Tuesday, 22 August 2006: Revenge of Soddenday
Here we are again: lots & lots of rain in the Anchorage bowl, no doubt also in the Mat-Su. Though I was wearing my raincoat, I got soaked walking home from my appointment this afternoon — shoulda been wearing my rainpants too, as the rain sluiced down my raincoat & landed directly on my legs. Something more effective for my feet than leaky sneakers would be in order, too. All the gutters were at flood stage. I had to stop by home & change clothes & dry out before I was willing to make my way to my local precinct to vote in today’s primary.
All that came after the unexpected excitement on the bus ride from work to my appointment. I was riding bus route 3 along Northern Lights, & we were just crossing the Seward Highway, just before my stop. when the bus driver brought us to an abrupt halt, in order to make way for a stream of about 10 police cars coming up the highway & turning left onto Northern Lights. I got off at my stop & continued up Northern Lights on foot, & caught a lot of the ruckus of police cars all around Sears Mall, & on both sides as well as the middle of Northern Lights. There’d been a shootout between people in two vehicles, a bystander told me, & someone had just been taken away in an ambulance. I learned later from the news that the person in the ambulance was a Murkowski campaign worker who was hit by a ricochet just outside Murkowski campaign headquarters. Thank goodness he will be okay. And I hope they catch the shooters. I guess the shootout happened just moments before my bus arrived.
Otherwise a normal day. Got 20 minutes dancing in this morning, & bus stop walks & the morning cross-campus walk, plus the walk to my appointment & home, took care of my day’s exercise. Which was nice, because then I felt fine about taking the car with Rozz to finally do my voting.
Day total: 12,295 steps (or equivalent).