I’m working on She-Wolf Leader of the Pack, trying to finish up edits on it, moving some scenes around which means having to change a lot of stuff around those scenes because one change changes a lot, and I was sharing the scenes with one of my beta readers from Minnesota on messages on Facebook to see if it’s working. Then I get another message from a friend, who lives in San Diego, and she warns me to stay clear of Waco, there’s been a whole lot of shooting.
So then I have to stop writing in my little fantasy world where I’m very happy and see what’s going on in the real world.
Of course, you always have lame reports just so someone can say they reported the news right away, ie, there was fighting over a parking space between rival biker gangs that left 9 dead and 18 wounded. There were 3 gangs involved. No, there were 5 gangs involved and it started in a restroom of a Twin Peaks restaurant. My daughter and SIL had informed me it was like a Hooters–scantily dressed women, drinking. We usually don’t have this kind of violence in Waco. Yes, we have crime like everywhere else.
But 150-200 bikers at one club–from different outlaw biker gangs? I was totally clueless.
We actually have a Christian biker group that meets at our library and they’re very nice. So it’s certainly not to say that all biker groups are bad. And apparently, only a very small percentage are, but these are reported to be involved in major drug crime and more.
The Central Texas Market Place is a nice place, and several new stores were just opened around the time I went to New Mexico. I do a lot of my shopping there, so I say again, I was totally clueless that anything like this could happen there.
We live halfway between Dallas and Austin, about an hour and a half, north and south of us, very much the center of Texas. We’re about 3 hours from Houston and 3 hours from San Antonio, so in the middle of all the big cities. Would we have had this deadly shootout if the restaurant hadn’t been there? From what police say, the restaurant management didn’t discourage the gathering of these biker gangs there.
Who knows. We’re so central to everything, maybe they would have just met at another hot spot. Truly, I didn’t know we had any organized crime outlaw biker hot spots to go to. But according to news reports I’ve read, and who knows how accurate they are, this one had been catering to the gangs for quite a while.
In any event, the rest of the Market Place is very family-oriented. It was a real shock to see that this could happen there. My daughter even called me from Houston, warning me they expected more trouble and not to go into Waco, and saying again I should move closer to them. I love my daughter and SIL.
Anyway, I have obedience training tonight for my puppies, and I’m seriously thinking of not going in. And I need to get something from the car dealership where I bought my car, and it’s really close to the Market Place. *sigh*
Maybe I should just stay in my fantasy world. There truly is something to be said about ignorance being bliss.
Do you ever feel clueless about things like this?
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