In my attempt to get to 10,000 steps per day, I've been trying to take more walks around the neighborhood. I don't live in a big city or anything, and walking paths are hard to come by. So I can either walk around the center of town, where I'm likely to get hit by a car, or go to a more residential area.
The problem with the residential areas is that there are dogs. Not that I have anything against dogs, but it sort of disturbs my peaceful walk when I can't walk by any houses without a dog barking its head off at me.
The other day, I was walking through a residential area, on the sidewalk in front of a house, when a dog started racing down the lawn towards me, barking like crazy. At that point, I realized that this dog was not on a leash. I backed up a few steps, off the sidewalk, in what would probably have been a pretty meager attempt to not get mauled by this dog, if its owner hadn't come out and yelled at it.
Unfortunately, as I stumbled into the street, a car had to swerve and just barely avoided hitting me.
I was really freaked out by the whole thing. Seriously, if that car had hit me, Who would have been at fault? The car? The owner of the dog that didn't have a leash? Or me, for being stupid enough to dare to walk in front of a house that had a dog in it?
I swear to God, these 10,000 steps a day are going to kill me.