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What a Shame!

Friday, August 26, 2011

As I travel around the metro area of Kansas City during my work day, I have several parks designated for walking between work sites so I can fit in exercise in between assignments. Today, as I pulled into one of my favorite places, a lady walking her dogs stopped me and asked if I had my cell phone on me. I answered Yes, as I carry my cell phone in my pocket. She said a lady walking in this park a couple of days ago was assaulted and she wanted to be sure I was aware of the possible danger before she left me there. This made me very uneasy but I went ahead and walked but took the shorter path rather than the usual longer one.

It is such a shame that the enjoyment I always feel from walking in this park has been taken away by someone who preys on ladies trying to live the healthy lifestyle.
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  • no profile photo CD2332407
    Sorry I missed this Blog Linda. Please stay safe. I care about you.
    3608 days ago
  • 69NURSE
    Greatful for the warning of possible danger; glad you were able to walk anyway, even though it wasn't as long as you would normally have done and happy you are safe. I like the advice of the earlier SP who talked about taking a safety class in awareness. I think that should be part of all females upbringing...maybe there would be fewer assaults. At any rate, stay alert, calm and safe. God bless. emoticon emoticon
    3629 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1389378
    It is really great that she was able to give you the warning. Personally I've lived with this for as long as I can recall. I've been stalked after leaving the hospital as a new nurse, when I was 20yrs old. It was all good as I knew what to do and the stalker ran off when he realized I was very aware of him. I walked late at night and early morning despite warnings by police of a serial rapist - didn't have money for cabs, you do what you have to do. I've been on the LRT late at night to go into Vancouver and been swarmed, used all my counselling skills and the kids sat down, joked with me until security arrived. ~whew~ That one was a bit tight but I didn't realize how tight until after security left and I saw people were sitting way far away from me. I guess what I'm saying is be alert and aware, don't stop living. I'm glad you still went for your walk and I hope in time you feel safe again. Another suggestion is to take a self-defense course for women - one that teaches street smarts. I took it when I was 20yrs old, it was put on by the police and rather than teaching "moves" (like judo or karate), it teaches self-awareness. There are little things one can do that give a message of "back off or die buddy" without being threatening. It's also going with your gut and if you don't feel safe, walk away. It really is a shame when you lose your sense of safety and as I mentioned, I hope that returns soon.
    3630 days ago
  • BONNIE627
    it's a shame what the world is coming to..just be careful and stay safe..you cannot even let kids play out in the yard in some places anymore.. emoticon
    3630 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9303521
    Yes, please be careful. Isn't there a more populated place you could walk?
    3630 days ago
    I'm so glad she warned you. Is it one close to our area? It is sad that there are so many creeps out there and a woman can't feel safe anymore. Be careful Linda.
    3630 days ago
    stay safe, can you go with a buddy?
    3630 days ago
    Wow - I'm glad the lady warned you! That was nice - she could have just kept it to herself. It is sad that we are living in such dangerous times and that you can't even walk in the park feeling safe.
    3630 days ago
    Very sad to feel you cannot be safe in a public park !! emoticon Glad to hear you carry your cell phone but it is always important to be aware of your surroundings- having a walking buddy is nice but not always practical , esp if trying to fit in a walk on your break time .
    Ever thought of kick boxing as a form or exercise ? emoticon
    Walk strong emoticon and be safe. emoticon Peggy
    3630 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9065446
    Good for you for getting the walking in. There are probably creeps all over, so this is a good reminder to be aware of your surroundings!
    3630 days ago
    It is too bad we can't feel safe in our parks, please be careful and I don't walk anywhere without my cell phone.
    3630 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    It is unreal what is happening these days! Do be careful!
    3630 days ago
    That is sad. We just have to be careful.
    When I'm running errands, I like to park far away. Now I really watch where I park.
    3630 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5800145
    So much has changed over the years.... Children could go to the park and enjoy the play area - now that is unheard of. Its sad to feel that your robbed of the pleasure of a stroll in the park...

    Don't let this put the damps on your day!

    Have a great weekend!

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    3630 days ago
    OMG!!!!!!!!!!! Be careful!!!!!!!!!!!! vista
    3630 days ago
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