Cars, Plums and Grapes

It´s amazing what a trip to the shops can do.

I live 10 minutes walk from a Supermarket in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Sometimes I drive there though that usually takes longer than 10 minutes because of the one way system and traffic lights. SO today I walked there as I only needed a few items.

On the way I was reminded how easily life can change in an instant. Ok so the roads are busy but most of the crossings are controlled by lights and it is easy to see traffic approaching.

One of the side roads, a rat run between the two one way streets, is on my route. It has a well marked crossing and a feck off big sign saying STOP!

As I walked across the crossing I saw a grey car coming toward me. No problem, I thought, he is a long way back and I´m quite visible – bright afternoon and I´m wearing a yellow top.

But he didn´t see me.. not until the last minute.

I had visions of another long hospital stay with a broken leg or two, just like the time the idiot in a taxi knocked me off my motorcycle.

He stopped.

About 25cm from me.

I think I farted.

But that was all.

People watching seemed to be more shocked than I was. But then I am a driver too and I know how easy it is to just momentarily lose concentration. I bet the driver is having nightmares about what almost happened. Of course the Police would throw the book at him, and rightly so, knocking someone down on a zebra crossing.

I walked on to the supermarket, merely giving the driver a minor admonishing wave.

Then I just can´t help laughing when I get into a store and see big juicy Purple Plums for sale. And nice grapes from Chile.

It´s the knob and plop humour, Grapes and Plums.

Enough to make you almost forget that a ton of hot grey metal almost took you out five minutes ago.

How quickly life can change.

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