Random Encounters – Street Crossing

Interacting with random Bloomsburg Townees is always an interesting experience. These moments typically occur in a few seconds, but they are definitely worth sharing.


I left Jen and Sare’s apartment around 3:36pm to return home. Traffic began to congest heavily by the time I reached the corner.  I patiently waited for an opportunity to cross.

Please let me cross. No? Okay.

Will you let me cross? No? Alrighty then.

Seven minutes flew by and now an older gentleman stood on the opposite corner also waiting to cross. There was a brief lull in traffic and the man darted immediately. My aversion to becoming roadkill kept me standing still.

The man starting shouting at me from the middle of the street “Hey boy! You better hull ass and cross now while you can!”

Is he talking to me?

He clearly was. Confused and inspired I seized the moment to dash across the street. To my amazement, the man was right! Cars continued to zoom past soon after I reached the sidewalk. This man clearly crossed streets for a living. The header on his resume said “Seasoned Jaywalker and Street Crossing Specialist.” Without him I may have waited another twenty minutes to cross the street. He wasn’t the hero I wanted, but he was the hero I needed.

That just shows that not all heroes wear capes – Barry

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