Strangest thing. OK, there are plenty things stranger, but I felt like I had to share this. And I apologize for the lateness - just some craziness lately.
Last Thursday, July 24, I was driving home from Columbus Field. I had a softball game that night - we lost btw - and I started heading home. It was a little after 10 p.m. and things were pretty quiet in the city as they usually are around that hour.
Columbus to my neighborhood on the south-central area of the city is no easy task. There are a lot of options, none of which are quick. Some nights I take 691 to 15, but that night I took an alternative route.
I drove passed the RJ and went down Crown like I was going home from work. I’ve done this plenty of times. Often, you get people walking in the street, a narrowed road because cars are parked on both sides, and you generally have to just be careful.
Having been ticketed on the street in the past, I tend to drive slowly. I’m traveling south and I begin approaching the Curtis Home area. You go up a small hill and then down slightly. In the distance I saw a figure moving slowly. A dog? Probably.
It was a deer. When I say slow, I mean taking its time. I was more anxious to see it than to take a picture. I didn’t want to startle it, but there it was. In the middle of Crown Street. The inner city area, no less.
I’m looking at Google Maps and really can’t figure this one out.
There’s not a ton of woods in the area. Just slim sections. It would had to have crossed plenty of other streets along the way.
I get it. Deer exist. They walk through nature. People hate that new developments take up their natural habitat. But there are no new developments in the area. This deer was just casually walking across the middle of the city.
Now people are going to read what I just wrote and think 1. why did I just read this or 2. This is really interesting. I’m writing it for those who think #2. I’ve thought about the deer every day though for whatever reason. I was pissed off. My team had just lost and maybe just lost a chance at 1st place for the regular season - something I wanted desperately. Then along comes this deer. I am the only one who saw it on Crown Street. Just walking down the street, across Crown and into a backyard. What are the chances?
I’m not sure. But simple crazy things like this are what make you stop sometimes and realize there might be something more interesting than that softball game. Or it might not be as important as this deer finding its way home.
I am terrible at estimates. I don’t know how big it is. I assumed it was a huge dog only because I never expected it to be a deer. It looked like an adult though. My parents used to get them from time to time in their yard as they live in a somewhat wooded area along Route 15. So I know about how big they are in size and what a baby and adult look like.
It was odd though and something I’ll probably think about for a while headed down Crown Street. When you drive the same street every day you remember things - where I got that ticket, where those two men were shot two years ago, where that person was hit by a car a few years back…etc. It’s nice this memory will be a positive one.