It’s 7 am on Saturday morning and I’m out for my usual morning exercise. I’m listening to David Garret on my MP3 player, all is going well – the mornings are much cooler now even though the daytime temperatures are still hovering around the 100 plus degree mark.
I come upon another morning walker and we exchange “Good Mornings”, “How you doing today?” and continue on our walks. Next, I see a young boy walking a beautiful Alaskan Akita, the boy is dressed in his soccer uniform, I guess ready for today’s practice or game. Again, I say “Good Morning, what a beautiful dog and well-behaved too!” The boy walks on and so do I.
Several cars pass, but the rest of the walk is uneventful, as is normal. I have now been walking for 45 minutes and am coming upon what I call the last leg of my exercise. I walk up an incline then cross over and go around another block and then begin my return home. I am almost up the incline and ready to cross the street when – what I, at first think is a large dog, runs right next to me from in front of one of the houses to my left.
No, it wasn’t a dog; it was a very large javelina! This animal was close enough for me to feel the movement of air on my legs as he passed (remember this is Arizona and I am walking in shorts). These animals have been known to attack people and cause serious injuries.
Now this is enough – coyotes, rattle snakes, enormous spiders, scorpions, peregrine falcons and now giant javelina. I have said this before and I will say it again, loud and clear – I AM A CITY GIRL, THIS PLACE IS JUST WAY TOO WILD FOR ME! So today I have made up my mind to pray harder, think positive and to lower the price on my house. I want to go back to the life I knew. ARIZONA IS NOT FOR ME!!!