Yesterday was a change of pace.
I had to be in Lansing yesterday. For those who don't have a picture in your head, Lansing metro region is about 300k people. There is an uber-liberal enclave on the east end (a University). The city's population for the last four decades and the population flat-lined since 1980 and remains at 120k. The roads are beat up. The population is tipping toward "diversity".
I had lunch with my 26 year-old niece who lives in Lansing and I had a very pleasant time.
It had been an exciting week in Lansing.
There had been a traffic accident in front of the building where her mom works on Thursday. Not only was it where she worked, it was during normal working hours.
The driver responsible for the accident lost his self control when the cops showed up. He had a firearm and started shooting at cops. Then the shooter fled into the parking lot of the aforementioned building.
He surrendered after (quickly) running out of ammo. It wasn't much of a fire-fight. Reading between the lines, he emptied his magazine and continued to point his weapon at the cops. In short order, the suspect collected a gunshot wound and decided to surrender.
The cops fired one shot and the suspect is listed as being in critical condition at the local hospital. I commend the police on their trigger discipline and marksmanship.
Then, my niece shared that she had just received a text that a human body had been discovered beside the trash-dumpster behind her place of business. She assured me that she had nothing to do with the event.
That is one good thing about the city. They might be thieving and murdering, but they don't litter.
My niece assumed it was a drug O.D. or a suicide. Covid has been tough on folks.
I asked her if she had a plan if things got "spicy" in Lansing.
She does. She would abandon her house and move in with her youngest brother's family. "Hell yes they would take me. Free baby-sitting!"
She also has mentally drawn out routes in her head that avoid the likely hot-spots should a Get-out-of-Kabul timeframe come to Lansing.
She has one thing on her bucket list. She wants to go to Florida and see a manatee in-the-wild. She doesn't think that is going to happen this year.
On a different topic
I asked her if she wanted to go deer hunting this year.
I am ashamed to admit that I had never invited her.
She leapt at the invitation.