It’s that time of year again. A time for all the little ghosts and goblins to be out. It’s also a time for witches and vampires as well. I’m talking about the scariest night of all, Halloween.
Halloween isn’t what it used to be though. Matter of fact, it’s not safe to be out after dark anymore.
It’s used to be fun and relaxing after a long hard day at work to go walking out in the dark. It even used to be romantic to go walking in the dark with your sweetheart.
No wonder midnight is called the witching hour!
You don’t want to be walking after midnight anymore, because it’s not safe.
When they talked about shadows in the moonlight, there might be shadows you prefer not even see while out walking.
I don’t know if it’s because I’m older or because the people is just getting crazier and scarier. I mean, Fargo used to be a safe small city to live in. I didn’t mine walking after dark just to relax after a hard day of work.
Now when you ride the city bus, the bus driver is in a little cage for their protection. Not just from the virus but also for other safety precaution. They even have cameras on the bus for safety reasons. They also have cameras in the taxi cabs as well. Some areas are worse than others too.
If you go to Minneapolis, there is an area that the busses will stop running around 2 am because of safety reasons; and they run 24/7, except for that exception.
I remembered years ago, living up north Fargo, near Broadway. I thought nothing of it to go walking in the dark. I even cut through the alley, without a fear. Then one night, I spied a homeless person digging in the dumpster. I was a little scared, and I didn’t cut through the alley after dark anymore.
I took a train twice and it was fun. The bad things about taking a train is, the train leaves during the night and the neighborhood where the train depot isn’t very safe. You’re not sure who you may run into.
Much like going out to certain bars in the night, it’s not safe anymore.
Some say that growth progress; and that may be so. Along with growth, comes crimes and less security as well.
I hated Chicago because to me, it wasn’t very safe. I remembered going passed Chicago on the way to Indianapolis. I made sure that the doors were locked in case we were stopped in traffic. I didn’t want anyone to break into the car with me in the backseat.
This past summer, when I was at Lake Geneva in Alexandria, Minnesota, it was beautiful there; even in the dark. Before going to bed, I sat outside behind my cabin by the light of the fire just a swinging and visiting with others there. It was tranquil. I felt very much safe and relaxing. You can’t feel that much in Fargo anymore. It was so beautiful and peaceful.
Crimes is getting so bad in these cities, a person just doesn’t feel safe anymore; especially after dark. I mean, it had been a few years since I have been out West, near Seattle, Washington. I have cousins out there in Washington; but because of the riots that had taken place this past year, I’m in no real hurry to get out there. Call me a chicken, if you want, I don’t care!
I do remembered the last last time I was out there, I was with my cousins in Sumner, Washington. It was a suburb of Seattle. We were sitting out on his front porch and I didn’t have a fear in the world. Matter of fact, my cousins hate going into Seattle if they don’t have to.
I mean, some people may love New York City. To me, you can keep New York City; not because it’s Liberal State either. New York City is worse than Chicago. I’m not much for big cities. I prefer small town or living out in the country. There you can go out walking without fearing for your life or if you are going to get mug, murdered, or even rape. It’s the simple life I miss the most.
Some people, if they win the Powerball, they would move near the beach. Not me, give me the mountain and countryside, away from people over that any day.
Believe me there are days while riding the bus, there are some crazy people on the bus. I began wondering if there is a full moon or what. You hate to be on the bus after dark because you never know what kind of crazy people you might meet. I remembered when I was coming home from Concordia college after work and saw someone dressed like Marilyn Manson. It scared the hell out of me.
Let put this way, when I have a day off from work, I try to get my stuff done early enough in the day; so that I can home before dark. It seems that normal people rides the bus in the daytime; whereas the crazies come out after dark. It was especially noticeable when the bus fares were free because of the Pandemic. If I don’t have to be out after dark, I prefer not to be; and I love working at the Fargo Dome because it’s my sanctuary from a rough day at my other jobs.
This Halloween have a safe and Happy Halloween. Remember that you are running out of moonlight; so people seems to be crazier than they are in the daytime. Keep an eye on those shadows in the moonlight as well! It may be shadows that you don’t want to even see. I’m not talking about vampires either.
When I was younger, it didn’t scared me to be out after dark, walking or going to the bars. We didn’t even had to locked our doors back then; but we do now. I knew someone who never locked his house doors. I think to myself, you’re trusting or foolish.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween this year!! Watch for those extra shadows in the moonlight as you are out walking; because you never know who it might be. There are more than just ghosts, goblins, witches, and vampires out there you need to watch out for. Now you need to watch out for the crazies as well.