I just heard a weather blurp on TV and the storms they are predicting are heading this way. They showed scenes from Westport out on the Washington coast where there are 22 foot waves crashing over the breakwater (ohhh I wish I was out there!), heavy snow is falling in the mountain passes, wind gusts to 55 miles per hour have been reported on the coast and are heading east (inland). It's been rainy, sunny, rainy and gusty here all day. I'm all cozied in, have plenty of food and firewood on hand.....so let 'er blow!
I did go out in the car this afternoon, briefly and it was a trip I'll never forget. Not too far from me there's a Franz Bakery Outlet over behind what's known here as the B & I store. I decided to go over there so I could another loaf of bread & some English muffins. The bakery outlet is on a road that goes behind this big B & I store and there are big speed bumps along it so people will go slow. Anyway , I was creeping along and this white car with real dark windows pulled out of the B & I parking lot in front of me. I almost got the notion that it looked like an old police car other than the fact that the windows were so dark. Next thing I knew, I heard sirens and saw two police cars coming in my rear view window so I pulled over. Then 2 more came from the other direction.....3 of them pulled in to block off the white car and the 4th one pulled up along side of me. All of the officers jumped out of their cars with their guns drawn and the one that pulled up next to me, yelled at me to "back up, back up." This old lady shoved it into reverse and backed up as fast as she could. Before it was over, there were 8 or 9 police cars from Tacoma and 2 police cars from the city of Lakewood and 2 county sheriff cars. There were 6 young men in the white car and they came out one by one with their hands up. They were cuffed up, searched, etc. The last one was cuffed and an officer had him over the back of the police car right in front of me. After the officer patted him down, he pulled out a wad of bills from the kid's pocket. There were so many, that some fell out and they were blowing down the street past my car. The officers were chasing the money down the street and eventually gathered it all up. Anyway, he nicely suggested that I turn around and go to the bread outlet from the other direction, explaining that "this is going to take awhile" so I did. It's probably about a mile to go back & come in from the other direction and when I got there, did my shopping and left to come back home, they were just wrapping things up. There were still 3 police cars there and a tow truck was pulling up to get the car. There were passengers in the back seats of all three remaining cars.....I think they may have been getting a ride to the Cross Bar Hotel. Christmas in jail~not a pleasant thought.
I have been faithfully carrying my camera with me for days~but did I have it today ??? NOT !!!!!!!!!
That's was truly enough excitement for this old lady for the year.....