Sunday, July 16, 2017
I took the bus to my patrol route. For that section, it was the longest routed patrol for it. I had to adjust. Since I took the bus before, some adjustments had to be made. When I got off the stop, I got ready. As I past a park, I noticed to young teenaged boys looking like they were about to follow a couple there. All I did was give them an evil eye, earning the name "Basilisk," and they stopped in their tracks. Hopefully, they stopped their possible crime. Adjusting to the route was nervous and exciting. As I passed a convenience store, I noticed two young men, hanging around, where they were not to be loitering. But someone else I caught their eyes. I was an old man walking funny. We looked at each other. He said all is good, he was waiting for his daughter to get him some cigarettes. I passed a fire station and there were three firefighters sitting by an engine. In honor of their service I saluted them. They were very appreciative as I left. As the sun set and night fell, I felt more comfortable. I noticed a couple of ladies in a heated argument. From the way it looked, it was going to get volatile. I knew any involvement, however mandatory was going to be prepare, but when I did get involved something amazing happened. They stopped their argument, and they were concerned about me. They told me to be careful, I introduced myself and ended with a handshake. What would've ended in a mess ended in peace. Adjusting to the new route may take time, but I am prepared for the task.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
On Holy Saturday, I covered an area that I used to call "home." As I waited at the station, at the start it felt like there was rarely a person there, ironic on a Saturday night. But as I went to the target station, I meditated in order to breathe better & be more in alert. As I exited, I noticed the air was moist, almost as if it was going to rain. The air was damp. I wanted to extend the patrol, but the last thing I wanted to get was the flu. Amazing thing about Boston, when one door closes, as in a sidewalk, another opens. As I passed a man with a Boston Red Sox baseball cap, I just nodded. He nodded back, showing a mutual sign of respect. They were standing out there, smoking a cigarette. They were away from business, so loitering wasn't present. And even if, a citizen's arrest covered A FELONY IN PROGRESS, not a misdemeanor. I noticed a family, one a little girl in an Easter dress on a scooter, on their way back from a party. I was in front, but when I heard a car was coming there way, I did a turn. Fortunately the car braked in time, & we all moved on. Little did they know a guardian angel was there to make sure there was for them an Easter Sunday. Next I heard some arguing & yelling, I turned back. It was two men, but there was no crime. They were ranting & raving. What was said was so unclear thru the racial slurs heard. All I know it was a man, light-skinned, 5'5" possibly, mustache, beard, hair in a bun, wearing an Dunkin Donuts uniform; ranting about something. Whether or not it was a confession or a witness, there is little I can do. All that it could be would be bragging, little to prove if turned to court, where he can sue if he was found not guilty. So I had to walk on, but witness. As I was closing in on another station, the rain started to intensify. I made the most of it by going down a side street for a short amount. The train back thou, was packed. I was standing, near a T Inspector. We talked a little bit. There was no feelings on fear, & the conversation ended well. But I noticed he walked into a room as I headed out. Back to work. But from now on, check the weather.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
My first patrol of 2017 & I really felt like I got into a groove. I wanted to try a new route to get adjusted, since as a civilian I saw an opportunity to help a certain area. I wanted to try to get there thru a familiar route. I decided to "dust off the duster." It felt good wearing the long coat again. I feel like my rookie year all over again. I noticed as I passed a couple off people were murmuring "super-hero," another was doing the Batman '66 theme. I decided to go down allies, aka my rookie year. First one, I saw an empty wheelchair. Looked new & from a hospital. I didn't stay since someone was coming. I managed to guess my way thru Boston better as I was tracking well. When I got to a certain bridge. I knew my route was getting well. But when I went to the end, instead of going for the certain thing & pass a CVS, I walked aside it, making me lost. I looked at Google Maps afterwards to understand where I made the mistake. But all wasn't lost. I managed to help some people by giving three granola bars. And an interesting thing, as I was walking off the path, there was a bunch of ladies waiting & spotted me. I think they were looking at their app to see if I was suspicious. I did the deescalation method, the one that got me hurt the last time I did that, but this worked. Because they were known to be civilians & it helped calm their fears. I also got a compliment & a fist bump. The sirens were making me nervous. Even thou I am RLSH, I don't know if it was the fashion, the disability, or who I was that made me feel nervous. But I managed to keep my cool by letting myself do small meditations. I never got to do that area, but I see high hopes in doing it in the future. This was a great way for me to get my feet wet this year. Hope the next one is better.