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post #31 of 63
4:00 a.m. sometime in the winter of 1975, at a party: a former boyfriend of my roommate's flame all of a sudden materialized. Honestly, no one can remember the guy coming into the apartment. He was very hostile. My roommate discretely exited the scene. The next thing I knew the guy was behind me with a chef's knife at my throat demanding to know where my roomie had disappeared to. There were two dozen or so people watching, none of whom made a move for about what seemed like a half hour (although it was probably but a minute or two). He told the assembled drunks and druggies that he was going to slit my throat unless "Frank" was produced, pronto. When another fellow finally made a move to break up the situation, the dude grabbed me harder and dragged me across the room. I honestly thought I was living the last few moments of my life. I was so surprised by the whole thing that I offered no resistance, which seems like a very wimpish reaction as I look back on it. Within a few more minutes, the guy finally was talked into some level of sanity and released me and dropped the knife. I heard later that this dude ended up ending his life by slitting his own throat a couple of months after this episode.
post #32 of 63
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4:00 a.m. sometime in the winter of 1975, at a party: a former boyfriend of my roommate's flame all of a sudden materialized. Honestly, no one can remember the guy coming into the apartment. He was very hostile. My roommate discretely exited the scene. The next thing I knew the guy was behind me with a chef's knife at my throat demanding to know where my roomie had disappeared to. There were two dozen or so people watching, none of whom made a move for about what seemed like a half hour (although it was probably but a minute or two). He told the assembled drunks and druggies that he was going to slit my throat unless "Frank" was produced, pronto. When another fellow finally made a move to break up the situation, the dude grabbed me harder and dragged me across the room. I honestly thought I was living the last few moments of my life. I was so surprised by the whole thing that I offered no resistance, which seems like a very wimpish reaction as I look back on it. Within a few more minutes, the guy finally was talked into some level of sanity and released me and dropped the knife. I heard later that this dude ended up ending his life by slitting his own throat a couple of months after this episode.
wow, that is serious stuff
post #33 of 63
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wow, that is serious stuff
This coming from a guy who responds thusly: ...shelled by syrians and lebanese...shot at a few times... somebody charge at me with an ax..... had stones thrown at me from the rooftop of buildings..... been close enough to either see or hear a dozen or so suicide bombs.... been in a house fire..... detaned by Macedonian cops...
post #34 of 63
yeah, well, aside from a few of those, I had chosen to put myself in harms way and was armed and prepared to deal. a knife at the throat by somebody who then went on to kill himself a few months later (showing that he wasn't stable) is pretty serious.
post #35 of 63
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Hope you don't mind my asking, but - how old are you now, and are you now a father?
I'm an old 25 this year, and no, I'm not a father. She decided against having a baby.
post #36 of 63
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Every Canadian kid seems to do this. I wasn't scared because I was well out of harm's way when the train passed, but looking back, I wonder if we all grow up just plain stupid in small town Ontario?
That's certainly the best answer I could come up with...that or we all have a death wish. I must admit it was the first and only time I ever did that. You gain a new appreciation for life when the front of a train traveling at high speed is beside your head.
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I think that gorgekko and others can relate, though his brawls seem much more serious than the ones I've been involved in (i.e. no one ever pulled a weapon out).
More stupidity. I and the group I hung around with enjoyed the physical stuff. Teenage boys and young men are so silly. That night we made the mistake of easily winning against some rough characters when one of them decided to even the odds (it was 3 on 3 -- he made it 4 on 3 ). Needless to say we performed an orderly retreat and counted ourselves lucky. Those days are behind me...I am a man of peace and love these days. Well, mostly I guess.
post #37 of 63
Everyone look to the left. Satan.
post #38 of 63
Karl Rove is not Satan.  Only Satan is Satan.  And even he may not be. Can't we all just get a grip?  Keep things in perspective?  When did it become impossible to disagree with someone, even dislike someone, maybe even despise someone, yet nonetheless refrain from comparing them to the Prince of Darkness? This sort of obsessive hatred was bad when the right did it to Clinton, and it's bad when the left does it to Bush.  Bad for the people involved and bad for the country.  Bad, bad, bad.  Stop.  Chill.  It's okay.  They'll all be gone in 3 1/2 years, and the country will still be here.  Or, if it's not, it won't be Rove's fault.  Try to remember that there are real people in the world who want to kill Americans -- both Democrats and Republicans -- and who want to destroy the country no matter which party is in power.  From a certain distance, to certain people, we all look the same.
post #39 of 63
I am having the best laugh of my day...
post #40 of 63
If you're trying to parody obsessive, irrational hatred, then I will chuckle with you. Mildly.
post #41 of 63
he's laughing because he's trying to join the 'all-forum-recent-post' club. you have to be overdosed on caffeine to do it. /andrew - a two-time member
post #42 of 63
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If you're trying to parody obsessive, irrational hatred, then I will chuckle with you.  Mildly.
Oui. Plus it's the end of my day so I thought I'd have a little fun.
post #43 of 63
My most frightening situation hasn't happened yet, but sometimes I wake up screaming, "No, you can't make me pay full retail."
post #44 of 63
i've been in a handful of life and death situations, mostly involving car or bicycle accidents, but for some reason i was never scared. i just assumed i was going to die and i didn't panic about it. the most frightened i've ever been was when i went hiking and i was hanging on to edge of a waterfall by one hand. if i had slipped i would have died. the only reason it really frightened me though was that i was stoned at the time.
post #45 of 63
One day i lost a Dunhill cufflink.
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