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.