Thursday, August 7, 2008

Be Safe

Last weekend was an eventful weekend. I must admit I do let down my guard around the beaches because I have grown up around here and feel truly at home here. But I can honestly say that letting down your guard in these times is not such a bright idea. The beaches has a wonderful trolley for us to enjoy. I highly recommend this when you are with a group or even ridding solo in the PM but as soon as we hit the AM schedule it might be your best option to take a cab. Last weekend I decided to venture out to the Jax Beach side of town, which I rarely do. Generally I stay right here in my neighborhood "Marsh Oaks" and visit the local watering hole within walking distance. Well I decided to take the trolley to Atlantic Beach from North Jax Beach around 1:00 AM and was all by myself. Can you guess what happened.....Two guys tried to rob me for what ever I had on me. They walked up to me right on 3'rd Street and said "Give me your Phone Bi$#*, and Empty out your Pockets!" They did not have any visible weapons and I refuse to go with out a fight so all I could do is say "NO, Get away from me, I am not going to give you anything of mine, and I just kept saying it over and over." Finally a nice couple who saw me at the bar across the street happened to pass by and see what was happening and pulled over and asked If I needed a ride. I did not hesitate, at that point I had no clue what I got myself into but I just knew I had to get off the street. They ended up being really nice and dropped me off in Atlantic Beach. I am really lucky nothing else happened. Unfortunately I did not call the police but the least I can do at this point is let all of you know who to look out for and please try to be safe. Coastal Cab is now my Best Friend for rides home, I am not sure I will even ride the trolley if I was with others. It is just a different town than even a few years ago. Be aware and stay safe.

If anyone knows who that couple is, tell them thank you from me. There are not many folks who will do such a nice thing anymore. But they did.

Here is what the crooks looked like:

2 young guys around 17'ish
Both African American
One was Chubby about 5'10" with a slight afro
the other was taller and a more slender build with short hair.
It happened around 17'th North Going North on 3'rd.

I learned my lesson, I am a grown up with a family. To much to loose, I will no longer be venturing out, for something different to do. I guess someone is trying to tell me keep close to home. Also I will invest in a nice can of mace, ASAP.

Thanks - Lindsay