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.