Sometimes I see stuff happen and I can’t help but wonder why…
Today I saw:
An old man push an infant in a stroller into traffic. He wasn’t at a crosswalk, just came out from behind a van, pushing the stroller way out in front of him. The stroller was one of those super-thin wire frames that sits about 5 inches from the ground. Both the stroller and the child were so small that I didn’t even see them until he appeared from behind the van. It was lucky that there was no one beside me or I wouldn’t have been able to swerve out the way in time. The curve on that street is really tight–you can’t even see oncoming traffic when you’re coming around it. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more scared, angry, and relieved all at the same time. And the man didn’t even go back onto the sidewalk after our near miss. He kept on walking the baby across the street so that all the other cars and trucks–on both sides of the road–had to swerve out the way.
Later on, at a major intersection, I saw this teenager, maybe 14 or so years old, swinging his leg out into the traffic as it went by and he waited at the light. I couldn’t tell if he was doing lunges for exercise, or just taking wild kicks at the passing scooters, but it was really strange. He nearly got hit three times. Every time he kicked, he went farther out into the intersection until the passing scooters were all pulling themselves into a single line into the far left to avoid his unpredictable movements. I don’t know what he was trying to do. It didn’t look like he was on drugs or mentally disabled or anything. It was just weird.