Before I elaborate on the next hike I'd like to share my experience of the day. A complete stranger offered a kid in a stroller a lolly pop. He paid 25 cents for the candy and handed it to the kid. The mother of the child put up a fit - yo, I get it. Always ask the parent, duh, but don't punish the good gesture.
They took the argument outside and I proceeded next in line to buy lottery tickets. Come to find out it was too late to play lottery for today and since I dont normally play anyway, I walked out without a purchase.
Outside, the girlfriend of the guy who offered the sucker to the kid grasped the mother by her hair and was relentlessly upper cutting her in the nose. As her forehead was being slammed into the building post, I stepped right up into the fight and yelled, "Hey, hey, hey!!!"
At that point, the boyfriend pulled his lady off the girl and the pummeling subsided. However, the stupid mother of the kid yelled back, "at least I didn't pee my pants!"
Okay, whatever lady. You just got your ass beat and your nose was dripping blood like a leaky faucet. Meanwhile, my 9 & 12 year old had a front seat view as they watched the action from my parked car. Alyssa confirmed that the mother of the kid actually slapped the other lady in the face first and then that lady retaliated and straight up whipped her ass!
Yo, sorry for the vulgarity, but it is what it is. Fortunately I stepped in and stopped all this madness. Maybe the old me, before kids, would have antagonized the braul at the highest level but today, not the case.
A bit later, we drove down to the 99 cent store to buy Alyssa a soda. The mother who got beat was on the phone with the police complaining of how she was just attacked and could barely stand. It was true that she was loosing a lot of blood from her nose. I do understand her point, ask the parent. But she handled this all the wrong way, obviously, she got beat!
I don't get it. Grown adults acting all ghetto like we're still in high school. Foolish people. Grow up. Really? Ah, then finally we went back to Pizza Hut to pick up our pizza. Two sophisticated males were talking about firearms and the class they had to take to purchase their equipment. My goodness...
Look, I know we dont live in Utopia and I truly understand that our childhood did not go as well as we would have liked, hence the reason why most adults are idiots, yeah, me included. But the fact is, we are adults and we have responsibility. Let's just be good, think right and freaken deal with it! Really people, it's all good. Ya know, no big deal. Pour back a cold one if you need to; at least that's legal.
So there it is... I'm working hard as normal, watching these kids, managing life, hiking for sanity and trying to update my blog - so let's talk about an earthquake...
Day #943 * Hike #1197 * New Track #929
Paso Robles, CA