish), enjoying the beautiful fall weather and the hustle and bustle of people getting their Vandy Tailgates ready when I heard some familiar screaming coming from across the road.

A couple of blocks away from the first incident, but across the street this time was the same lady. Again, she was at a bus bench screaming at the top of her lungs to me... "I'M GOING TO KILL YOU, YOU BITCH." Over and over again.

I'm not going to lie.. it kinda FREAKED me the FREAK out. It's the first time someone ever yelled at me that they were going to kill me and uhhhh... it's a bit unsettling. Granted, I know... she's just yelling crazy obscenities at anyone and everyone she sees. But, I was glad that she was on the opposite side of the street this time...

Makes me a bit wary of bus benches from now on...

Has anyone ever told you that you were a Mexican Whore? Or threatened to kill you? What's the craziest thing someone has yelled at you while running?

4 comments:

LAPT said...

That person probably is schizophrenic. If she's out on the street a lot, she might even be homeless. According to reports, a high percentage of homeless deal with psychiatric problems. I was approached and screamed at by a homeless woman while I waited for the bus. She was personally attacking me, saying really delusional made-up things... only inches from my face. And not ONE PERSON waiting for the bus stepped in to help me. And there were grown-ass men around. I got on the bus, burst into tears, and told the guy closest to me: "You're a motherfucking pussy."

So... be careful, but I doubt she actually will have the ability to hunt you down and kill you.

Amy said...

Yikes. Good for you for telling that guy!!!! Ugh.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure she's homeless, although I've only seen her those two times. But she definitely had a cart. Sad. But, she also scared the shit out of me... so...

Carina said...

Crazy! I don't think I've ever experienced anything like that. My friends and I have a code number we say to indicate something is wrong or sketchy -- when one of us says "59" in any context (59 more seconds, that lap was 59, whatever), it means watch what's happening. The scariest is when someone said that and the people who were arguing on the street in front of our path suddenly got in a huge fight and punches and elbows were everywhere -- we ran around it and kept going.

Jill said...

There is a lady that is homeless that does this. She is actually a prostitute and usually hangs in E Nash. She has NO teeth, is probably mid 50-60's and has long brown hair. Usually wears sweatshirts, a knit cap and a long coat...even in the summer. She couldn't weigh over 120lbs if that.

I wonder if it's the same lady? If it is, she's only doing it for shock value. She used to stand at my corner in E Nash and scream "I want to lick some " " and suck some " " Yeah, at 6am when I was running by and from time to time, she'd be very confrontational. Call the police on her. They will cart her off.