There are any number of reasons why someone would be out and about at 1am. Searching for blog material is probably one of the dumbest …. but I was willing to rise to that challenge with enthusiasm.
My plan was to simply drive around to the spots where there was likely to be action at this hour of the night to see what was – or was not – happening. I would describe my night-time adventure as being one of lost opportunity. ‘Lost’, simply because I wasn’t fast enough in my thinking processes to capture what I was seeing.
My adventure started before I even left the house. As I was about to head out the front door, I heard noises in the back. I turned on the flood light over the pool to discover at least half a dozen raccoons were having a party on my deck. They were lounging on the sofa, cushions scattered everywhere, and …. what the hell?! … one of them had my swim goggles in his hands.
Did I manage to get a photo of these uninvited guests? No. Those fat and furry bandits scattered like the wind when I opened the door. One of them had the temerity to hiss at me before he waddled off. As I was putting the cushions back in order (my OCD was still very much alert), two smaller raccoons who had been hiding under the sofa, popped out inches from my feet and scurried away. Scared me half to death.
The only usable photo I have is the remains of my swim cap.
So onward I went into the city that never sleeps. Except I live in the suburbs. It was very quiet … strangely quiet.
My first stop was the hospital ER. I followed an ambulance – with no lights flashing – pull into Emergency. I know what you’re thinking – I gave “ambulance chasing” a whole new definition last night. I watched as they moved someone on a stretcher into the hospital. That’s right – I simply WATCHED without thinking to take a picture until they were entering the door.
Why was I simply watching? – there seemed something ‘off’ about the scene. The attendants were moving without any sense of urgency and there was something ‘wrong’ about the bundling of the person on the stretcher. It took me several minutes to realize that this wasn’t an emergency. The person was already deceased.
By the way, the police cruiser in this photo was the only one I saw during my entire night drive. I would have liked to actually go into Emergency to see what was happening in there, but I felt there were certain boundaries I wasn’t prepared to cross.
Next stop – the gas station. There is always something happening at a gas station – isn’t there? While my overactive imagination was quietly hoping I wasn’t about to trip into an armed robbery scenario, I found instead a broken watermain.
While I discussed it with the gas station attendant – who assured me that the appropriate authorities had been notified – a young couple came in to buy a car wash …. just a car wash.
Now, who buys a car wash at this hour of the night? It took me a full half hour – when I was already several kilometres away – before I clued in that they were likely planning their own night-time ‘adventure’ in the swishy confines of a car wash. I consoled myself with the thought that it would have been super creepy to have stayed to find out anyway.
Do you ever wonder who goes to an all-night grocery store? I do – and this was my opportunity to check it out. To my surprise, at 1:30 in the morning, there were many more people than I was expecting. With an apartment complex across the street, I could understand the singles in the store – almost exclusively, men – but my biggest surprise was a family, including 3 young children, buying snack food.
I made a few other uneventful stops, but it was the 18-wheeler trying to perform a U-turn in the intersection of a 4 lane road that captured my attention. If the video function on my camera was still working (apparently there are only so many times you can drop a camera before it loses functionality), this would have been a manoeuvre I would have loved to capture. It was NOT completed with any grace or finesse.
I think his plan was to complete the entire U-turn in one smooth move to reverse directions on a single green light. He failed – effectively blocking all 4 lanes of the road. Fortunately I was the only witness on the road to watch the cartoon manoeuvring. Unfortunately I didn’t get a single photo.
Tonight, I failed as a budding photographer.
This was my world between 1 am and 2 am this morning. I hope you slept well last night. For more adventures on One Day One World, visit Lisa at Northwest Frame of Mind.