Today was like any other day.
Get up, go to work, go home. Repeat as needed.
I got on the bus and rode to the Park & Ride. Listening to music, thinking about dinner.
About half way there the bus came to a halt. There was a roadblock by the local police ahead. The bus came to a halt and an officer got on.
"This road is closed. No traffic going either way for about an hour and a half."
Shit! I'm almost home! I just want to go home and relax!
"If you need to continue northbound, you'll have to take the bike trail. We aren't allowing any foot traffic thru this area."
Sigh. Its miles to the Park & Ride from here.
Well, I guess I needed some exercise.
We all shuffled off the bus like fucking refugees and started shuffling northward.
This beautiful girl from the bus got my attention. "Do you know how far it is to go?" she asked in a strange accent I couldnt place.
"A couple of miles I guess."
"I dont know this place very well," she admitted.
"Thats okay, I know where I'm going, you can follow me."
The sun was out and glorious. A great day for a walk in fact.
She was fascinating. Apparently she hailed from one of those weird former Soviet republics in central Asia.
She had fine, exotic Asian features and eyes like liquid amber.
We walked and talked endlessly. About families, about our homes, about religion.
The whole time I was amused at how odd the world can turn.
How two people from opposite sides of the planet can end up walking together, enjoying the warmth of the sun and the fragrance of the air.
Just another random encounter in a world full of random encounters.
Just another day in the life...