Coincidence? Not Likely! Midwayers!


From the Desk of George Barnard.

Written By Denis Neumann.

Edited by George Barnard.

This story goes back to about 1953, and at the time my mother and I were staying at a beachfront hotel in Santa Monica, California. I would have been 15 or 16 years old at the time.

One evening I walked into town to see a movie, and after the show I walked back by a slightly different route. It was about 9:30 pm by that time. I was taking little notice of my surroundings. I knew that if I headed due west, I would soon find the beach, and then locate the hotel.

I soon approached what I guess was a bar, where there was a group of young men standing around outside having a conversation. There was perhaps just 30 feet between us, when a few of them noticed me, and moved into the middle of the sidewalk to intercept me.

At that very moment, I sensed I was going to be in big trouble.

This was nothing like a main street, and there were no other pedestrians, or even any cars driving by.

Before I could really make a decision as to whether to turn around and run, or keep walking towards them, two policemen stepped out of an alley just a few feet in front of me.

At this point, the details of what I recall are a little hazy, but they did ask me in a kindly way what I was doing there at that time of night. After I explained I had been to a movie, and was heading back toward the beach, they told me how to get back to my hotel, and they also said that I shouldn't have taken the route that I did.

They walked me past the group by the bar. Moments later, when I looked back, they were talking to the group. I realized at that moment that I had likely made a rather close escape from a bad beating or even worse.

In writing this for the 11:11 lists, it occurred to me that neither before this timely event nor after did I ever see two policemen on foot patrol in a semi-residential neighborhood like this. And their timing was perfect!

Thanks again, Midwayer guys!

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