I walked at Greenlake Friday, June 30, 2017, two circuits. This was walk 28 and circuits 53 and 54!
I walked later in the day that usual.
Near the beginning of the first circuit there was a group of five boys who asked me several questions. They began by asking if people ever called police about me and why and what did the people say and how did police respond.
I said that some calls were diverted by 911 operators who probably say it is not helpful to go see me, but there are also some people call and say I am nude when I am not and police come to see me once or twice a year for that. Sometimes people were exaggerating and sometimes factors fit together that made it hard for people to know if I was nude and police and some of the public had more peace if people did not walk while fully nude on the walking path.
They asked why I walked and I explained it was a form of art and also provided some women with the knowledge that they could wear a thong if they desired.
They asked about the knife I was wearing in a lanyard, and I explained it was a deterrent to certain threats. I also explained Seattle law briefly and how the knife was short (3.5 inches) and a folding knife (and therefore legal by Seattle law), although it was temporarily extended with the knife’s usual locking mechanism. I said that a kitchen knife being carried in public was currently illegal by Seattle law, and could get a person in legal difficulty if being carried on the way to dubious activities, but the folding knife of the type I was carrying was considered legal.
I demonstrated the open and closing of the knife. (See, this is the knife, and here is how it closes. Although the knife looked like it was a fixed blade when we began, this is actually a folding knife. Here is how it looks when folded into itself.)
We took a second to discuss pepper spray (also on my wrist) and the rapes which had taken place at Mountlake Terrace HS and how self-defense and martial arts should be in a club or class at high schools to give the girls inspiration and better odds, if and when the girls fight back, of stopping an attacker. I explained that an attacker with a skateboard had turned and left after seeing the pepper spray being set up for use against him.
Without touching one of the the kids used for demonstration, I demonstrated slowly the motion for grabbing a person’s ear and pulling it away, as one method of reducing some attacks, and also I demonstrated the motion for a straight forward frontal stomp kick and said, You should learn this kick on a punching dummy so that the dummy goes down, although the dummy has weight at the bottom to try and keep it stable.
Few or no women were in thongs today at times I walked by. Whether today was a less than usual day or because it was because of my later start, I do not know!
I had another funny experience at one point during the first circuit. There were people sunbathing on the large lawn which is just to the northwest of the east Greenlake beach.
There were 2 young women of probable college age or 20s or so who smiled and said hi. One of them was a woman wearing shorts and lying face down with a nice figure. I would have taken a photo of her, if I had been 30 feet away rather than 5 feet away, if we had not had a conversation at the beginning and if taking the photo was more discreetly done. As a result, the photo I desired to take was probably not going to happen, cause I normally don’t end conversations with walking 25 feet away from a person and taking his or her photo!
But instead, what happened was that I continued a few feet forward and another woman thanked and complimented me on the fringe skirt I was wearing. I said thanks or God bless her and turned and relooked at the first 2, who were also looking my way.
I returned slightly to them and asked they would feel bad if I took their photo, which they put off in a gracious and friendly way! They said, “Why?” and we discussed that and they said, “The next time we see you,” meaning, who knows?
So, I got to wonder for some of the time later if I had put my request differently, if the two would have said yes. I think that the next time, if in that situation again, I would have explained that her figure was nice and her pose attractive!
My mom had what is suspected to be a mini-stroke today. The “mini-stroke” was manifested in her being confused and not responding to her environment, though the effect of the stroke went away after an hour or so.
Previous to the mini-stroke mom had complained of swelling or pain in an extremity and had even seen the doctor about that and the medical assistant had not immediately spotted the likelihood that the pain was caused by a blood clot and higher blood pressure in an area.
So, if and when you have an elderly parent, and if and when the parent complains of some pain or swelling in extremities, consider making sure that circulation is good and blood is not clotting nearby.
Here are some of the interesting photos!