This was down the street from the Wal-Mart; I was spending some time in a parking lot when I noticed a police car. I watched them for a bit, then up comes this Gallup Community Service Aid van, and then the police started arresting someone. He was a very large man, and they checked him out, then put him in the van.
There is a locked cage inside the van, and the prisoner was put in the cage. When it was all buttoned up, the van drove off, and then the police car left.
The next day, late afternoon, I was in The Palms in Wal-Mart's parking lot when I noticed a Gallup Police car in the lot, with it's lights flashing. I never did learn what was going on, but we ended up with three police cars, one sheriff vehicle and one security car, all with lights flashing. A lot of activity was happening, and they were getting things out of the trunk of one of the police cars. One man wearing street clothes was talking on a large sat phone.
I would have loved to know what was happening. I'm very nosy, but from afar. I don't want to appear nosy, you know? So I never get close to the action and usually don't find out what happened.
Then today, a series of sirens sounded close-by. I looked across the street, and there were emergency vehicles in front of Wal-Mart.
I've had people knock on my door twice so far, asking for a handout. Both pretty early in the morning. The first time I had the generator running and was blowing my hair dry, so I ignored it. That was at Wal-Mart. The second time was at Home Depot, and the woman saw me through the windshield, so I couldn't ignore her. I just asked through the closed window if I could help her. After she asked for money, I told her I didn't have any to spare. There were two women and five or six men sitting under a tree in the corner of the parking lot. They were pretty close to the front of The Palms. I saw them yesterday, too, but they were closer today.
After a few hours, I started being a little nervous as more people came, and I drove around the block to the other corner. Home Depot has blazing fast free wi-fi for it's customers, so I like parking here. I figure: 1. my son-in-law is an assistant manager at Home Depot; 2. my son is a general contractor and spends a fortune at Home Depot; and 3. I've been a customer for many, many years. So I'm really happy to take advantage of their free wi-fi as a "customer," even though I'm not buying anything this week. Thanks, HD! This is the fastest Internet connection I've had for months and months.
It's been hot during the day. I was working away at my computer yesterday on a project for a friend. I "get in the zone" when I'm working or playing on the computer and don't notice how hot it's getting. Katie jumped in my lap with her paws on my shoulders and stared at me. She had been out, had food and water, and her treats were up to date at that point in the day. Then I looked at the clock and noticed the temp in The Palms.
|99.6 degrees? Holy cow, time to get out the neck wraps.|
|Katie in her neck wrap and wet t-shirt Princess dress.|
She's happy now - nice and cool - with a madly wagging tail. Sorry, guys, that's the best wet t-shirt photo I can provide today.
Oh, yeah, I also turned on the A/C.
In addition to the hot days, we've been having furious storms on and off since we arrived in Gallup. Loud, rolling thunderclaps, very close by and almost immediately after the huge lightening flashes. Pouring rain. Very cool... I love it - as long as the lightening doesn't hit The Palms.
From me and Katie in the hot blacktop jungle, have a great Monday, everyone! :)