My first condition yellow/orange
I picked up my daughter from work this evening at 10:30 pm. We needed 3 items at the grocery store so we stop in. $100 later we pack up the car and head home. When I get into the driveway, we start unpacking the car and bringing the groceries in.
On the second trip out, I notice a guy walking his dog. It is late at night (about 11 pm) and it is low light. I do not recognize the guy nor do I recognize the dog. It is not my style to be suspicious, but I did notch up my awareness a bit. As he walks by, he makes a friendly comment and continues walking. OK.
Now, the street I live on is not one that you would walk on unless you lived in the block. This seemed a bit strange, but nothing happened and he walked up the block. I looked around and nothing else seems out of the ordinary.
My daughter and I take another load of groceries in. On the next trip to the car I see 4 rather large men walking up the street. I do not recognize them. In the low light, it is really hard to see much. I am a lot more aware of what is going on. I am thinking of what I would do if something happens. I have my daughter with me and she is complete oblivious to what is happening. The men are talking and laughing and having a good time. As they get closer I notice all of them are armed carrying OWB. Great.
At this point, I will admit I did not handle the situation well. I actually froze. I was thinking this could very likely not end well. What I should have done was get my daughter and me behind my car and asked these guys who they were and what they are doing. I normally do not carry a flashlight, but that would have been helpful.
As they get even closer, I notice that they are all wearing some type of uniform. They start up a friendly conversation with me as they are passing by and I can now see that they are county sheriff. Turns out they are K-9 cops training the dog. What they are doing walking through low lit neighborhoods at 11 pm at night I have no idea, but I sure was relieved.
This was actually a good experience for me. I realized that I should have been a lot more aware of what was happening and have a much better plan. I could think of a million things I could have done much better. One thing for sure, I am glad I didn't draw or confront these guys.