Beautiful Sunday yesterday in Montreal. We decided to take the ratdawgs to Girourd Park, so Farnsworth could bark his ass off at the dogs in the dog park and Flea could snuffle around, ingesting non-food items.
We got in the car and started down Sherbrooke when we noticed a commotion ahead. Stopped cars. A gathering crowd. Never a good thing. I saw a body on the road. As we passed, I saw it was an old woman, who was bleeding from the mouth.
I later learned, she'd been the victim of a hit and run. She was crossing the street - on a red, unfortunately. Her son was with her and escaped injury. But she was not so lucky. Today on the news, they announced she had died in hospital.
She was jaywalking. We all do it. I do it every damn day. And now, Montreal Police are reiterating that pedestrians have to stop being so bold. And they're doling out fines. And I for one, know I won't stop jaywalking. Maybe for a few days. Then, I'll THINK about not doing it. Then obeying traffic signs will soon become a distant memory. And if I get fined, I damn well deserve it.
But drivers, too. They have to stop being such jerks, cutting us off in mid-stride. Or barreling right through crosswalks. It makes me insane. So, I guess we've all got some things to think about. But will we act on them? I hope so. And yet, I think not.