If We Were Having Coffee on the 31st of August, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice strong Dark Roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is a gorgeous day, pleasant, a slight breeze, mostly sunny.  Let’s go sit out back at the table in the photo at the top.  Where is it?  Some of you may know I am on Cape Cod.

This was my vacation week.  My parents typically visit the last week of August, but they had to back out this year.  I still kept the entire week off, my only full week off for the year.

It’s been a strange week.  The first part was too cool and windy to kayak or swim.  And then there was a day and half of rain.  But the last couple of days have been gorgeous.

I did get out on the kayak on Tuesday and then again yesterday for the longest paddle of the summer, perhaps the longest paddle in the last 5 or 6 years.  It was at least six miles and may have been as many as 9 miles.  It’s hard to tell with the map I used, so I’ll have to find a better one.  I’ve also been swimming a few times, have had a couple of long walks in the woods, etc.  I’ve been taking care of the dogs – a full time job ;)

I spent the rainy day on Wednesday going through The Old Mill.  I did something I’ve never done before.  Even though I added three chapters and deleted one, I called the end product the First Draft.  Despite these changes, it is still very rough.  In fact, those additions were the only things I really did to the work, so I added some rough chapters to the rough draft, keeping it a rough draft.

I had some excitement yesterday afternoon.  I was headed out to get gas and pick up a few things at the grocery store.  At the end of my street, waiting  to pull out onto the main road, a couple of police cars roared up and stopped almost across the street from me.  One went into the parking lot I thought I saw him pull out an assault weapon.  The other parked so he was blocking half of the lane of the road.  I pulled out behind stopped traffic as it started to move again, but didn’t make it far.  A fire engine and ambulance blew in.  I made it around the police car in the middle of the road and went up on the curb.  Another police car came in front of me, hopped the curb inches in front of me and parked in the sidewalk next to me!  A motorcycle cop zipped up and pulled in behind me.  I pulled away, but had to pull over two more times as police rushed to the scene.  I took a shortcut to the gas station and could hear sirens the entire time.  As I was getting gas, I could hear them coming up the main road in front of the gas station.  I was looking away from the road and saw a dirt bike rip through the back of the station at a high rate of speed.  He hit a bump and was airborne for several seconds, like a Hollywood stunt.  The police were going by in front of the station at that same time, so I knew the dirt bike was being chased.  More police cars ripping through.  When I got back home, they had an entire parking lot and road taped off.  Seeing later pictures, there was a car inside of the parking lot that was taped off as well, so behind two “layers” of tape.  I took a walk with the dogs as helicopters flew over, one shadowing me and the dogs as we walked….

I later discovered that the person in the car was shot and airlifted to Boston.  The dirtbike was the primary suspect.  He was on the run for a couple of hours going through several townships before loosing the pursuit.  They later found the bike and then found him.

Anyway, excitement for the week.

Today is a beautiful day.  I am going to run as soon as I post this.  I will kayak later in the morning (not 9 miles!) and go swimming in the afternoon, so I may not be around.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll try to hit some coffee shares later this weekend.

The Weekend Coffee share is hosted by Eclectic Ali .  This week’s share is here. and the link up is here.

36 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 31st of August, 2019

  1. Prior...

    hi T –
    dark roast for me – splash of almond milk??

    hope you are enjoying the weather and getting all of your activities in…
    :)
    and that is some police buzz to be in the heart of – whew –

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Not your usual tea in a coffee mug… OK, a dark roast coming right up.

      I’m back in New Hampshire today. It was a gorgeous day, but very cool. Nice to be outside :)

      Yeah, the entire police thing was just odd and a little scary. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be shooting going on around me….

      I hope you had a good weekend :)

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      1. Prior...

        Weekend going well – worked on some certification stuff – that is why I needed the coffee – ha! Sat too much but fixing that now – and we have a few friends coming for dinner tomorrow – what about you – anything going on for Monday? Lots of dog time of course

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is pretty amazing. Walking around the neighborhood, that is all everyone was talking about all weekend. I guess we usually don’t get that much excitement in our little corner of the Cape.

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  2. bearmkwa

    Wow, what a scary experience. I probably would’ve just gotten out of my car and gone home if all those cruisers had pulled up around me. Don’t laugh, I’ve done it before, when we lived up in Columbus, Ohio. Anyway, glad that you weren’t hurt in the whole ordeal. Man, you must have nerves of steel. I had a very less chaotic weekend. ~Shalom, Bear

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      With all of those policemen jumping out of their cars, I wanted to be as far away from there as possible! Ain’t no walking fast enough ;) my brother once found himself surround by police holding weapons, aiming for buildings on the other side of the street. This was in Cleveland back in the 80s. He just drove on, hoping everyone waited till he was long gone before they started shooting…. It was a little scary, but I didn’t hear any shots or anything, so not terrible. But, yeah, that type of drama does add a little chaos to an otherwise normal afternoon.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong

    Are you in the midst of the EEE mosquitoes? We finally got our first spray last night. It was the first night which was warm enough to spray. Supposedly, we’ll get another spray or two — if the weather permits. I know there was a critical patch down in the Plymouth area and I did not know if it had spread.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I heard more about the EEE mosquitoes before I was on the Cape, so my guess is they didn’t spread this direction. On thing that is good is that I have rarely been bitten by mosquitoes on the Cape. Ticks, all of the time, mosquitoes, no.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Overall it was a very good week. I am sorry my parents couldn’t make it, but they’ll be here another time. As far as local crime, yeah, just odd and a little scary. Thanks, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend as well :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I did think that – if I were three or four minutes earlier… But then, I think the person who was shot was specifically targeted. I think it was done almost assassination style. Still, don’t want to be close to a desperate, ruthless person! It is good that they caught him

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was a very good week, if not as good as touring Scotland ;) As I said in another comment, it’s a nice episode to put into the mental library to pull out as reference when I have a need for something like that in some future story…. I hope you are having a great weekend!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      That is one positive thing about it, a good story. Or perhaps a scene in a larger piece. One more thing put in the mental library which will be pulled out for future reference ;)

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  4. Sagittarius Viking

    Wow, the first part of the post was so peaceful, vacation, nature, and then all of a sudden there’s trouble in paradise. Maybe you should write a book about your vacation week? :) It sounded like a pretty good storyline. I’m thinking that soon, when the days get a little cooler, I’m going to do some kayaking too. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was such an odd thing – there usually isn’t that much violence around here, particularly in broad daylight! It might make a short story or perhaps a scene in a novel… I hope you do get to go kayaking. I always enjoy being on the water. Have a great weekend!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Very scary excitement and totally unexpected. Any time we bumped into anybody from our neighborhood, that is all they talked about. Both the run and kayaking were good. I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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