Friday, December 12, 2008

Storm's A Coming!

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.....

19 comments:

Beth said...

Wow, craziness! But they might not have wanted you to take pics even if you'd had your camera.

Stay safe in the coming storm!!

Beth

Alice said...

Hope the weather doesn't get too rough for you. Sounds bad! What an experience with the shopping trip:)

DB said...

Well, if you can't get out to get your jollies in the weather, at least you got to watch a major bust. That must have been fun. D

Sheila said...

Hi, thanks for coming by my blog. I lived in Covington, Washington for a couple of years. I'm glad you came by my blog, but this is the first I have had, I read aol journals but I never had one. Come again, Sheila

Joann said...

WOW!! What a shopping trip you had today!!! My sister and my mom saw a police involved shootout in front of Wal-Mart once years ago.

Stay safe in that storm!!

Joann

Monica said...

Those are the kind of stories I get to hear from my son ... except I get to know WHY they were arrested. Usually drugs. Anyway, that was some excitment you got to see first hand. And NO camera?!

I didn't see the waves on the news. I was busy driving in all that crazy weather. It's good to be safe at home.

Monica

Searching for Peace said...

I hope that you stay safe during the storm. We are having alot of storms up here in north western Pa. LOt sand lots of snow. Terrible driving. Very scarey... hugs, Christine

garnett109 said...

Must have been a drug bust.

Marie said...

Am thinking of you all tucked up in your cosy home while the storm rages around you. We are having a story day here today as well.

Trees said...

Wow Linda that was quite some shopping trip, lots of excitement. My friend in Oregon, said the weather is going to be very bad also. I hope you will be ok there, sounds pretty bad with such high winds.

Julie said...

What excitement, LOL. I never have my camera either as I worry about the cold on the lens. Will it hurt?

Robin said...

HOLY COW! I'd been peeing in my pants! Was it on the news that night?

Jeannette said...

You lead a pretty exciting life up in Washington Linda! Lol! Stay warm and safe indoors, the weather sounds like ours, we've got torrential rain, gale force winds and I think a lot of the country has snow. Let's skip this winter and bring out summer! Jeannette xx

Joyce said...

How sad that these young men have chosen a bad road. Their parents will be having a sad Christmas this year. I'm like my mother, always feel sorry for the parents of the bad seed.
Hugs, Joyce

a corgi said...

what a wild adventure you had!!! makes you wonder what it was all about; I would have been watching the news/reading the paper to see if anything was mentioned

stay safe in the storm! I think you are sending it our way since we are due for some wet cool weather in the week ahead

betty

Traci said...

Holy Cow! Too much excitement!!!

Lori J said...

Hey Linda, Great blow by blow description...used to get them from hubby when he was on the force...but I'll bet at some point a bit later it sank in what actually happened or could have happened.
Enough excitement already,

Love Lori

Lisa said...

Geesh, sounds like a wild time - too bad you didn't have your camera along.

Greg said...

Wow, that really was exciting. Nothing like a felony take down right in front of you. The chances of them spending Christmas in jail is slim though. They were probably out before the paperwork was done...That's usually the case around here.