To preface my scary story, I have to tell some of you that I have come across 3 exhibitionists in the last 5 years here in Provo. The first time I was flashed we lived in Wymount, and it was a stupid high school kid–still very bothersome. The next time I was a little more frightened because I was out jogging on the Provo River trail by myself with Kimi, and a guy that looked about mid 30’s, passed us on the trail and stopped a little ahead and whipped out his stuff. That was 2 years ago this December. The 3rd time happened last Friday.
I decided that I was done with running on the Provo River trail by myself, because although it is very beautiful and peaceful, it is definitely wooded in some areas and a perfect place for weirdos to go. So I instead jog in only neighborhood areas. There’s this one route I like to take that goes past a horse pasture, and the kids love to see the horses. There’s still a lot of houses out here though, and it’s very close to an elementary school and our stake center. Still very safe. And last Friday, as we were jogging past the horses, on the other side of the road, we ODDLY ENOUGH run into THE SAME WEIRDO I ran into 2 years ago!!! He was jogging toward us on the other side of the road, and was jogging at a good speed. When he got close to us, he STOPPED! A huge red flag came up to me, and I got a glance and realized, “Oh my gosh, he’s going to do it again….time to jet.” So I took off running. I noticed that he started fiddling with his drawstring of his shorts and turned around and CAME AFTER US!!! I’m a little terrified at this point, and so I was just praying and praying that I could keep up this pace and get the heck out of here. Ironically enough, this was the only day I didn’t bring my cell phone because it was about to die. I turn around a while later, and he is a bit far back now, but still on the road. I went past the school and the church, and looked back. I must of outrun him, because he was gone. I don’t know if I was supposed to react the way I did, but the only thing I am thinking of is, “I am way too close to a weirdo, and he is way to close to my kids, and I want to get as far away from his as I possibly can.” Cell phones apparently don’t bother him, because the first time I ran into this guy I was on the phone with my sister and he showed his stuff. As soon as I got home, I reported this same freak for the 2nd time, but they still have not found him. What I really wished I could have done, was to have brought my gun and shot his thing off and kept him on the ground until the cops got there. But I didn’t have my gun, and I couldn’t have threatened him with it anyway. Sheesh……the WORLD WE LIVE IN.
P.S. So, if I could give any of you girls a word of advice, DON’T go jogging BY YOURSELF, especially at NIGHT, and especially in areas that don’t feel safe. Don’t be STUPID, it could happen to anyone. And if you’re really smart, get a concealed weapons permit before the elections next month.