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Wednesday, November 7, 2001

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Walking in the Dark

I walked home this evening. It was great. I got to see the sunset turning from pink to gold and then it was dark. It seemed to come all of a sudden. I didn't feel afraid walking in the dark. I walk away from buildings and there aren't a lot of people on the street. Park of walking in the dark is watching the shadows from the street lights that I've passed. That way if someone is coming up behind me I can see them. Even though I've never had a problem or even the suggestion of a problem, I still stay alert. I listen to what's going on and keep my eyes open. Just what they told us to do in school.

I enjoy walking in the dark but it is so discouraged that I don't do it often. It seems ok if I'm outside and then it gets dark, but it's harder to leave a well lit apartment and head out in the dark. Riding a bike is less worrisome because I figure that people aren't as likely to run out into the street and grab a fast moving bike. Of course, you're more likely to get hit by a car since even with lights you aren't always noticeable enough though I've never had a real problem.

I walked by the Labor Ready place just before 7:00 this morning and there were seven guys looking at the engine of a car. They weren't doing anything, just standing in a semicircle and looking. What is it about a raised hood that causes this reaction in men?

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Rachel Aschmann 2001.
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