Coming home today, I had to cross two streets in front of my house. Neither is large (two lanes a piece), though one can be a little tricky to read at times. Nonetheless, I was certain of my crossing and started across the street. Suddenly, this guy appears out of nowhere and grabs my hand. I snatched my hand back, and then he says, "I just want to help you." I said, "I'm fine, I'm fine." For me, there's always a tiny pang at that point. Questions run through my head like: "Did I screw up this crossing somehow, go against the light, anything?" I tucked my hand in my pocket (the other hand being busy with my cane) and crossed the street. I felt slightly bad afterward. I'm sure the gentleman meant no harm, but he startled me. I have always lived in big cities, and use a large dose of caution when traveling. Mostly, though, I didn't feel afraid, just so unprepared for someone to appear from nowhere and grab me. I turned and crossed the other street, and he started to cross with me, but must have decided I'd make it without him, because he turned and went on his way. I'm not sure what I should have done, but that's probably the same reaction the next person would get under similar circumstances. Lora To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.